Welcome to the Department of Political Science

The mission of the Political Science Department is to promote responsible citizenship, prepare students for jobs in county, state, and federal institutions, and qualify our majors for acceptance to top-notch graduate programs and law schools. The Political Science program is designed to provide majors with exposure to a broad range of topics within the field of Political Science and train students in the techniques and theories used by political scientists to explore, describe, and explain political phenomena. The UH Hilo Political Science program prides itself on small classes, personal advising, and quality education with aloha.

The Department also houses two interdisciplinary programs: Administration of Justice (with a focus on criminal justice) and the International Studies Certificate. Political Science is within the Division of Social Sciences that is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Contact Information

Department Chair: Dr. Sarah Marusek
Coordinator of the Administration of Justice Major: Dr. Katherine Young
International Studies Certificate: Dr. Enbao Wang