Aloha! Greetings! And welcome to the Political Science webpage! Brigham Young University–Hawaii maintains a unique mission: to build leaders of character and faith who will promote world peace and address world problems—especially in Asia and the Pacific. We here in the Faculty of Business & Government embrace this mandate with humble sincerity. Our students and alumni literally fulfill the vision of President McKay and the university. We develop intercultural skills. We advocate an education that balances gospel and secular learning. We advocate peace and cooperation. We train leaders.
Politics involves more than politicians or pollsters. It concerns fundamental choices regarding our local, national, and global communities. It allows us to build order and peace from chaos and conflict. Prosperous and flourishing communities require a healthy political life - one that balances our basic needs, our highest aspirations and interests, and the harsh requirements of power. Political science students study power and how human beings organize their public life. Political science employs theory, examines current and historical events, and gathers statistics to reveal patterns of understandings. It draws insights from other disciplines such as economics, history, psychology, law, sociology, and more to illuminate the realm of political and social power.
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Political science investigates everything from human behavior to world events in an attempt to understand political systems and power. Students who select political science develop finely honed writing, effective communication, heightened reading capacities, and analytical skills. Majors learn to adapt, think on their feet, work with others, and interpret data. Political science students enter graduate school, business/legal careers, and government service. They thrive in public relations, journalism, human resources, the intelligence community, the corporate world, the military, non-government organizations (NGOs), the foreign service, think tanks, and hundreds of other fields and careers. Political science graduates also often serve as leaders within their own local or national governments.