Peace Studies Concentration (with A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts)


Program Description

Inspired by the peace philosophies of Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae, the founder of the Tokai University Educational System (TES), Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) strives to create and foster global citizens who embrace peace, democracy, and pluralism. The Peace Studies Certificate Program manifests the HTIC and TES missions to promote peace through internationally-oriented education. It seeks to bring together students who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for conflict resolution, risk management, and peace-building.

The Peace Studies Certificate Program offers students the opportunity to study and promote peace in interpersonal, institutional, societal and/or global terms. The program benefits students who want to major in areas such as International Relations, Conflict Management, Risk Management, Social Work, Psychology, Education/Teaching, Development, and Justice.

Why Peace Studies?

  • Explore how you are connected to world affairs and what you can do to promote peace
  • Meet other students interested in the areas of peace studies and related studies
  • Get involved with local peace-building organizations
  • Learn various approaches to build peace
  • Develop the skills necessary to make tangible contributions to global peace and prosperity

Program Focus

In the Peace Studies Certificate Program, students explore sources of conflicts and various approaches to create “negative” and “positive” peace.

The program emphasizes broad, multidisciplinary areas/issues such as:

  • Conflict Resolution and Peace-building
  • Security Studies
  • Socio-economic Development
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Democracy and Pluralism
  • Environmental Protection and Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Resource Development
  • Human Rights

Program Requirements

  • Students must meet all requirements for an HTIC A.A. degree
  • All courses taken for the Peace Studies Certificate Program can also be applied to the student’s A.A. degree

The Liberal Arts Program offers a Peace Studies Concentration for students interested in pursuing international relations with an emphasis on peace. In addition to meeting the requirements for any of the three (3) degree options, students in the Peace Studies program are required to take:

  • IS 200 – Sophomore Seminar (1 credit); research paper must be on a topic related to Peace Studies

AND 12 credits earned from the following courses:

  • IS 196 Peace Studies Seminar (required for graduation and offered the Fall, Winter and Spring terms)
  • ENG 259 Literature of Peace
  • JOURN 105 The Press and Society
  • SCI 210 Environmental Issues
  • AMST 212 Contemporary American Issues: Global Issues
  • POLSCI 220 International Relations
  • POLSCI 222 Issues in International Relations
  • POLSCI 273 Nonviolent Political Solutions
  • SOC 256 Race and Ethnic Relations in Hawai‘i
  • IS 192 Service Learning
  • And any other courses designated Peace Studies (PS)

Certificates of Completion

Students who successfully complete the Peace Studies program will receive Certificates of Completion with their Associate in Arts diplomas.

Last updated Dec 2018

About the School

Established in 1992 as an American two-year liberal arts college, Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) is located in the city of Kapolei. HTIC, which is accredited by the Accrediting Commission f ... Read More

Established in 1992 as an American two-year liberal arts college, Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) is located in the city of Kapolei. HTIC, which is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), is the only American campus of the Tokai University Educational System of Japan. HTIC reflects the combined educational philosophies of TES founder, Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae, and Dr. Richard Kosaki, University of Hawaii Chancellor Emeritus, former professor and founder of the UH Community College System. Both men shared a strong belief in active education through which students not only acquire knowledge, but also develop critical thinking, communication skills, and the intellectual curiosity to be lifelong learners. Read less