Undergraduate Programs

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts offers seven bachelor's majors, two associate's programs, and a number of minors. Courses are designed to get students to think critically, to reason, and to ask questions about the human experience and the world we live in.


The objective of the undergraduate English program at Chaminade is to prepare students for graduate or professional studies in English and American Literature, creative writing, and careers demanding a sound foundation in literary studies, close/critical reading, analytical thinking, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Students who receive a degree in English may consider a career in the following fields: education, law, public relations, professional writing, business, editing, publishing, and more. Learn more about our Day Undergraduate and PACE English programs.

Environmental + Interior Design

Environmental + Interior Design majors are offered a wide range of courses, exposing them to many diverse aspects of the design profession. Both our B.F.A. and A.A programs are structured to prepare students for a professional career in Interior Design and related fields. 

Historical and Political Studies

The Historical and Political Studies program equips students with the knowledge of historical and current affairs at local, national, and international levels, and prepares them for any career by developing the reading, writing, and cognitive skills vital to any career path. Students who receive a degree in historical and political studies may consider a career in the following fields: education, law, government, school administration/development, intelligence research, policy analysis, historical research, politics, journalism, print/electronic media, and public affairs.


The Humanities program allows students maximum flexibility in developing a depth of interdisciplinary understanding in an area of academic interest that brings together disciplinary perspectives from the humanities, the arts, social and natural sciences. Humanities students generally continue their studies at the graduate level. Their studies prepare them for a reflective life of service and professional careers that benefit from the ability to apply integrated perspectives to problems and social situations using a variety of analytical tools and developed writing skills.

International Studies

The International Studies program enhances students' capacity to think comprehensively, creatively, and critically about such issues as commerce, finance, governance, social justice, development and human rights and the environment within the context of the relations among states and international institutions, regimes and norms. Students who receive a degree in international studies may consider a career in the following fields: foreign service, education, multinational corporations, social and/or governmental agencies, politics, law, journalism, and a variety of graduate studies.

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies program provides students with a broad knowledge and appreciation of the religious heritage of the East and West in a multi-cultural and inter-religious environment enriched by Catholic and Marianist values. Students who receive a degree in religious studies may consider a career in the following fields: education, the ministry, graduate studies and a variety of government careers.

Social Studies

The Social Studies program prepares students to teach social studies in middle and secondary schools. It is designed as a State of Hawai'i Department of Education (D.O.E.) approved content area, and may be used by students seeking a State of Hawai'i license to teach in secondary schools.