Hawai‘i is the ideal location for both graduate and undergraduate students to study the War in the Pacific in detail.
At Hawai‘i Pacific University, participants learn how the United States mobilized to match and surpass the Japanese Navy, and how it adapted to the challenges of a war unlike any in history. The War in the Pacific was a challenge of distance, logistics, courage, and tenacity. From the moment Pearl Harbor was attacked, breaking the grip of the Japanese Empire over water, on islands, and in China seemed impossible. Over the course of four years, the United States moved, island by island, toward Japan. Each island presented new geographic challenges, and the Japanese forces adapted with each amphibious landing. Islands only a few miles long became savage battlefields with well-hidden defenders in caves and jungles.
Elsewhere on the island of Oahu, students will visit the USS Arizona Memorial and honor the men who lost their lives in the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and then view the aircraft used by the United States to strike back at the Pacific Aviation Museum. On the submarine USS Bowfin, an actual WWII submarine known as the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," learn what it was like for the submariners during the war. Over six credit hours, explore the intricacies of carrier warfare, relive the experiences of amphibious invasions, learn from some of the top military historians and Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) staff, and meet with eyewitnesses to the attack.
The courses for this program are exclusive to Pacific Academy and are offered only through The National WWII Museum.
World War II in the Asia-Pacific Region
Allan Millett HIST 4961-A/HIST 6628-A
This seminar examines the course of World War II and its consequences, beginning with Japanese expansionism in Asia and the impact of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Throughout the four-week program, students will consider the myriad ways in which this conflict shaped the contemporary Asia-Pacific region.
Special Topics: Military History of Hawaii
Brenden Bliss HIST 3668-A/HIST 6998-A
F 10:00-4:00 (excursion)
This course examines the military history of Hawaii from the time of the unification of the Hawaiian Kingdom to the present. A “new military history” approach will be used that emphasizes institution as well as “battle studies.” The course content is organized around field-study visits of significant battlefield and historical sites in Hawaii.
Special Topics: World War II in Europe
Russell Hart HIST 4900-A/HIST 6999-A
This seminar examines the course of World War II in Europe and its consequences, with special emphasis on the ideological and racial dimensions of the struggle. Students will begin by examining the origins of the conflict in the Great War and the profound interwar repercussions that fueled the Nazi Party’s rise to power. The seminar concludes by examining the enduring legacies of the conflict in post-1945 Europe.
International-Maritime Relations in the Asia-Pacific
Staff INTR 3400-A/INTR 6997-A
F 10:00-4:00 (excursion)
This course introduces students to the international dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region, examining the diplomatic, strategic, economic, and geographic factors that drove this region from the Age of Imperialism, through the world wars and into the Cold War. Particular attention will be given to sea power, maritime security, and trade in the history of the region. Students will be active learners through site visits, field trips, and guest speakers, and will gain an understanding of Hawaii’s place in various geopolitical processes and events.
- Study the War in the Pacific on the island where it began
- Engage with historians, anthropologists, and scientists from the Defense POW MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)
- Earn six credit hours from Hawai‘i Pacific University
- Enjoy lodging at the brand-new Waterfront Lofts at Aloha Tower Marketplace, with easy access to Waikiki Beach
- Embark on excursions to Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, and the USS Missouri
USS Arizona Memorial
Take a boat shuttle to the memorial commemorating the 1,177 men who perished when a Japanese bomb exploded the forward magazine of the USS Arizona.
On the USS Missouri, stand on the very spot where the surrender agreements were signed by both Allied and Japanese representatives.
Tour the submarine USS Bowfin, known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” and experience what life was like inside a WWII submarine.
Allan R. Millet, PhD
Allan R. Millett, PhD, is the Ambrose Professor of History and Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans and also serves as the Raymond E. Mason, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Military History at The Ohio State University.
Since 1969, he has directed 68 doctoral dissertations to completion, which remains a national record in his specialty. He began a professional appointment at the University of New Orleans in January 2006 as Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies. Dr. Millett was also the recipient of the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement, and coauthored the book, A War To Be Won: Fighting the Second World War. He also serves as the senior military advisor at The National WWII Museum.
Russell Hart, PhD
Russell Hart, PhD, is originally from London. He earned his PhD in history from The Ohio State University in 1997 and has been a professor at Hawai‘i Pacific University since 2000. He is the author of Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy and Guderian: Panzer Pioneer or Myth Maker? Dr. Hart is the coauthor of four additional works and has published articles on topics ranging from armored warfare, coalition command, combat effectiveness, and reconstruction of wartime memory. His continuing research interests include modern history, military history, diplomatic history, and genocide studies.
Brenden Bliss, PhD
Brenden Bliss graduated cum laude from Andrews University extension campus Newbold College in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in history. In 2003, he earned a master's degree in War Studies with Distinction from King’s College, London. His thesis focused on the use of coercive force in Anglo-Hawaiian relations under the reign of Kamehameha III. He has guest lectured at mainland universities and in the United Kingdom. Bliss previously served as the Military Campus Programs Scheduling/Administration Coordinator for Hawai’i Pacific University and is now a full-time instructor of history and International Studies Program Chair
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