Letter From the Chair

       I am pleased to introduce myself as the new chair of the BYU–Hawaii History Department and invite you to explore our website.  On this website you will find information describing the various matters of the History Department. You will find information on the teaching, scholarship, service, and honors of faculty members.  You will also find information on the courses we are offering, and the requirements to be a History Major and a History Minor.


      The present is an exciting time of change and innovation for both BYU–Hawaii and the History Department.  Starting in the fall 2017 semester, BYU–Hawaii will embark on a new modular approach to General Education.  Instead of students’ taking a core of required courses and sampling various other GE courses, students will begin their university experience selecting three minors in different epistemological fields.  History is one of the primary majors and minors in the Arts & Humanities grouping.  The History Major and Minor help prepare students for success in their chosen careers paths.  BYU–Hawaii History Majors have gone on to successful careers in government, law, medicine, and business—not to mention academia.  Students minoring in History for GE purposes will take five courses of their choice—with at least three being upper-division classes (History 250 and above).  The History Minor is flexible because there are no prerequisite courses.  All history classes help students develop skills that will enable them to be successful in their chosen career paths:  critical thinking, written and oral communication, and information literacy.


     The History Department has added several new courses that will be taught for the first time during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years:  Survey courses on the history of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Confucianism.  We have also created several course clusters that we think will entice students to maximize their knowledge and exposure to different areas of world history:  World Religions and Thought, Pacific Islands and Hawaiian History, East Asian History and Culture, European History and Culture, American Studies, and Family History.  Please click on the “History Course Clusters” link on the Home Page for more details.


    I invite you to look around the website, and find out about the courses offered and research and writing done by our faculty members. After doing so, I hope you will be inspired to enroll in some of our classes and realize the richness of an education in History.  Please do not hesitate to contact me ( to let me know what you think about what we are doing, and what we might do in the future.



Richard D. McBride II

Associate Professor and Chair 


February 28, 2017                         
                     mcbride fam