College of Social Sciences
1859 East-West Road, Room 115
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8086
Fax: (808) 956-9494
I. G. Aoudé, PhD (Chair)-Hawai'i political economy, Middle East politics, social movements in Hawai'i and the South Pacific
D. T. Alegado, PhD-Filipino American experience in the United States/Hawai'i, international labor migration
M. Kelly, MA-land tenure and use history in Hawai'i, modern Polynesia, contemporary issues in the Pacific Islands
N. Kent, PhD-political economy in Hawai'i and the Pacific, American ethnic relations
D. McGregor, PhD-Hawaiian history, South Pacific social movements
G. Y. Mark, Doctorate-Chinese in America, criminal justice
J. Y. Okamura, PhD-Japanese in Hawai'i and the United States
K. Takara, PhD-African American experience
Degree and Certificate Offered: BA in ethnic studies, Certificate in ethnic studies
The Academic Program
The Department of Ethnic Studies (ES) is an interdisciplinary program with emphasis on undergraduate education. Initiated in 1970, ethnic studies combines traditional and contemporary methodologies with new perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and class. The focus is Hawai'i with its rich legacy of multiethnic heritages, but the research, teaching, and service components also involve the United States as a whole and comparative studies of societies around the globe.
Ethnic studies provides introductory and advanced courses on theories and practices of ethnicity, race, and class. The program also offers courses on the history and experiences of specific groups, including African Americans and Native Americans. Among groups in Hawai'i, Caucasians, Chinese, Filipinos, Hawaiians, Japanese, and Koreans are subjects of separate courses. There are also courses dealing with critical topics such as ethnic identity, land tenure, social movements, and labor history.
Students may earn a BA or the Certificate in Ethnic Studies. Graduates have gone on to successful work in public service, social service, business, law, labor organization, education, and other fields that require sensitivity to people and their backgrounds.
Students must complete 36 credit hours, including:
- ES 101 and 380
- 12 credit hours on the history and social dynamics of ethnic groups from ES 221, 305,
306, 330, 331, 332, 333, 335, and 338
- 12 credit hours on the history, theories, and problems of ethnic groups and ethnicity in the framework of social, economic, and political change from ES 301, 310, 318, 320, 340, 348, 350, 360, 365, 370, 381, 390, 392, 399, 410, 420, 430, 455, 492, 493, 495
- 6 credit hours of related courses approved by a department adviser