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Ethnic Studies

College of Social Sciences
2560 Campus Road, George Hall 301
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8086
Fax: (808) 956-9494
Email: esdept@hawaii.edu

Web: www.ethnicstudies.hawaii.edu

Faculty

M. Das Gupta, PhD (Chair)—South Asians in America, race and gender politics, U.S. immigration policies
I. G. Aoude, PhD—Hawai‘i political economy, Middle East politics, social movements in Hawai‘i and the South Pacific
B. Chung, PhD—Chinese diaspora, transnationalism, Chinese Americans, popular culture and music
U. Hasager, PhD—associate specialist in civic engagement
N. Kent, PhD—political economy in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, American ethnic relationships
R. Labrador, PhD—Filipino culture, history and politics in Hawai‘i and the U.S., culture, race, ethnicity, class, diaspora
D. McGregor, PhD—Hawaiian history, social movements in Hawai‘i and the Pacific
J. Y. Okamura, PhD—race and ethnicity, minority access to higher education, ethnic relations in Hawai‘i, Japanese in Hawai‘i, Filipinos in Hawai‘i, Asian Americans
T. Tengan, PhD—identity, gender, indigenous theory and methodology, Hawai‘i and the Pacific

Affiliate Faculty

E-R. Cachola, PhD—information studies (militarism in the Pacific/Asia/U.S., settler colonialism, decolonization)
J. Darran, PhD—sociology (race and ethnicity, urban sociology)
S. P. Haglund, PhD—political science (Latin American studies, Indigenous studies, international and domestic public policy)
R. Hsu, PhD—English (Asian American and Asian diaspora literary and cultural studies, race and ethnicity)
M. Kato, PhD—political science (hip hop, ecological governance and traditional knowledge, community development)
W. Kauai, PhD—political science (race, law, and the political history of Hawai‘i)
L. Minerbi, PhD—urban planning (island planning, ahupua‘a management, community land use planning)
C. Quemel, PhD—educational administration (student affairs in higher education, Asian American and Pinay studies, sexual assault and domestic violence in Asian American and Pacific Island communities)
J. Rosa, PhD—history (20th-century Hawai‘i, Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.)

Degree and Certificate Offered: Certificate in Ethnic Studies, BA 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 U.S. 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, class, and gender. The program also offers courses on the history and experiences of specific groups, including African Americans and Native Americans. Among groups in Hawai‘i, Chinese, Filipinos, Hawaiians, and Japanese 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.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree

Requirements

Students must complete 30 credit hours, including:

  • 3 credit hours in ES 101
  • 12 credit hours on the history and social dynamics of various major ethnic groups from ES 221, 305, 306, 330, 331, 333, 338, and 339
  • 12 credit hours on the history, theories and problems of ethnic groups & ethnicity, frameworks for social, economic and political change from ES 213, 214, 301, 310, 318, 320, 340, 350, 360, 370, 372, 373, 375, 381, 390, 392, 395, 399, 410, 418, 420, and 440
  • 3 credit hours in ES 380
  • A 2.0 GPA in ethnic studies courses

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

Certificate

Requirements

Students must complete 18 credit hours, including:

  • 3 credits in ES 101 (ES 301 may be substituted)
  • 6 credit hours on the history and social dynamics of various major ethnic groups from ES 221, 305, 306, 330, 331, 333, 338, and 339
  • 9 credit hours on the history, theories and problems of ethnic groups & ethnicity, frameworks for social, economic and political change from ES 213, 214, 301, 310, 318, 320, 340, 350, 360, 370, 372, 373, 375, 380, 381, 390, 392, 395, 399, 410, 418, 420, and 440
  • A 3.0 in ethnic studies courses

ES Courses