Undergraduate Studies

Our ethnic studies undergraduate program offers a major (BA) and a certificate.

The UH Mānoa ethnic studies undergraduate program aims to change the way our students view the world. Our curriculum prepares students to pursue a wide range of intellectual interests through courses in the histories and social dynamics of different ethnic groups. It covers a wide range of topics including migration, Middle East conflict, land tenure, social movements, social inequality and social justice, labor history, and ethnic, race, and gender politics and relations in Hawaiʻi, Oceania, and the United States.

What skills can I develop in the ES program?

  • Ability to work effectively within global and multicultural communities
  • Ability to effectively discuss controversial topics
  • Ability to think logically and critically
  • Ability to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations through service learning and civic engagement
  • Excellent skills in oral and written expression
  • Strong research skills
  • Involvement with community-based projects
  • Awareness and understanding of popular mainstream culture and trends
  • Knowledge of issues relevant to culture and society

What jobs will value my acquired ES skills?

  • Education–teaching, research, counseling, student affairs, library and information science
  • Social Services–administration, program management, grant writing, outreach, counseling
  • Government–policy analysis, law making
  • Business–management, sales and marketing, human resources, public relations
  • Law–legal representation, arbitration, judiciary
  • Cultural & Labor Organizations–outreach, programming, research, archiving, curating
  • Communications–documentary film production, photography, journalism, writing, publishing
  • Nonprofit–program management and development, policy analysis, fundraising