College of Social Sciences, UH Mānoa
College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at MānoaCollege Logo
College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at MānoaCollege Logo

Vision and Mission

CSS embraces three clear statements — for purpose, vision and mission. The College’s purpose is to create the next generation of global game-changers. Its vision is to focus on students so they may achieve their higher education goals. And the mission is to foster a student-centered place by cultivating continued academic excellence, research innovation and community enhancement.

Purpose Statement: Reason for existence

The College is dedicated to creating the next generation of global game-changers, who operate and succeed in a multi-cultural context and improve the human condition by transforming science into social action.

Vision Statement: Hopes, dreams and aspirations

CSS aspires to be the destination of choice for students who look at science with an eye toward social change and responsibility. The College’s vision is to be the gathering place for those who want to break down barriers, touch lives and study in an innovative, transformative place among like-minded individuals. Guided by competent faculty, graduates will become tomorrow’s innovators and agents of change.

Mission Statement: Roadmap to the future

The College will achieve this vision by fostering a student-centered place marked by leadership, excellence and innovation. This environment is dedicated to providing a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. CSS features outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, advocacy for Hawaiʻi’s people and ʻāina, and an established international focus, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Students and graduates go on to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawaiʻi and Asia, and beyond.