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BA in Social Sciences of Oceans

This Interdisciplinary Studies BA in Social Sciences of Oceans is a fully online degree designed to offer students training in social science approaches to addressing complex problems related to oceans and island societies. Major required upper division courses span across seven departments in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, including Anthropology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography and Environment, Political Science, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning and the Center for Pacific Island Studies.

This online degree program offers students interdisciplinary approaches to studying issues of global importance, such as governance and nationhood; identity and inequality; resource management and development; and the movements of peoples and cultural forms. Taking the University’s location in the middle of the Pacific seriously, the program centers on Oceania and the voices of Pacific Islanders.

Designed for working adults, this accelerated online BA degree is offered in five-week segments. This program is flexible and focused. Individuals with prior college credits equivalent to an AA degree, will earn this online Bachelor of Arts degree in less than two-and-a-half years.

This Social Sciences degree will open doors to careers such as:

  • City Planners
  • Community Organizers
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Cultural Educators
  • Policy Analysts
  • Grant Writers
  • Economists
  • Researchers
  • Year-round admissions
  • Totally online, with no on-campus requirements
  • Reduced student fees
  • Total credit hours 36-45
  • Accelerated 5-week online courses are taken one at a time (3 per semester)
  • Sample Schedule

Leveraging Hawaiʻi’s location in the middle of the Pacific and the expertise of UH faculty, the program focuses on Oceania and perspectives from Pacific Islands as it explores issues of global importance. They include the impacts of climate change; approaches to resilience; resource management and development; governance; social impacts; and human migration. The degree will prepare graduates for careers as natural resource managers, city planners, community organizers, environmental consults, policy analysts and grant writers.

The asynchronous platform provides students with the flexibility to graduate with a BA degree equivalent to those completed at the UH Mānoa campus. Program participants will earn a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Sciences of Oceans. Lower student fees and waived health requirements are among the benefits for fully online students. Find more information on tuition and fees.

The UH Mānoa online BA degree transcript is identical to those of on-campus students.

Note: This 5-week online degree is considered part-time, so there may be less financial aid awarded than to full-time status students. Ask about financial aid implications when considering this degree.

BA in Social Sciences of Oceans

BA in Social Sciences of Oceans

Jason Higa
Academic Advisor
Telephone: (808) 956-0660
Email: jthiga@hawaii.edu