Where Inspiration Leads to Change

The College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai'i at MĀnoa

Here, it's easy to be inspired. By our culture. Our diversity. Our surroundings. Our students and the potential of what they can do and who they will become. One of 14 colleges and schools at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, the College of Social Sciences (CSS) is among the largest of UH Mānoa's units.

Go Beyond the Books

Marked by leadership, excellence and innovation, our student-centered environment is dedicated to providing students with a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. Featuring outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, and an international focus particularly in the Asia Pacific region, we prepare students to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawai'i and Asia.

Our Mission

To provide students with a culturally diverse experience that transforms them into bold, engaged global citizens who effect change, break down barriers, touch lives and succeed in a multi-cultural context.

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Going Beyond the Books - The 8 Strengths of CSS

1. Student Centered

Learn to Lead the Way: CSS fosters an active environment that puts you among peers who share the same passions. You'll be encouraged to participate and to ask probing questions, to think out loud, to be a part of spirited debates. Your voice will be sought and will bring fresh perspectives on issues.

2. Critical Thinking

Think What Others Don't: Our courses expose students to a wide range of perspectives, enhance their spirit and skills of inquiry, and encourage their continual pursuit of truth. You'll be asked to consider multiple perspectives and challenge your own biases, shine a new light on issues, and seek alternative solutions to the problems at hand.

3. Applied Dimensions

Get Real World Experience: Through a blend of internships, service learning, networking, mentorships and more, CSS is your gateway to opportunities for integrative learning, collaborative assignments, and global and community-based learning that will deepen your academic experience, emphasize your relevance, and prepare you for success after college. You'll be encouraged to take an active role in your education by applying what you learn in the classroom to real world experiences.

4. Geographic Advantage

Be at the Center of it All: The college's unique geographical location allows for substantial exposure to influences from the Asia and Pacific regions. You'll find a rich combination of disciplines that meld culture with science and provides you with an in-depth understanding of the human dimension. We offer the perfect backdrop for a host of opportunities for cross-disciplinary studies that will allow you to immerse yourself in a community of scholars in an exciting, multicultural, urban setting.

6. Award Winning Faculty

Be Mentored by Innovators: At CSS, you will find leading international faculty who are dedicated to the student experience. Hailing from countries such as Canada, China, Columbia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Turkey, the Ukraine and more, these dedicated individuals work to identify and connect you with opportunities to explore and succeed in your chosen field.

7. Alumni Network

Connect with Market Leaders: With more than 27,100 alumni in 55 countries and all 50 states, you'll find a strong network of CSS alumni and friends who are just like you – bold, engaged, global – and who are ready to help you navigate life's journey.

8. Shaping the World

Make An Impact: CSS faculty, students and staff are today's unsung heroes. Together they take inspiration, blend it with ingenuity, and turn ideas into innovations that make a positive impact on our everyday lives including environmental policy, natural resource management, energy conservation, smart grid technologies, health care delivery systems, disaster science training, monetary policy implications, communication policy and planning, international trade policies, invasive species management, community-level food security, cultural revitalization initiatives, agricultural land use policy, family adaptation and promotion of positive development for children with developmental disabilities, foster-care system reform initiatives, research and active civic engagement, and more.