New Fully Online Degree
BA in Social Sciences of Oceans (Interdisciplinary Studies)

5-week Format Online Degree, geared towards working adults

Learn about the complex problems related to our oceans and island societies. Major courses span the Social Sciences, including Anthropology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Environment, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

Geared toward working adults, who have completed their general education or earned an Associates Degree, the Oceans degree is an accelerated online program offered in five-week segments with one course at a time.

Leveraging Hawaii’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, such as impacts of climate change; approaches to resilience; resource management and development; governance; social impacts; and human migration. The degree will prepare graduates for careers in natural resource management, city planning, community organizing, environmental consulting, policy analysts, and grant writing.

The asynchronous platform provides students with flexibility to graduate with a BA degree equivalent to those completed at the Mānoa campus. Students in this program 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. For more on tuition and fees, visit

UH Mānoa Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree transcript is identical to that of all on-campus students.

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

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

Quicks facts:

  • 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


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Jason Higa

CSS Online Advisor
Jason Higa
Tel: (808) 956-0660

CSS Online Support Services