The Department of Ethnic Studies focuses on race and ethnicity in Hawai‘i, the United States, and the Pacific. Through service learning and civic engagement, students develop theoretical, methodological, ethical, and participatory skills to analyze power relations and promote social justice in a globalized world. Department specializations include Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American histories of race, class, and gender.
Office: George Hall 301
Tel: (808) 956-8086
Fax: (808) 956-9494
Established in 1970 to teach “Our History, Our Way,” the Department of Ethnic Studies is the only unit at UH Mānoa that concentrates on race and ethnic relations in Hawai‘i, the United States, and the Pacific. The department maintains a research and teaching philosophy emphasizing praxis: the application of theory to complex problems in local communities, through service learning and civic engagement. Students develop the ability to think critically about society and popular culture, and work effectively within a global, multicultural community.
Major Academic Areas
Ethnic Identity, Indigeneity, Migration, Representation, Economic Change, Social Movements, Racism and Ethnicity, Critical Multiculturalism, Race and Gender, Ethnic Conflict, Land Tenure, Field Work
Histories of Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Arab Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans
Ethnic and Race Relations in the United States and globally
Political Economy in Hawai‘i, the Pacific, Asia, North America, and Middle East
Service Learning and Civic Engagement emphasizing community-based research, learning, and praxis
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Undergraduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies