Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

There are several major reasons to become part of the Sociology program at Hawai'i Pacific University. Students who major in sociology learn about the sociological perspective, and are able to translate this perspective into a wide variety of relevant careers. 

The Sociology program at HPU prepares students for various careers in the private and public sectors, both locally and globally. Students who complete a degree in sociology have used their insight and qualifications to work in many parts of the world as global citizens, in countries such as Israel, Mexico and locations throughout Polynesia.

A recent study conducted for the American Sociological Association found that a significant percentage of students who graduate with a major in sociology find work in social service and counseling occupations in nonprofit organizations. The study states, "These graduates address social problems by working with battered women, poor families in need of resources, and adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system, for example." Sociology majors also tend to find employment in the information-technology field, human relations departments, marketing, and government, including working as "teachers, librarians, police officers, crime scene investigators, and parole officers."

Courses which prepare students for such ventures include the following topics:

  • Cross-Cultural Relations
  • Community Development
  • Peace Studies
  • Sociology of Terrorism
  • Social Movements and Collective Behavior

Program Objectives

Students who major in Sociology will:

  • Identify theoretical underpinnings of societal phenomena at micro and macro levels, as global citizens
  • Compare and contrast the types of methodological approaches that are particularly relevant to various fields within sociology
  • Demonstrate an awareness of a variety of communication styles, which derive from the many geographic locations and cultures represented in course curricula and in those who study at HPU.
  • Understand and Use technology for identifying, locating, and retrieving information relevant to the practice of sociology.
  • Participate effectively in group processes and decision-making

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