Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences



Sociology is the systematic study of social life. Sociologists study social processes in human societies including interactions, institutions, and change. At UH West O‘ahu, courses are provided in three broad areas of substantive study: social psychology, organizations, and stratification.

The concentration in Sociology provides students with a general background in these substantive areas, empirical research skills (both quantitative and qualitative), and opportunities to engage in original research. The program also encourages and supports interdisciplinary work, partnering with other Social Sciences concentrations, the Humanities, and professional studies. Courses are offered in-class and through distance learning instruction.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a concentration in Sociology from UH West O‘ahu will be able to:

  • Write clearly and effectively in ASA style.
  • Speak clearly and effectively about sociological topics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of empirical research design and statistical analysis.
  • Apply sociological knowledge to the analysis of cultural and global issues and perspectives.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking by applying sociological theories to analyze social issues or problems.

Careers and Earning Potential

Sociology graduates are well prepared for careers in business, social service, journalism, politics, public relations, corrections, law, education, health care, counseling, public administration and other fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. In today’s multiethnic and multinational business environment, a sociology background provides graduates with the tools necessary for career success. The study of sociology also offers excellent preparation for graduate work in sociology for positions including professor, researcher or applied sociologist.

For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Career Explorer website.

Student Clubs

The UH West O‘ahu Sociology Club offers a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from other students who share a common interest in the study of sociology. The student club actively participates in fundraising and awareness projects that support local charities and non-profit organizations. Together with the Anthropology Club, the Sociology Club organizes an annual food drive for the Māʻili Land Transitional Housing Project and raises money, clothing and household donations that benefit the Leeward Domestic Violence Shelter and the Partners in Health organization for its Malaria Prevention Project in Malawi.