College of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Sociology

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Our view of the world is both local and global. We provide students with a broad foundation in theory and methods of sociological research, and then focus on the following four areas in which we can offer exceptional expertise and opportunities for research and training:

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society, social interaction, social organization and the consequences of these processes by combining scientific and humanistic perspectives. Sociologists examine a wide range of topics, including marriage and family patterns, race and ethnic relations, demography, social change, class structure, formal organizations including bureaucracies, value systems, conflict, deviant behavior, and the people and institutions of other societies.

Sociology uses a range of research techniques for studying social phenomena that can be applied to many areas. In addition to preparing people as professional sociologists in academic settings, sociology is an excellent background for careers in law, social work, public health, urban planning, public administration, and other fields. The graduate program provides students with a foundation in basic theory and methods of research. In addition, faculty and advanced graduate students are involved in several broad areas of sociological interest: the comparative sociology of Asia and the Pacific, population studies, the study of crime, law, deviance in Hawaiʻi, the U.S., Asia and the Pacific region, aging and medical sociology, and race and ethnic relations.

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