University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu



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.

A Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Sociology degree 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 science concentrations, the humanities and professional studies. Courses are offered in-class and through distance learning instruction.


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.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job demand for sociologists will grow by 10% between 2006 and 2016. The average income for Sociology majors was $67,330 in 2006, while Sociology graduates entering scientific research and development service fields earned an average of $73,550 a year.


SOC 329 Organizations, Individuals, and Society
This course provides an analysis of rationally designed systems of interpersonal behavior. The characteristics, attributes, and problems of bureaucracies such as government, business, and non-profit agencies are considered, as are alternatives to bureaucracies.

SOC 362 Gender, Culture, and Society
An exploration of gender in individual, social, and cultural contexts. Examines the interrelationship of biological and environmental factors, socialization processes, institutional contexts, and prospects for change and gender equity.

SOC 401 Urban Sociology
This course examines the growth of cities and urban settings on social behavior, relationships, and institutions. Topics include the impact of international migration, issues of urban planning, transportation, communications, housing, families, education, employment, community relations, and services.

SOC 434 Criminology
This course will explore the major theories of crime causation, the measurement of crime and its impact, various crime typologies, and the overall societal reaction to crime and criminal offenders. A major focus of this course is the exploration of possible social programs and policies that might be initiated to achieve a combination of crime reduction and social justice.

SOC 456 Peoples of Hawai‘i
An interdisciplinary course utilizing a variety of theoretical perspectives for examining the creation of Hawai‘i’s multiethnic culture and society. Topics include the foundation provided by the indigenous culture, changes wrought by cultural contacts, demographic changes, and social movements.


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 Maililand 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.


Dr. Mike Delucchi, Professor
(808) 689-2379