Chaminade’s Behavioral Sciences Program incorporates multidisciplinary majors that utilize the perspectives of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology to analyze human group behavior. We live in an evolving, complex, multicultural world so even if you are committed to another major you should still consider Behavioral Sciences for a minor, especially if you may be working in the Pacific-Asian region. Students can participate in service learning projects, providing opportunities to learn about different cultures and groups, as well as gain lifelong wisdom, work experience and interpersonal proficiency.
Major tracks in the Program
Sociology – Our Sociology track is designed for individuals interested in understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. Sociology at Chaminade addresses and analyzes the most precedent issues of our time and is a degree that is cross applicable amongst an array of fields.
Cultural Diversity –The skills and theories that are centrifugal to this track will prepare you for work in an increasingly complex and multi-cultural world. Chaminade, being one of the most diverse Universities in the U.S., provides the ideal environment for interaction, understanding and application of the education administered through the Cultural Diversity track.
Characteristics of the Chaminade Program
Chaminade provides a living model of cross-cultural interaction in which students live and study in collaborative learning environments with peers stemming from an abundance of distinctive backgrounds.
Our faculty works closely with students, in a student-to-faculty ratio that is conducive to personalized attention. This unique atmosphere allows professors to interact with each student, engage them as individuals, and mentor students with their academic progress and career paths.
Students are presented with opportunities to participate in service learning projects; through direct-immersion education, students learn about the world’s cultures and social structures while simultaneously gaining life skills, applicable work experience and interpersonal intelligence. The Shine Program is one such service-learning program, in which faculty and students tutor elder immigrants in order to learn the English and civic skills necessary for becoming citizens.
Our faculty members are involved in numerous research projects in Hawaii and around the world. One such project is the Shaanxi Province Historic Preservation Project in China. For research opportunities, please consult with your faculty advisor.