Ethnic Studies in Hawaiʻi

Summer 2024 Program

Ethnic Studies in Hawaiʻi is a 5-week, 8-unit immersive academic experience in Honolulu during summer 2024. In this program, students will be challenged to re-think popular ideas about the Hawaiian Islands through a consideration of how the colonial circumstances in Hawaiʻi shape the experiences of Native Hawaiians and the diverse communities that live there today. The program includes service-learning opportunities through the University of Hawaiʻi, field trips to learn about Native Hawaiian history and representation, Hula and ‘Ori Tahiti dance workshops, and guest lectures by Hawaiʻi-based scholars. This program will be led by Dr. Ryan Buyco, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal Poly. The program fulfills GE Upper Division C & D requirements.

Program Dates: July 28 - August 31, 2024

Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

Two required four-unit courses

ES 322: Asian Americans in Popular Culture

ES 340: Cultural Production and Ethnicity--Pacific Islander Studies

Program Fee: $7,950 (includes course fees, residence hall & bus pass; does not include airfare and meals)


Estimated Airfare: $1,000


Estimated Meals: $2,000


Contact Ryan Buyco at rbuyco@calpoly.edu for more information.