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Samoan Program

UH Samoan Program students

UH Samoan Program students from beginning to advanced classes interact on campus

The Samoan Language and Culture Program was established in 1976.   Currently there are three full time and five part time faculty teaching 17 regularly offered courses and approximately 250 students enrolled in the Program each semester.

Courses

Cultural Activity

Advanced Samoan Program students perform during traditional ceremonies on campus

Academic courses include first and second year language classes which satisfy the University’s Hawaiian and Second Language Requirement; third year courses in literature and conversation; advanced courses in Respect Language, Oratory, History, and Genealogical Study; and courses in traditional and modern Samoan literature.

Special Courses

Study Abroad 1

Summer Study Abroad to Manono Island in Samoa

Specialized courses also include Samoan for Health Care Providers, Samoan for Educators, Samoan Grammar, and a Study Abroad Course in Samoa.

Learning

Students experience a wide variety of classroom and experiential learning activities, including on-line curriculum, cultural, literary, and arts performances, and participation in the annual Samoan and Pacific Islander Day celebrated at the Samoan Cultural Garden on campus each April.

Samoan Program students participate in the Samoan and Pacific Islander Cultural day at the Samoan Cultural Gardens

Samoan Program students participate in the Samoan and Pacific Islander Cultural day at the Samoan Cultural Gardens

Certification

Students may earn a Certificate in Samoan and may also create a major in Samoan through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.rsz_samoan_day

Service Learning Options

Service Learning options are available through participation in the Samoan Program’s community service projects, such as the Fetuao Community Language School.

Fetuao School visits the Polynesian Cultural Center

Fetuao School visits the Polynesian Cultural Center

Community Samoan language school for youth and adults

Community Samoan language school for youth and adults