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