The Samoan Language and Culture Program was established in 1976. Currently there are four full time faculty members teaching 12 regularly offered courses and approximately 180 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 literacy skills and conversation; advanced courses in Respect Language, Oratory, History, Genealogical Studies, 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 (Manono Island).
Students experience a wide variety of classroom and experiential learning activities, including on-line curriculum, cultural, literary, and arts performances at the annual Islanders in the Arts celebration, and participation in the annual Samoan and Pacific Islander Traditional Food Preparation Day celebrated at the Samoan Cultural Garden on campus each April.
Service Learning Options
Service Learning options are available through participation in various academic programs such as Pacific Islands Studies and the Samoan Program’s community service projects, such as the Fetuao Community Language School.