About Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies

A critical analysis of Pacific peoples and cultures in the U.S. diaspora and beyond

Privileging the voices of native Pacific Islanders, the interdisciplinary curriculum explores a plethora of historical and contemporary topics, including colonization, militarization, social movements, and immigration, through the use of academic and community-based scholarship.

Explore Potential Careers

While the certificate program is ideal for those whose work involves native Pacific Islanders and other communities of color such as service providers, health practitioners, law enforcement, researchers, teachers, and other professionals, the primary goal is to encourage students to further their educational aspirations through the completion of an associate's degree and successfully transferring to a four-year university.

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
IDST 50 or LERN 50 College Success 3  
HLTH 33 Introduction to Health and Wellness  
CCSF Area G2 Physical Skills 1-2  
IDST 45 Pacific Islanders in the U.S. 3  

Total Units: 14-16 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
IDST 46 Fa'a Pasefika: Interdisciplinary Cultural Expressions of Oceania 3  
Major Requirement Elective (Social Justice) See Counselor 3  
CCSF Math Requirement See Counselor 5-8  
Major Requirement Elective (Science) See Counselor 4-5  

Total Units: 15+ 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
IDST 80A-G, 81B See Counselor 2  
CCSF Area F United States History and Government 3  
CCSF Area D Social And Behavioral Sciences 3  
Major Requirement Elective See Counselor 3  
HLTH 33 Introduction to Health and Wellness 2  
Degree Applicable Electives See Counselor 3  

Total Units: 16

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
Degree Applicable Electives See Counselor 3  
Degree Applicable Electives See Counselor 3  
Degree Applicable Electives See Counselor 3  
Degree Applicable Electives See Counselor 3  
Degree Applicable Electives See Counselor 3  

Total Units: 15

View Requirements in College Catalog

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Transfer Options

All of the program's required courses are University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU)-transferable and meet City College of San Francisco General Education (GE) area requirements A (Communication & Analytical Thinking), C (Natural Sciences), D (Behavioral and Social Sciences) E (Humanities), H1 (Ethnic Studies).

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.