Pacific Islands & Oceania

Critical Pacific Islander and Oceania Studies

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About the Certificate

Orientation Slides:

The Critical Pacific Islands Studies Certificate of Accomplishment introduces students to 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. All 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).

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate behavioral, social, and indigenous theories and methodologies used in the study of Pacific Islander communities in relation to their cultural, economic, educational, health, immigration, political, and social conditions.
  • Compare and contrast the expression of the ocean aesthetic across Pacific Islander cultural practices including architecture, arts, dance, film, language, literature, music, poetry, sports, and theater.
  • Apply critical and creative analytical skills using problem-solving and decision-making techniques for improving study strategies and health and wellness information essential to mental, physical, and lifelong well-being.
  • Describe the intersectionality and interrelatedness of distinct forms of social oppression in the United States, including anti-semitism and anti-arabism, adultism, ageism, ableism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia, racism, sexism, and transphobia.
  • Analyze and assess the scientific effects of ocean currents, waves, tides, rising sea levels, and the general circulation of the atmosphere and its impacts to and from human society, marine life, and geographical landscapes.
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We Are Ocean!

PI Studies Newsletter

Building community is a key value of the Critical Pacific Islander and Oceania Studies certificate program.  One way we do that is through our newsletter, which helps keep current students, graduates of the program, and others in the loop.

Below you will find our Fall 2015 newsletter, titled Warrior Speaks.  Check it out and let us know what you think!  If you'd like to be added to the distribution list for the next edition of the newsletter, please send an email to David Palaita (contact info in the right-hand column).