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Master of Arts in Micronesian Studies

Master of Arts in Micronesian Studies

 



 

 

OBJECTIVES

The Master of Arts degree in Micronesian Studies provides students with an understanding of the Micronesian region-past and present-and prepares them in research methods that will stimulate new research and analysis of the region.

The Master of Arts degree in Micronesian Studies is an interdisciplinary program which involves cooperative effort on the part of the faculty of the Division of Humanistic Studies and the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; faculty of the Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center, Learning Resources, and the Micronesian Language Institute of the Sponsored Programs and Research; and faculty of the School of Education.  It is administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs) 

Every graduate course in the Micronesian Studies Program has learning goals and objectives toward which individual courses and the program in general strives to enable students to achieve. MSP Program Learning Outcomes are as follows:

  1. Mastery of understanding of and the ability of students to identify, discuss, analyze, and write about a wide range of topics dealing with the history, culture, people, identity, economic activity, geography, politics, art, religion, social organization, and gender roles of Micronesia and the interdisciplinary interpretation of them.
  2. Mastery of the understanding of and the ability of students to identify, discuss, analyze, and write about  the   diverse   historical  encounters  of   missionization,  colonialism,  militarism, economic development,  and  disputes  over  political  and  cultural  sovereignty  and  identity  that  have  faced Micronesia.
  3. Mastery of understanding of and the ability of students to identify, discuss, analyze, and write about the major theories, issues, and research in the study of social issues and social problems of Micronesia.
  4. Mastery of the understanding of the role of theory in Micronesian Studies, such that the student will be able to define theory and describe its role in generating knowledge, and be able to compare and contrast basic theoretical perspectives, and to synthesize and/or design a set of theoretical problems.
  5. Mastery of the understanding of and the ability of students to utilize the role of empirical evidence and the application of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in collecting data, the ability to formulate and design research methodologies, conduct independent research, collect and analyze data, interpret evidence and arguments, and analyze, synthesize, and present data in a scholarly manner.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Degree students must meet the minimum admission requirements expected of all students, as outlined in the Academic Regulations.

Degree students must also have a basic knowledge of Micronesia gained either by undergraduate coursework or through relevant experience.

Degree students must submit a personal statement in English of up to 1000 words addressing the following:

  • An autobiographical sketch outlining the applicant’s personal, professional, and academic experiences that have prepared her/him to pursue training in Micronesian Studies.
  • A discussion of why the applicant is applying specifically to UOG’s Master of Arts in Micronesian Studies, highlighting aspects of the program which most attract her/him.
  • A description of the research interest the applicant would like to explore and the academic and/or professional experiences that have most prepared her/him to study that topic.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 

  1. The M.A. in Micronesian Studies Program is divided into six parts:
  2. Pro-seminar courses (MI501, MI502, MI503): 9 credits
  3. Elective courses: 15 credits
  4. One course in research methodology appropriate to the student's area of research: 3 credits
  5. Comprehensive written and oral examinations
  6. Micronesian or appropriate language proficiency examination
  7. Thesis: 6 credits

 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The language requirement for the M.A. in Micronesian studies is a demonstrated competency in speaking at least one Micronesian language. There are two possible modifications of this rule.

First, students who are native speakers of a Micronesian language, but whose language competency and research interest do not coincide, may be required to demonstrate appropriate competency in the language of the locale of their research interest. 

Second, students who intend to conduct research on an exogenous aspect of the colonial experience may substitute a demonstrated research skill in Spanish, German, or Japanese as appropriate. 

The student in consultation with the student’s advisor and the Program Chair will make decisions concerning the choice of an appropriate language.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS - (33 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

Required Pro-seminar Courses: (9 credit hours)

Course

Course Title

Credits

MI501

Peoples and Cultures of Micronesia

3

MI502

History of Micronesia

3

MI503

Contemporary Issues and Problems

3

 

Required Research Methodology Course: (3 credit hours)

(One course appropriate to student's area of research)

Course

Course Title

Credits

BI412G

Biometrics

4

PY413G

Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences

3

MI513

Research Methodology in Social Sciences

3

 

Electives:(15 credit hours)

(At least 15 hours selected with the approval of advisor)

Course

Course Title

Credits

AN/SO405G

Community Development

3**

PY413G

Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences

3*

PY455G

Psychology of Women

3*

PY502

Micronesia and Mental Health

3

BA710

Advanced Topics in International Business

3

HI444G

Modern Pacific History from 1850 to Present

3*

HI450G

Topics in Pacific History

3*

MI/EV506

Physical Geography of Micronesia

3

MI/PI508

Micronesian Philosophy

3

MI510

Governance of Island Polities

3

MI512

Guam/Chamorro Studies

3

MI514

Health and Human Adaptation in Micronesia

3

MI/EV517

Cultural Ecology

3

MI518

Religion, Magic, and Myth in Micronesia

3

MI520

Economic Development and Change in Micronesia

3

MI599a,b,c,d

Readings in Micronesian Studies

3***

MI691a,b,c,d

Seminar in Micronesian Studies

3***

*     =   A student shall not take more than 9 credit hours of “G” courses.

**   =    Either AN405G or SO405G may be taken, but not both.

*** =    These courses may be taken more than once for credit provided that the topics are substantially different.

 

Thesis: (6 credit hours) 

Course

Course Title

Credits

MI695

Thesis

6

 

TOTAL:  33 CREDIT HOURS 

 

Program Chair

University of Guam

Chair, Micronesian Studies Program; Associate Professor, Sociology/Micronesian Studies Program

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Floor (Division Office)
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Members

University of Guam

Associate Professor, Sociology/Micronesian Studies Program

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 3rd Flr., Rm. 318C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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David Atienza

Associate Professor, Anthropology/Micronesian Studies

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 120C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

Expertise

Anthropology
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About

David Atienza received a PhD in Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2006. He has taught history, philosophy, anthropology and applied linguistics at different institutions and universities in Spain. Dr. Atienza's research interests are focused on Cultural Identity Processes, Speech Analysis, Linguistic Anthropology, and Ethnohistory.   He has published the book, Viaje e Identidad: La Genesis de la Elite Quichwa-Otavalena en Madrid, a multilocal ethnography product of fieldwork conducted in Otavalo, Ecuador and Spain or La Violencia del Amor, an edited volume focused on different perspectives on human violence.  Dr. Atienza has recently published the articles “Death Rituals and Identity in Contemporary Guam” and “Embodied silent narratives of masculinities Some perspectives from Guam Chamorros” and he is working in ethnohistorical interpretation of the Mariana history with articles like “A Mariana Islands History Story” or “Priests, Mayors and Indigenous Offices: Indigenous Agency and Adaptive Resistance In the Mariana Islands (1681 -1758)”, among others.

 

University of Guam

Instructor, English

Office Location: EC Bldg., 1st Flr., Rm. 117D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Assistant Professor, History

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 120F 
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Division of Humanities

Office Location: Tan Lam Pek Kim English & Communication Building., Rm. 118E
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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About

  • Ph.D. Anthropology
  • M.A. Social and Political Thought
  • BA (Hons.) Social Science (Sociology)



Dr. Douglas Farrer is Head of Anthropology at the University of Guam. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Guam. Dr. Farrer's research interests include martial arts, the anthropology of performance, visual anthropology, the anthropology of the ocean, psychoanalysis, digital anthropology, and the sociology of religion. He authored Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism, and co-edited Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a Transnational World. Recently Dr. Farrer compiled "War Magic and Warrior Religion: Cross-Cultural Investigations” for Social Analysis. Currently he is researching Brazilian jiu-jitsu and learning scuba diving.

University of Guam

Professor

Office Location: 1st Floor, Rm. 122 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Tan Siu Lin Building
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Professor, History

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 121B
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Assistant Vice President, Graduate Studies, Research, and Sponsored Programs (GSRSP)/Director, Center for Island Sustainability (CIS)

Center for Island Sustainability
Graduate Studies, Sponsored Programs & Research
Office Location: GSRSP Office, 1st Floor, Health Science Bldg.
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Professor, Anthropology/Public Health/Micronesian Studies

MARC
Office Location: RFT MARC Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 208
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 3rd Flr., CLASS Dean’s Office
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

Expertise

Philosophy
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About

James D. Sellmann was born and raised in the city of Niagara Fall, New York. He was awarded B.A. degrees in Psychology, and Philosophy from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and M.A. degrees in Asian Religions, and Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaii. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Chinese Philosophy from the University of Hawaii. He has published over 60 articles in various peer reviewed books, and journals such as Asian Philosophy, and Philosophy East and West. His book Timing and Rulership in Master Lü's Spring and Autumn Annals, State University of New York Press was published in 2002. He is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Professor of Philosophy and Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam. He enjoys cooking, and hiking.

University of Guam

Associate Professor, Political Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 216
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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About

Michael Jon Stoil, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science and Military Science at the University of Guam. He received his PhD in political science from the George Washington University in 1979, while working for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Organizational Affairs. Between 1979 and 2007, he served as a research consultant to Federal agencies in such fields as counterterrorism, emergency management, substance abuse control, and defense-related topics. His primary specialty was innovative research methodology, including advanced survey, focus group, and interview/interrogation techniques, and meta-analysis of multiple independent statistical studies. From 1991 until 2007, he also served as Washington Editor for Medquest publications, writing monthly columns on policy affecting mental health, substance abuse, and geriatric care.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., 1979, George Washington University

Dr. Iain Twaddle

Professor, Psychology/Micronesian Studies Program 

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 219E
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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OBJECTIVES

The proposed Graduate Certificate in Micronesian Studies gives academic recognition to students who have successfully completed the three required courses in the Micronesian Studies MA Degree Program plus two additional courses selected by the student, and have passed the comprehensive exam in Micronesian Studies.  The Graduate Certificate in Micronesian Studies is designed as a 15-credit, one-year program, and may be taken concurrently with other graduate programs at the University of Guam.  The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Micronesian Studies is to offer a concentrated program of Micronesian Studies courses within a limited time period, appropriate to academics and professionals who desire a graduate-level comprehensive overview of the cultures, histories, and contemporary issues of the Micronesian area.

 

REQUIREMENTS: 

Required: (9 credit hours)

Course

Course Title

Credits

MI501

Peoples and Cultures of Micronesia

3

MI502

History of Micronesia

3

MI503

Contemporary Problems and Issues in Micronesia

3

 

Electives: (6 credit hours)

Course

Course Title

Credits

AN/SO405

Community Development

3

BA710

Advanced Topics in International Business

3

BI412/G

Biometrics

3

HI444/G

Modern Pacific History from 1850 to Present

3

MI/EV506

Physical Geography of Micronesia

3

MI/PI508

Micronesian Philosophy

3

MI510

Governance of Island Polities

3

MI512

Guam/Chamorro Studies

3

MI513

Research Methods in Micronesian Studies

3

MI514

Health and Human Adaptation in Micronesia

3

MI518

Religion, Magic, and Myth in Micronesia

3

MI520

Economic Development and Change in Micronesia

3

MI599a,b,c,d

Readings in Micronesian Studies

3***

MI699

Seminar in Micronesian Studies

3

PY413G

Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences

3

PY455G

Psychology of Women

3

PY475G

Micronesia and Mental Health

3

 

*** = These courses may be taken more than once for credit provided that the topics are substantially different.

 

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