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Micronesian Studies

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.

 

MEMBERS

AMES, Angeline L.C., Assistant Professor of Sociology & Micronesian Studies
AMES, Todd T., Associate Professor of Sociology & Micronesian Studies
ATIENZA, David, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
CLEMENT, Michael, Professor, Micronesian Studies
FARRER, Douglas, Associate Professor, Anthropology
GOETZFRIDT, Nicholas J., Professor, Library Science and Micronesian Studies
HATTORI, Anne Perez, Professor, History and Micronesian Studies
MOSS, John, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Micronesian Studies
PETERSON, John A., Assistant Vice President, Graduate Studies, Research and Sponsored Programs; Associate Professor, Anthropology
RUBINSTEIN, Donald H., Professor, Anthropology/Public Health and Micronesian Studies
SELLMANN, James D., Professor, Philosophy and Micronesian Studies
STOIL, Michael J., Assistant Professor of Political Science
TWADDLE, Iain K.B., Professor, Psychology and Micronesian Studies

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:

  1. An autobiographical sketch outlining the applicant’s personal, professional, and academic experiences that have prepared her/him to pursue training in Micronesian Studies.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

The M.A. in Micronesian Studies Program is divided into six parts:

  1. Pro-seminar courses (MI501, MI502, MI503): 9 credits
  2. Elective courses: 15 credits.
  3. One course in research methodology appropriate to the student's area of research: 3 credits.
  4. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.
  5. Micronesian or appropriate language proficiency examination.
  6. 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
Title
Credit Hours
MI501Peoples and Cultures of Micronesia3
MI502History of Micronesia3
MI503Contemporary Issues and Problems3

 

Required Research Methodology Course: (3 credit hours)

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

Course
Title
Credit Hours
BI412GBiometrics4
PY413GResearch Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences3
MI513Research Methodology in Social Sciences3

 

Electives: (15 credit hours)

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

Course
Title
Credit Hours
AN/SO405GCommunity Development3**
PY413GResearch Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences3*
PY455GPsychology of Women3*
PY502Micronesia and Mental Health3
BA710Advanced Topics in International Business3
HI444GModern Pacific History from 1850 to Present3*
HI450GTopics in Pacific History3*
MI/EV506Physical Geography of Micronesia3
MI/PI508Micronesian Philosophy3
MI510Governance of Island Polities3
MI512Guam/Chamorro Studies3
MI514Health and Human Adaptation in Micronesia3
MI/EV517Cultural Ecology3
MI518Religion, Magic, and Myth in Micronesia3
MI520Economic Development and Change in Micronesia3
MI599a,b,c,dReadings in Micronesian Studies3***
MI691a,b,c,dSeminar in Micronesian Studies3***

* = 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
Title
Credit Hours
MI695Thesis6

 

TOTAL 33 CREDIT HOURS

 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MICRONESIAN STUDIES

 

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
Title
Credit Hours
MI501Peoples and Cultures of Micronesia3
MI502History of Micronesia

3

MI503Contemporary Problems and Issues in Micronesia3

 

Electives: (6 credit hours)
Course
Title
Credit Hours
AN/SO405Community Development
BA710Advanced Topics in International Business3 
BI412/G
Biometrics3
HI444/G
Modern Pacific History from 1850 to Present3
MI/EV506
Physical Geography of Micronesia3
MI/PI508 
Micronesian Philosophy3
MI510
Governance of Island Polities3
MI512
Guam/Chamorro Studies3
MI513
Research Methods in Micronesian Studies3
MI514
Health and Human Adaptation in Micronesia3
MI518
Religion, Magic, and Myth in Micronesia3
MI520
Economic Development and Change in Micronesia3
MI599a,b,c,d
Readings in Micronesian Studies3***
MI699
Seminar in Micronesian Studies3
PY413G
Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences3
PY455G
Psychology of Women3
PY475GMicronesia and Mental Health3

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

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Micronesian Studies?

  1. Adult Educators
  2. Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Managers
  3. Foreign Service Officers
  4. Interpreters
  5. News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
  6. Public Interest Advocates
  7. Translators