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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
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
Title
Credit Hours
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
Title
Credit Hours
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
Title
Credit Hours
MI695 Thesis 6

 

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
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
Title
Credit Hours
AN/SO405 Community Development
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.

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