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Pacific-Asian Studies ( Chamorro )

Pacific-Asian Studies ( Chamorro )

The Pacific - Asian Studies Program offers three tracks in Chamorro Studies, East Asian Studies and Japanese Studies.  Each track is built on traditional UOG strengths, and covering overlapping linguistic, economic, historical, cultural, and philosophical areas, which can be investigated in varying emphases depending upon the individual student’s interests and goals. Profiting from Guam’s close geographical proximity and strong socio-economic interconnections to the objects of its study, this cultural studies program enables robust studies of the languages, civilizations, and societies of Japan, China, Korea, and neighboring areas. While aiming to recognize and clarify the unique characteristics of each Pacific-Asian society, the program rests on the traditional conviction of liberal, humanistic education, that each of these regions constitutes part of the common human heritage.

The Chamorro Studies track develops students' affective capacity for an appreciation of cultural diversity, human and indigenous rights, and social and communal responsibility. Creative capabilities in the areas of oral and written literary expression will also be developed.  Chamorro Studies covers an interdisciplinary range of subjects, examining knowledge pertaining to Chamorro identity and subjectivity. It draws on courses in Chamorro Language, Anthropology, Biology, Literature, Geography, History, Political Science, and Psychology. Chamorro Studies is not offered elsewhere, although BA programs in Pacific Islands Studies are offered at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Pacific University, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and Australian National University.

The Pacific-Asian Studies Program has the following program student learning objectives: 
  1. To develop confidence in at least one Pacific-Asian language. This includes traditional skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and also familiarity with the technological mediums of internet navigation, word processing, and email.
  2. To demonstrate general knowledge of the historical, cultural, political, religious, and / or political dimensions of the region, whether past or present. This includes the unique discourse methods and communication styles present in the region.
  3. To develop skills for effective intercultural communication with the peoples of the region.
  4. To cultivate sound analytic and reasoning skills, as applied to and derived from studies of the region.


(TOTAL: 37 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (25 credit hours): CM201, CM202, CM301, CM302, HI211, CM340, CM412.

Electives (12 credit hours, at least 9 hours upper division): AN320, AN325, AN/HI413, AN421, BI100, BI103, BI201, EN333, EN461, GE401, HI243, HI444, HI450, PS225, PS412, PY475, or upper division CM courses.



(TOTAL: 28 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (22 credit hours): CM101, CM102, CM201, CM202, HI211, CM340.

Electives (6 credit hours): AN320, AN325, AN/HI413, AN421, BI100, BI103, BI201, EN333, EN461, GE401, HI243, HI444, HI450, PS225, PS412, P 475, or upper division CM courses.


What careers are available to someone with a degree in Pacific-Asian Studies (Chamorro)?

  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