Already know what you're looking for?
Home  »  Study  »  Samoan Studies

Samoan Studies » Overview

New Zealand has a vast Samoan community; therefore, learning about Samoan culture is vital to understanding contemporary life in Aotearoa.
Samoan Studies

The majority of Pacific peoples living in New Zealand are Samoan. As a result, Samoan is the third most spoken language in New Zealand. Samoan Studies includes courses on the Samoan language, but this makes up only one small part of the subject. Samoan Studies encompasses many different areas including Samoan economics, politics, culture, music, dance, history, art, and literature.

New Zealand was the first country in the world to offer a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Samoan Studies. Samoan Studies compliments many other Bachelor of Arts subjects such as anthropology, sociology, history and politics.

A degree in Samoan Studies is valuable for all New Zealanders, as New Zealand continuously grows to be more multicultural. Many businesses now place a heavy importance on cultural competency and favour bilingual graduates, or those that show a degree of cross-cultural awareness.