Filipino (FIL) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) , Languages

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FIL 101 Elementary Filipino I (4) (lecture/lab) This course involves an introduction to the Filipino language as a tool for communication in simple social situations. Emphases are on developing the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. However, the course will focus on Speaking and Listening skills as foundation in the beginner's program. The course will pay close attention to the sounds of the Filipino language, including intonation and stress, as well as vocabulary and simple grammatical structures. The course will present different social situations, which involves the turntaking skills, courtesies, and initiating and ending a communication exchange.

FIL 102 Elementary Filipino II (4) This is a continuation of FIL 101. Emphases are on developing the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing. The course will focus on speaking and listening as foundational skills. The course will pay close attention to the sounds of the Filipino (Tagalog) language, including intonation and stress, as well as vocabulary and grammatical structures of the elementary level. The course will present different social situations, which involve turntaking skills, courtesies, and initiating and ending a communication exchange. Pre: FIL 101.

FIL 200 Inter Conversational Filipino (3) Students will be given an introduction to Tagalog, one of the most widely used and understood languages in the Philippines and overseas Filipino communities. Attention will be given to developing language skills in four areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. However, this course will focus on speaking and listening skills to establish a foundation at an intermediate level. Students will learn how to apply the skills learned in common social situations through various hands-on activities. Reading material and other sources will be utilized to supplement course learning. Pre or Coreq: FIL 102 or instructor's consent.

FIL 330 Filipino Films (3) This is a survey course on Philippine cinema presented in in Filipino with English subtitles. In this course students will be taught how to watch and listen to films; then identify and analyze various issues within Philippine socio-political contexts. Through lectures, discussions, and various classroom activities, students will develop critical thinking skills necessary for investigating ethical issues in Philippine films.

FIL 331 Lang, Cul, & Soc in the Phils (3) This course is an introduction to the language, culture, and society in the Philippines. Central to every human activity is language that is used in expressing, defining, relating, and interpreting human behavior, experience, and existence in society.

FIL 333 Filipinos in Hawaii (3) This upper-division and interdisciplinary course will provide an overview of the historical and contemporary experiences of Filipinos in Hawaii, focusing primarily on issues related to race, ethnicity, migration, gender, culture, power, representation, and globalization.

FIL 354 Filipino Culture (3) This course is an introduction to peoples and cultures of the Philippines. Topics include cultural origins, linguistic and cultural diversity, values, social structure and overseas Filipino adaptation. This course is cross-listed with ANTH 354. (Attributes: ALEX)

FIL 430 Cont Fil Soc & Cultr in Film (3) This upper division course deals with the contemporary Filipino society and culture in film. Students are introduced to the concepts, structures, and dynamics of culture, society, migration, and diaspora of the Filipinos in the modern period from the year 2000 CE.

FIL 431 Phils and the Malay World (3) This course focuses on the Philippines as part of the greater Malay World. This course introduces the students to the sociopolitical, economic, historical, linguistic, and cultural aspects related to the Filipinos as integral part of the Nusantara or the Maritime Southeast Asia. (Attributes: DH, HPP)

FIL 432 Spanish Heritage in the Phils (3) This course deals with the study of Spanish heritage in the Philippines. It aims to provide the students an introduction to Hispanism and the influence of Spain in the Philippines. It focuses on the Spanish colonial history, language, culture, literature, education, religion, and other institutions of the Philippines.


FIL x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) (IO) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

FIL x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) (IO) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.