Filipino Studies Certificate

Program Coordinator: Rodney Jubilado, Ph.D.

Humanities Division Office:
Office: Kanakaʻole Hall, Room 214
Tel: (808) 932–7216

The Filipino Studies Certificate provides a better understanding of the Filipino American community while allowing Filipino American students the opportunity to explore their heritage and non-Filipino American students an opportunity to learn about the Philippines. The multidisciplinary program comprising of a liberal arts foundation and cultural and natural resources-based studies will be offered in three tracks:

  1. Cultural-based
  2. Natural resource-based
  3. Cultural and natural resource-based combination

These tracks will provide platforms for undergraduate research opportunities, community outreach activities and an optional international student exchange between UH Hilo and participating Philippine universities. The certificate prepares students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the close political, economic and cultural ties between the Philippines and the US. This knowledge is essential for those seeking advanced degrees and careers including agriculture, environmental studies, medical fields, services, tourism, politics and global trade and business.


The mission of the Filipino Studies Certificate is to provide learning opportunities for students interested in understanding the multifaceted nature of the Philippines and Filipinos, including language, culture, history, literature, politics, economics and natural resources.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a credential from this Department, students will be able to:

  1. Use the appropriate vocabulary and grammar (sentence patterns) for various contexts (i.e. informal conversation, business environments, academia, professional settings)
  2. Identify and respond appropriately to cultural and/or social contexts of language use
  3. Articulate the importance of another culture (Cultural Competency)—this may include the history and/or historical development of a foreign language; how that language may have changed over time; what important events have impacted the language, literature, and culture of a place; and, how the language is continuing to evolve vis-à-vis pop culture and current events.