Filipino Studies Certificate

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Languages Department Chair: Faith N. Mishina , 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the general nature of human language, first language and second language and verbal and nonverbal – its structure and use
  • Manifest the skills, understandings, and dispositions necessary to be a language specialist within the context of their professional work and social practice
  • Deepen their knowledge of the language and the culture through study of language, language pedagogy, literature and culture
  • Demonstrate an understanding of local language and language arts education issues of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific in their professional work
  • Improve the quality of learning and teaching of second, foreign, and heritage languages and area studies, in the state of Hawaiʻi, domestically, and abroad
  • Interpret the history of teaching foreign language and culture and its contemporary issues and critically evaluate and make use of research into the learning, use, structure, and its pedagogy

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

Among the learning goals for majors are the development of:

  1. Appropriate language ability:
    • Filipino language ability and expertise for non-native speakers of Filipino
    • English language ability and expertise for native speakers of Filipino
  2. An appreciation of how the Filipino cultural background may influence communications, styles of interaction, and family structure.
  3. An ability to integrate information from the different approaches to the study of the Philippines and shape it into an overall understanding of Filipino language, culture, and behavior.