The Department of English and Foreign Languages (offering English Language, English Literature, Chinese Language, French Language and Japanese Language Courses)
The Department of Media and Communication (offering Communication Skills and Journalism courses)
The Department of Social Sciences (offering Anthropology, Geography, History, Politics and Sociology courses).
Talofa and welcome to the Faculty of Arts. The faculty consists of three departments: English and Foreign Languages; Media and Communication and Social Sciences. The faculty mission is to provide quality academic education and vocational training to all students that will be recognized nationally and internationally and to meet the human resource needs of Samoa.
The faculty is committed to the provision of quality tertiary education in the three disciplines; English and Foreign Languages, Media& Communication and Social Sciences in the undergraduate level through quality teaching. The faculty also contributes to Research through active engagement in research, seminars and publications locally and internationally. It also contributes to the community through active involvement of faculty staff as resource personnel in workshop trainings, seminars and national examinations.
The English and Foreign Languages Department has 9 staff members; the professor of English, a Chinese Language Specialist as well as a Japanese Language specialist, tutors and lecturers;
Media and Communication Department has 6 staff members and houses the Media and Journalism programmes as well as servicing all trades courses with English for communication in the workplace.
The Social Sciences Department houses the History, Political Science, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology courses and has a staff of 8. Four staff members are on professional development leave, three studying towards doctorates overseas and one locally and two studying towards master's degrees overseas. The faculty of Arts was the first faculty to be established by the National University of Samoa and had its first graduation of in 1990.
The faculty welcomes those interested in studying towards a Diploma in Journalism and Media and those who are willing to study towards a first degree in any of the disciplines. Moreover the faculty invites potential students interested in learning Japanese or Chinese languages to come and experience the thrill of learning three or more languages.
With the world becoming smaller with technology, a foreign language may help you find a job or even secure you a scholarship to these countries.
Lafaitele Fualuga Taupi
Dean, Faculty of Arts
- Department of English and Foreign Languages
Torise Sa'u Neemia
Head of Department
The English & Foreign Languages Department is one of three Departments in the Faculty of Arts, having been established in 1984 when the National University of Samoa was set up by Act of Parliament
The English Department is able to provide 3 Majors and 3 Minors which are Literature, Linguistics and a Combination of Literature and Linguistics.
There are 3 English Bridging courses for students whose English is not up to standard, and 2 courses for the Foundation Certificate of Arts . Degree courses are as follows: 7 x 100 courses, 7 x 200 courses and 7 x 300 courses and One Post Graduate course for the Masters of Arts.
Admission for the Foundation Certificate courses is English grade 1-4 in the Samoa Secondary Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and 4-15 Aggregate, or equivalent, or mature entry.
Foundation English is the compulsory core course for all Faculties which all students must pass in order to progress to higher level courses.
Head of Department and Lecturer
Torise Sa'u Neemia, Dip Tch(Sec) BA, MA- University of Auckland, MTh- PTC, Suva
Amituana'i Tuiloma Vernetta Heem, BA MA
Professor of English
Silafau Sina Vaai, BA NA(Hons) DipEdStud Well.,PhD Canberra
Senior Lecturer and Dean of Faculty of Arts
Lafaitele Fualuga Taupi, BA NUS, MA Deakin, Cert Tchg Sam
Judy-Anne Alexander Pouono, MA Canterbury BA W.Ont., PGDipEd WI, MTchln Cant.
Diana Margaret Betham-Scanlan, BA NUS, Dip Tchg, PGDipArts Auck, MEDL AUT
Rooney Mariner, BA S.Pac
- Department of Social Sciences
The Social Sciences Department houses the History, Political Science, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology courses. We are committed to achieving the University's mission in providing excellence in teaching, research and professional training of the people of Samoa. This commitment is reflected in the continuous professional development of department lecturers to ensure the highest level of skill and competence is achieved to fulfill the Vision of the University for an internationally recognized institution of innovative learning.
For student wishing to pursue foundation certificate in Arts must have an aggregate total in English and best 3 subjects in previous year's SSLC examinations of 15 or less and :a score of 4 or less in SSLC Geography, 4 or less in SSLC History, 4 or less in Development Studies. The Foundation Certificate in Arts is required for entry into the Diploma & Bachelor of Arts Programme with majors and minors in Social Sciences disciplines.
Head of Department ( Vacant)
Helen Tanielu-Stowers, BA MA Auck, PhD Candidate
Anita Latai-Niusulu, BA Bed C.Qld, PGDipArts MA Otago, PhD Candidate
Saui'a Louise Mataia-Milo, BSocSci DipEd Waik., PGDipArts MA Otago, PhD Candiate
Lucia Senio Chung Kwan, BA Dip Tchg Waik.
Fa'aafu Matafeo-Yoshida, BA Queensland, CAT S. Pac
Rosa Filoi, BA Well
Orana Senara, BA S. Pac
Peleuila Itula, BA Auck, LLB Waik.,
Tracey Mikaele, MA NWS, BA Otago, DipJustice TAFE
- Department of Media and Communication
Misa Vicky Lepou
Head of Department and Lecturer
The Media and Communication Department is the provider of Media and Journalism education designed to prepare students to enter the media industry. It also provides courses in Language and Communication Skills for Trade programs, which are designed to prepare and develop students' qualities required as they enter their specialized field of work. The department aims to continue a supportive and accommodating concerned relationship with its students; provide for the educational needs of the various faculties and review its programs and activities to meet the changing needs of student
This program is intended for full-time learners. Applicants can enrol on a part-time basis and take one or two courses approved by the Dean of Faculty or Head of Department. This is also offered for practitioners currently active in the media industry
- be a graduate of any NUS Foundation Program
- be a mature aged student with at least 3 years relevant and current work experience; pass the interview and diagnostic test.
- any other equivalent programme approved by the Head of Department
Head of Department and Lecturer
Misa Vicky Lepou, BA S.Pac
Honiara Salanoa, BEd.S.Pac, CAT SP, PGDipSLTchg, MA(Hons) Waikato, PHD Candidate (PDL
Temukisa Suisala, BA NUS, Cert IV TAE APTC
Pua Vaituutuu Toimoana, BA NUS Fuatia Kuki Malifa, CertTchg USP, DipEd STC, Bed Massey
Faaolo Utumapu-Utailesolo, BA AUT Auckland, MA ANU
Joshua Lafoa’i, Diploma in Media NUS