Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies

Photoraph of Pacific Islander Club members, staff & faculty

*SFSU and CCSF students, administrators, and faculty celebrate the passing of the CPIOS Minor | March 18, 2019



Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies at SFSU was built on the legacy of the TWLF and College of Ethnic Studies as students, faculty and community advocated for academic spaces that honored Pacific peoples, culture, history and knowledge.


The program ensures that academic and communal spaces reflect the work and needs of Oceanic communities in the bay area and globally. Our educational mission is to honor Oceanic peoples, experiences, and stories throughout the diaspora - and to privilege narratives that are often forgotten and placed in the margins. Significant parts of our interdisciplinary studies program are focused on historical and contemporary topics in relation to California, US-Pacific politics, and Pacific peoples and cultures. Courses utilize indigenous epistemologies to center the resiliency and power of our Ocean through the analysis of imperialism, colonialism, militarism, and globalization. Drawing from the work of Pacific Scholars including Teresia Teaiwa, Epeli Hau’ofa and many others, the past and present work of Pacific peoples is used as a compass to guide the work and local field forward.


The program aims to prepare students of all backgrounds to work in, support, service, and collaborate with Oceanic communities. Most importantly, it intends to further highlight the connections of Oceanic stories to Indigenous peoples and diasporic communities everywhere while also sharing the unique and diverse experiences of Oceania.

Link to Minor Program

LInk to Bulletin entry for Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies

To declare the minor:

Download and print the minor declaration form.

Write in Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies minor. Beginning in Fall 2019, the new minor declaration form will list Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies as an option in the pull-down menu.

Bring your form for approval and signature to one of the following. We will file the form with the Registrar's Office for you.

  • Student Engagement Center,
  • Race and Resistance Studies department chair,
  • Associate Dean at the College of Ethnic Studies