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 that the highest level of skill and competence is achieved to fulfill the Vision of the University for an internationally recognized institution of innovative learning.


Foundation Certificate of Arts
Diploma of Arts
Bachelor of Arts


Foundation Certificate in Arts: For students wishing to pursue foundation certificate in Arts, they must have:

  • At least 200 aggregate total in English and best 3 subjects in previous year's SSLC examinations. English has to be at least 60%, and at least 50% in the subjects of Geography, History, Samoan or Development Studies.
  • A student who has an aggregate of 200 but 50-50% in English will enrol in and pass HEN003 in semester 1 before proceeding to HEN004 in semester 2

Bachelor of Arts majoring in either History, Geography or Sociology: The Bachelor of Arts majoring in any of the Social science disciplines are the same requirements for the Bachelor of Arts given on the main page


Head of Department
Ma’ilo Helen Tanielu, BA, ANU; PGDip Education, Univ. Canberra; MA (Hons), UoAuckland; PhD Candidate, National University of Samoa.

Associate Professor:
Associate Professor Tuiloma Susana Tauaa, BA (Hons) & MA, Flinders University of South Australia; PhD, National University of Samoa.

Senior Lecturers:
Saui'a Dr Louise Mataia-Milo, BSocSci DipEd Waik., PGDipArts MA Otago, PhD, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Anita Latai-Niusulu, BA Bed C.Qld, PGDipArts MA Otago, PhD, Otago University.

Rosa Filoi, BA, VUW; MA Candidate, VUW. (PDL)
Lucia Senio Chung Kwan, BA Dip Tchg Waik, MA, NUS.
Faumuina Fa'aafu Matafeo-Yoshida, BA Queensland, CAT S. Pac.
Tahere Talaina Siisiialafia, BA, USP, MSoc Work, University of West Indies.
Grace Manuleleua, BA, USP




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