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REGULATIONS FOR THE FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE (2013)
Amended 2015, 2016, 2017

1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
On the basis of the Samoan School Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent the following are the entry criteria for the Foundation Certificate Programmes.

Foundation Certificate (Arts)

• At least 200% aggregate total in the best three subjects plus English: English to be at least 60%, At least 50% in each of the subjects of Geography, History, Samoan or Development Studies.
• A student who has an Aggregate of 200% but 50-59 in English, will enrol in and pass HEN003 in semester 1 before proceeding to HEN004 in semester 2. 

2. MODE OF STUDY
Full-time in the first year. Students eligible to repeat the Foundation Year (see clause 7)
may be full- or part-time.

3. DURATION
Two semesters. For students eligible to repeat the Foundation Year (see clause 7),
maximum duration is four semesters.

4. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
4.1 All students in the Foundation Certificate programme shall enrol for five courses per
semester, except that students may enrol for six courses in semester 2 and Foundation Science students may enrol for a total of twelve courses (five in semester one plus the pre-semester Samoan course and six courses, if necessary, in semester 2).
4.2 Many Foundation courses require specific passes in SSLC (prerequisites) for
enrolment.
4.2.1 The prerequisites for Foundation courses are listed in Schedule 1
4.2.2 The prerequisites for bridging courses are listed in Schedule 2

5. PROGRAMME LOAD
For full-time students, five courses per semester. An underload or an overload has to be approved and signed for on the Enrolment form by the relevant Foundation Certificate Coordinator

6. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
Passes in bridging courses (listed in Schedule 2) cannot be counted when calculating a student’s eligibility to receive a Foundation Certificate. If a student, at the completion of the Foundation programme, has not satisfied the requirements for the specific enrolled Foundation Certificate, but has passed the courses to satisfy another Foundation Certificate, the student may graduate in that other programme.

7. REPEATING FOUNDATION YEAR
7.1 Students who have passed at least four Foundation courses may repeat the Foundation Certificate programme only in the following year.
7.2 Repeating students must enrol in between one and four Foundation courses. Students who have passed six or more in the previous year may also enrol in 100-level courses for which they have passed the prerequisites. Students who have passed four or five courses in the previous year must seek the permission of the Dean before they may enrol in 100-level courses.
7.3 Repeating students may repeat courses they have failed or enrol in other Foundation courses if the prerequisites have been passed in SSLC. (See 4.2)
7.4 Foundation Certificate students may repeat the Foundation Year only once.
7.5 Students who have already completed the requirements for a Foundation Certificate
cannot repeat the programme.

8. These regulations are effective from 1 January, 2013.

Schedule 1 & 2

REGULATION FOR THE DIPLOMA IN MEDIA AND JOURNALISM (2017)

1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant must:
a) Be a graduate of any NUS Foundation Program,
b) Be a mature aged student with at least  3 years relevant and current work experience, who must provide the following documentation:
• Three (3) relevant/current official written references from previous and current media employers
• Certificates (relevant/current) from any media related trainings or workshops previously attended.
c) Any other equivalent programme approved by the Head of Department. NUS Statute on Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit (2015)
NUS Regulation for Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit and Recognition of Current Competence applies.

2. MODE OF STUDY
Full time or Part-time.

3. DURATION
Not less than four semesters.

4. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
Students must pass all prerequisite courses prior to progressing to the next stage of courses in the programme.
A student must pass sixteen (16) courses including one (1) work attachment (TJL231).
TJL120, TJL121, TJL125, TJL126, TJL127, TJL128, TJL129, TJL224, TJL225, TJL227, TJL228,
TJL229, TJL230, TJL231, HCS185, TCS101,
Final Year students who have completed 14 out of 15 courses have to take five
(5) weeks of work experience attachment with any broadcast media or any media related office assigned by the Head of Department.

5. PROGRAMME LOAD
Four or five courses per semester. An overload has to be approved and signed for on the Enrolment Form by the Dean or the Dean’s nominee.

6. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
To be awarded with a Diploma in Media and Journalism, a student must pass sixteen (16) courses including (1) one work attachment (TJL231) as specified in 4 above.

7. These regulations are effective from 1 January, 2018.

REGULATIONS FOR THE DIPLOMA IN ARTS (2007)

1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant shall be eligible to be admitted to the Diploma in Arts if that applicant has:
a) Completed the requirements for a Foundation Certificate or equivalent, or
b) Mature entry:
i. Is at least 20 years of age as at 1 February in the year of admission, and
ii. Has at least three years full-time work experience and/or training.

2. MODE OF STUDY
Full-time or part-time.

3. DURATION
No more than six semesters.

4. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
4.1 Unless credit is granted under the Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Statute, this programme consists of twelve courses – the compulsory generic minor of four courses (HCS185, HEN107, HSA100, HSO102) and a major in one Arts discipline (English, Geography, History or Sociology).
4.2 A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts may elect to discontinue the programme of study for the degree and be awarded a Diploma in Arts if that candidate has completed twelve courses that comprise a programme of study that satisfies the requirements in 4.1.

5. PROGRAMME LOAD
For full-time students three or four courses per semester, for part-time students two courses per semester. An underload or an overload has to be approved and signed for on the Enrolment form by the Dean or the Dean’s nominee.

6. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
To be awarded a Diploma in Arts a student must pass the twelve courses specified in 4.1 above.

7. These regulations are effective from 1 January, 2007.

REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF ARTS (2007)
Amended 2011, 2012, 2017

1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant shall be eligible to be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) if that applicant has:
a) Completed the requirements for a Foundation Certificate or equivalent, or
b) Completed the requirements for a Diploma in Arts, Diploma in Media and Journalism
or
c) Mature entry:
i. Is at least 20 as at 1 February in the year of admission, and
ii. Has at least three years full-time work experience and/or training.

2. MODE OF STUDY
Full-time or part-time.

3. DURATION
Not less than six semesters.

4. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
4.1 Unless credit is granted under the Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Statute, this programme consists of twenty four courses with concentrations of study (majors/minors) in disciplines. The degree may be made up of either:
a) a single major (eight courses) in a discipline offered by the Faculty of Arts, the compulsory generic minor (four courses), two minors (2 x four or five courses) and up to four electives (totalling 24 courses), or
b) two majors (2 x eight courses), the compulsory generic minor (four courses) and either a single minor (1 x four courses) or four electives.
4.2 A single major has eight courses in one discipline, of which two shall be at the 100-level and three courses at each of 200- and 300-levels; a minor (subject to prerequisites) is a minimum of four and a maximum of five courses in a discipline different from the major, with a minimum of two courses above 100-level.
4.3 Two majors will comprise eight courses in each of two disciplines, of which two courses in each discipline shall be at the 100-level, three courses at each of 200- and 300-levels; a minor (subject to prerequisites) is four courses in a discipline different
from the majors, with a minimum of two courses above 100-level.
4.4 Major and Minor Disciplines Offered by the Faculty of Arts. See the Schedule of Majors and Minors listed after this Regulation.
a) The Faculty of Arts disciplines which can be included in the BA as majors are:
English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature, Geography, History, Media and Journalism and Sociology
b) The Faculty of Arts disciplines which can be included in the BA as minors are:
Chinese Language, English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature, French Language, Geography, History, Japanese Language, Media and Journalism and Sociology
c) The Faculty of Arts disciplines which can be included in the BA degree as electives are those listed in b above, plus Anthropology and Politics.
4.5 Compulsory Generic Minor
All students who intend to complete a Bachelor of Arts must include the following courses in their degree: HCS185, HEN107, HSA100, HSO102.
4.6 Major and Minor Disciplines Offered by other Faculties & Centres. See the Schedule of Majors and Minors listed after this Regulation.
a) If a student chooses to include two majors in their BA, both majors may be from
4.4a, or one major must be from 4.4a and the second major may be selected from the following disciplines:
Faculty of Business & Entrepreneurship: Economics, Management, Marketing
Faculty of Science: Computing, Mathematics
Centre for Samoan Studies: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Samoan Culture,
Samoan Language, Samoan Language and Culture
Faculty of Education: FTT, HPE, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
b) One minor may be chosen from the following disciplines:
Faculty of Business & Entrepreneurship: Economics, Management, Marketing
Faculty of Science: Computing, Mathematics
Centre for Samoan Studies: Archaeology, Samoan Culture, Samoan Language,
Samoan Language and Culture
c) The non-Arts disciplines which can be included in the BA degree as electives are those listed in b above, plus Statistics.

5. PROGRAMME LOAD
For full-time students four courses per semester, for part-time students two courses persemester. An underload or an overload has to be approved and signed for on the Enrolment form by the Dean or the Dean’s nominee.

6. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts a student must pass the twenty-four courses specified in 4 above.

7. These regulations are effective from 1 January, 2007.

SCHEDULE OF BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJORS AND MINORS
􀁸 Archaeology Minor: HSA180; HSA280; HSA380, HSA281
􀁸 Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Major: HSA154, HSA155, HSA180; HSA254, HSA280,
HSA281; HSA354, HSA355, HSA380
􀁸 Chinese Language Minor: HCN100, HCN101; HCN200, HCN201
􀁸 Computing Major (when part of the BA only): Two of HCS181, HCS183, HCS184; plus
three of HCS281, HCS283,HCS284, HCS286, HCS287, HCS288; plus three of HCS381,
HCS383, HCS385, HCS386, HCS387, HCS388
􀁸 Computing Minor: Two of HCS181, HCS183, HCS184; plus two of HCS281, HCS283,
HCS284, HCS286, HCS287, HCS288
􀁸 Economics Major (when part of the BA only): HEC101, HEC102; HEC201, HEC202,
HEC204; plus three of HEC301, HEC307, HEC308, HEC309
􀁸 Economics Minor: HEC101, HEC102; plus two of HEC201, HEC202, HEC204,
􀁸 English Language Major: HEN102, HEN106; HEN202, HEN204, HEN205; HEN304,
HEN306, HEN308
􀁸 English Language Minor: HEN102, HEN106; plus two of HEN202, HEN204, HEN205; plus HEN304
􀁸 English Language and Literature Major: HEN101, HEN102; plus three 200- level HEN courses; plus three 300-level HEN courses
􀁸 English Language and Literature Minor: HEN101, HEN102; plus two 200- level HEN courses; plus one 300-level HEN course
􀁸 English Literature Major: HEN101; plus one of HEN103, HEN104, HEN105; plus
HEN201, HEN203, HEN207; plus three of HEN301, HEN303, HEN305, HEN307
􀁸 English Literature Minor: HEN101; plus one of HEN103, HEN104; plus two of HEN201,
HEN203, HEN207; plus one of HEN301, HEN303, HEN305, HEN307
􀁸 Japanese Language Minor: HJA100, HJA101; HJA200, HJA201
􀁸 Geography Major: HGE100, HGE101; HGE200, HGE201, HGE202; HGE300, HGE301,
HGE302
􀁸 Geography Minor: HGE100, HGE101; HGE200, HGE202; HGE300
􀁸 History Major: HHI104, HHI103 or HHI105; HHI202, HHI205, HHI206; plus three of
HHI301, HHI302, HHI304, HHI306, HHI307
􀁸 History Minor: HHI104; HHI202; plus one of HHI205, HHI206; plus one of HHI301,
HHI302, HHI304, HHI306, HHI307
􀁸 Management Major (eight courses): HMG161, HMG162; plus three of HMG202,
HMG203, HMG204, HMG205; plus three of HMG361, HMG362, HMG364, HMG365,
HMG366
􀁸 Management Minor (4 courses) HMG161, HMG162; and two from HMG202, HMG203,
HMG204, HMG205
􀁸 Marketing Major (eleven courses): HMK101, HMK105; HMK201, HMK202, HMK203,
HMK204; HMK301, HMK302, HMK303, HMK306; plus HMK305 or HMK307, HMK308
􀁸 Marketing Minor: HMK101, HMK105; HMK201, HMK202, HMK203, HMK204,
􀁸 Mathematics Major (when part of the BA only; nine courses): HMA111, HMA121,
HST151; plus three of HMA211, HMA221, HMA222, HMA223, HMA271, HST251; plus
three of HMA300, HMA311, HMA321, HMA323, HST351
􀁸 Mathematics Minor: HMA111, HMA121; plus two of HMA211, HMA221, HMA222,
HMA223, HMA271
􀁸 Media and Journalism Major: HJL100, HJL101, HJL200, HJL201, HJL202, HJL203, HJL300, HJL301, HJL302
􀁸 Media and Journalism Minor: HJL100, HJL200, HJL201, HJL202, plus one of HJL300, HJL301
􀁸 Samoan Culture Major: HSA154, HSA155; HSA250, HSA252, HSA254; plus three of
HSA350, HSA352, HSA354, HSA355
􀁸 Samoan Culture Minor: HSA154, HSA180; plus two of HSA250, HSA252,HSA254
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􀁸 Samoan Language Major: HSA111, HSA112; HSA204, HSA212, HSA213; HSA311,
HSA312, HSA313
􀁸 Samoan Language Minor: HSA111, HSA112; plus two of HSA204, HSA212, HSA213
􀁸 Samoan Language and Culture Major: Two of HSA111, HSA112, HSA154; plus three of
HSA204, HSA212, HSA213, HSA250, HSA252; plus three of HSA311, HSA312, HSA313,
HSA350, HSA352
􀁸 Samoan Language and Culture Minor: Two of HSA111, HSA112, HSA154; plus two of
HSA204, HSA212, HSA213, HSA250, HSA252
􀁸 Sociology Major: HSO100, HSO101; HSO200, HSO201; plus one of HSO202, HSO203;
plus HSO300; plus two of HSO301, HSO302, HSO303
􀁸 Sociology Minor: HSO100, HSO101; plus two of HSO200, HSO201, HSO202, HSO203;
plus one of HSO300, HSO301, HSO302, HSO303
􀁸 Food and Textile Technology Minor: HFT100, HFT101, HFT200, HFT201, HFT204
􀁸 Health and Physical Education Minor: HPE100, HPE101, HPE200, HPE201, HPE204
􀁸 Music Minor: HMU100, HMU101, HMU200, HMU201, HMU204
􀁸 Performing Arts Minor: HPA100, HPA101, HPA200, HPA201, HPA204
􀁸 Visual Arts Minor: HVA100, HVA101, HVA200, HVA201, HVA204

REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF ARTS SECONDARY TEACHING

(2021)

  1.  ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

An applicant shall be eligible to be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts Secondary Teaching

(BA Sec Tchg) if that applicant has:

1.1. Completed the requirements for a Foundation Certificate or equivalent, or

1.2. Completed the requirements for a Diploma in Arts, or

1.3. Mature entry:

  • Is at least 20 as at 1 February in the year of admission, and
  • Has at least three years full-time work experience and/or training.

2. MODE OF STUDY

Full-time or part-time.

  1. DURATION

Not less than six semesters.

4.PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

4.1 Unless credit is granted under the Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Statute, this

programme consists of twenty-four courses with concentrations of study

(majors/minors) in disciplines. The degree is specifically made up of:

 

  1. a) a single major (eight courses) in a discipline offered by the Faculty of Arts, eight

compulsory courses from the Faculty of Education, plus the compulsory generic

minor (four courses), and four electives (totaling 24 courses) OR a minor of four

courses in a discipline different from the major, with a minimum of two courses

above 100 level.

 

Major and Minor Disciplines Offered by the Faculty of Arts. See SCHEDULE OF

BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJORS AND MINORS listed above this regulation.

 

4.2 The Faculty of Arts disciplines which can be included in the BA Secondary Teaching

(BA Sec Tchg) as majors are: English Language, English Language and Literature,

English Literature, Geography, History.

 

4.3 The disciplines which can be included in the BA Secondary Teaching (BA Sec Tchg)

as minors or electives are: Chinese Language, English Language, English Language

and Literature, English Literature, French Language, Geography, History, Sociology,

Japanese Language: see the SCHEDULE OF BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJORS AND

MINORS listed above.

 

4.4 Compulsory Generic Minor

All students who intend to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Secondary Teaching) must

include the following courses in their degree: HCS185, HEN107, HSA100, and

HSO102.

 

4.5 Minor Disciplines Offered by other Faculties & Centres. See the See SCHEDULE OF

BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJORS AND MINORS listed above this regulation.

 

  1. a) One minor may be chosen from the following disciplines:

Faculty of Business & Entrepreneurship: Economics, Management, Marketing

Faculty of Science: Computing/ Applied Computing, Mathematics

Centre for Samoan Studies: Archaeology, Samoan Culture, Samoan Language,

Samoan Language and Culture

Faculty of Education: Visual Arts, Music, Food and Textiles Technology, Health

and Physical Education. A major in Visual Arts is allowed for the Bachelor of Arts

Secondary Teaching.

5.PROGRAMME LOAD

For full-time students four courses per semester, for part-time students two courses per

semester. An underload or an overload has to be approved and signed for on the

Enrolment form by the Dean or the Dean’s nominee.

  1. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Secondary Teaching) a student must pass the twentyfour

courses specified in 4 above.

7.These Regulations are effective from 1 January 2021.

REGULATIONS FOR THE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ARTS (2020)

1.ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

An applicant shall be eligible to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts if that applicant has:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum grade of B3 average or equivalent. or
  2. A relevant qualification and experience as determined by the Post Graduate Committee and subject to the National University of Samoa General Statutes and Regulations on entry requirements.

or

Be part of any other equivalent programme approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and within the University

2.  MODE OF STUDY

Full-time or Part-time.

3.  DURATION

A full-time student will normally complete the programme in one academic year and must pass the six courses within one year of the date of first registration, unless the Senate determines otherwise.

  1. A part-time student will normally complete the programme in two academic years and must pass the six courses within two years of the date of first registration, unless the Senate determines otherwise.

4.  PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Unless credit is granted under the Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Statute, this programme consists of:

  1. One compulsory course HSA501 or HSC500; plus
  2. Five 500 level courses selected from HEN581; HEN580; HGE507; HGE508; HGE509; HHI570; HHI571; HHI572, HSO590;

5.  PROGRAMME LOAD

For full-time students, three courses per semester, for part-time students two courses per semester. An underload or an overload has to be approved and signed for on the enrolment form by the Dean.

6.  PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

 To be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts a candidate must pass six courses as prescribed in 4 above.

7.  These Regulations are effective from 1 January, 2021

REGULATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS (2020)

1.  ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

An applicant shall be admitted to the Master of Arts if that applicant has:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with at least a B3 average or
  2. A relevant qualification and experience as determined by the Post Graduate Committee and subject to the National University of Samoa General Statutes and Regulations on entry requirements
  3. Be part of any other equivalent programme approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and within the University

2.  MODE OF STUDY

Full-time or Part-time.

3.  DURATION

  1. A full-time student will normally complete the programme in one academic year. If a Thesis is required; it must be passed within two years of the date of first registration in the Masters programme, unless the Postgraduate Committee of Senate determines
  2. A part-time student will normally complete the programme in two academic If a thesis is required, it must be passed within four years of the date of first registration in the Masters programme, unless the Postgraduate Committee of Senate determines otherwise.

4.  PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Learners seeking credit for previous successful study at the postgraduate level must seek advice from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts who may make a recommendation to the Postgraduate Committee and Senate. Credit can only be given for coursework.

The following options are available for the candidate who wishes to pursue the programme:

Option 1: Coursework plus Minor Thesis (25,000 Words)

1 Core Course (either HSA501 or HSC500) plus Five 500 level courses selected from HEN581; HEN580; HGE507; HGE508; HGE509; HHI570; HHI571; HHI572, HSO590; HTE589 plus a

supervised minor thesis (HFA600a: 25,000 words) on a topic approved by the Postgraduate Committee of Senate.

First Year of the Programme – 6 Courses: Core (HSA501 or HSC500) plus 5 courses selected from HGE507, 508; HGE509; HEN580, 581; HHI570, 571; HHI572; HSO590, HTE589.

Second Year of the Programme – HFA600a: Minor Thesis. 25,000 words

Option 2: Coursework and an MA Minor Thesis (35,000 words)

1 Core Course (either HSA501 or HSC500) plus Three 500 level courses from HEN581; HEN580; HGE507; HGE508; HGE509; HHI570; HHI571; HHI572; HSO590; HTE589 plus a supervised minor

thesis (HFA600b: 35,000 words)

First Year of the Programme – Either HSA501 or HSC500 plus 3 discipline specific courses from HGE507,508,HGE509 ;HEN580,581; HHI570,571;HHI572; HSO590, HTE589.

Second Year of the Programme – HFA600b: Minor Thesis(35,000 words)

Option 3: Thesis

A supervised thesis of 50,000 words on a topic approved by the Postgraduate Committee of Senate.

1 Core Course (HSA501 or HSC500) + HFA600: Thesis (50,000 words).

First Year of the Programme – Either HSA501: Research Methods OR HSC500: Research in the Sciences plus HFA600: Thesis (50,000 words) spread across the 2 years.

Second Year of the Programme – HFA600: Thesis (50,000 words) continuation from first year.

5.  SUPERVISOR

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts shall recommend to the Postgraduate Committee of Senate, the name(s) of a supervisor(s) for each applicant who is enrolled in a thesis(s).

6.  PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

To graduate with a Master of Arts, a student must pass all prescribed coursework and pass the thesis or the minor thesis and courses or the courses and the project/independent study as stated in 4 above. Students selecting the thesis option must comply with the Regulations for the Master’s Degree by Thesis.

7.  These Regulations are effective from 1 January, 2021.

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