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Undergraduate subject

Pacific Studies

06 October 2023
Discover the rich cultural history of the Pacific Islands and modern day politics within the Pacific region.


Pacific Studies


The Pacific region makes up one third of the earth’s surface, with diverse communities strong in innovation, Indigenous knowledge, resilience and identity.

You will navigate through the history of the Pacific Ocean and into contemporary issues of politics, climate change, and sustainability across the region, including the transnational nature of Pacific communities.

Pacific Studies

What will my study involve?

  • Study a range of historical and contemporary issues that reflects Aotearoa New Zealand's place in the world as part of the Pacific region.
  • Discover and analyse transnational power dynamics, security, and geopolitics.
  • Learn about the rich diversity and contemporary issues of the Pacific.

Pacific Studies


Pacific Studies minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


Pacific Studies

Career opportunities

Aotearoa has strengthening connections with the Pacific islands and our political and multicultural identity is also changing as a result, so there are many different careers this study can lead you to.

Career pathways could include:

  • community development
  • diplomacy
  • education
  • archive curation and conservation.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

Whakatairanga Ākonga

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International Prospectus 2024/2025

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