Pacific Studies

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Note: The minor in Pacific Studies is currently not open to new enrolments at undergraduate level, however you can still include Pacific Studies courses in your degree studies.

At undergraduate level, Pacific Studies minor courses explore the navigation and settlement of the Pacific Ocean, including first settlement of Aotearoa New Zealand, the history behind their migration, and the development of various, unique cultures across the region. You will also learn about modern day issues of politics and security between the islands and Aotearoa as we enter the ‘century of the Pacific’.

Students will have access to UC’s extensive collection of Aotearoa and Pacific literature housed in Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown | Macmillan Brown Library. Developed from the personal library of John Macmillan Brown, a distinguished academic on Pacific Studies, the library contains original works from the 18th and early 19th centuries covering history from Aotearoa and the Pacific region, including literature, manuscripts, photographs, and artworks.

Contact us

Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

Phone +64 3 369 3377

Level 3, Psychology building – see campus maps

Postal address
Te Rāngai Toi Tangata | College of Arts
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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