Undergraduate Catalog (2019-2020)

General Information

Undergraduate Catalog (2019-2020)



Ina, Deskubre, Setbe:
To Enlighten, To Discover, To Serve

  • The University of Guam is a U.S.-accredited regional land-grant institution. It is dedicated to the search for and dissemination of knowledge, wisdom, and truth.
  • The University exists to service its learners and the communities of Guam, Micronesia, and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia.
  • The University prepares learners for life by providing the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities through the core curriculum, degree programs, research, and outreach.
  • At the Pacific crosscurrents of the East and West, the University of Guam provides a unique opportunity to discover and acquire indigenous and global knowledge.


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The University of Guam, a U.S. land-grant institution, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a U.S. regional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The University has been continuously accredited since 1959.

All of UOG’s academic programs and its Intensive English Program (a non-degree program) are covered by this accreditation.

The University also holds the following degree program accreditations:

School of Health

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) until 2026. The program received initial accreditation in 1996 through the commission, which was at that time the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2023.

School of Business & Public Administration

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree program as well as the Professional Master of Business Administration degree program are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) until 2026. This continues a history of accreditation for the school dating back to 1997.

In December 2014, the Master of Public Administration degree program was approved for membership under the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), which is considered the global standard in public service education.

School of Education

The School of Education and all of its degree programs are accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) system.

Additionally, programs provided by the School of Education to prepare candidates for teacher certification in elementary, secondary, second language elementary, and special education are accepted by the Guam Commission on Educator Certification.

See www.wascsenior.org and UOG's accreditation webpage for more information about WSCUC and the University of Guam. 



The expected fundamental knowledge, skills, and values that the University of Guam student will have demonstrated upon completion of any degree are:

  • Mastery of critical thinking and problem solving
  • Mastery of quantitative analysis
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Understanding and appreciation of culturally diverse people, ideas, and values in a democratic context
  • Responsible use of knowledge, natural resources, and technology
  • An appreciation of the arts and sciences
  • An interest in personal development and lifelong learning For more clarification and examples of how students might demonstrate the ISLOs, see https://url.uog.edu/islos.


The University of Guam dates back to June 1952, when the island government established the Territorial College of Guam as a two-year teacher-training school under the U.S. Department of Education. The College, located on a high school campus in the village of Mongmong, had an initial enrollment of approximately 200 students — most of them experienced teachers — and a staff of 13.

The College gained accreditation as a junior college in 1959 and moved to the present campus in central Mangilao in 1960 where a two-story classroom building and a library had been erected. The College’s academic programs expanded to accommodate increasing enrollment and student needs.

In 1963, administrative control of the College was transferred from the Department of Education to a five-member governing Board of Regents. Accreditation as a four-year degree-granting institution was first granted in 1963 and again in 1965.

A plan for the establishment of three undergraduate schools was implemented in the fall of 1967. The following year, on Aug. 12, l968 — four months after its accreditation was extended to the maximum five-year period — the College was renamed the “University of Guam” by an act of the Guam Legislature.

Enrollment in the fall of 1968 reached 1,800; staff and faculty totaled more than 130. Additions to the campus included a new library, the Fine Arts Building, and the Science Building. A Student Center, three dormitories, and the Health Sciences Building were completed in the summer of 1970.

On June 22, 1972, the University was designated a landgrant institution by an Act of the U.S. Congress. Administrative autonomy was granted on Oct. 4, 1976, with the enactment of Public Law 13-194, “The Higher Education Act of 1976,” which became effective on Nov. 3, l976. The Act, with subsequent amendments, established the University as a non-membership, non-profit corporation under the control and operation of a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the legislature. Public Law 17-55, enacted on June 11, l984, provided further autonomy to the University and established staggered terms for members of the Board of Regents.


The University campus sits on a gently sloping 100-acre site in Mangilao, minutes from Hagåtña and other government and commercial centers. It overlooks Pago Bay and commands a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.


While English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Guam, the University recognizes English and CHamoru as the official languages of Guam (P.L. 12-132). The University also adheres to spelling and usage conventions developed by the Kumision I Fino’ CHamoru, which has the duty of establishing agreement on CHamoru orthography and notifying public and private institutions of updates to the language (P.L. 33-236). Courses and coursework may be delivered in fino' CHamoru or other modern languages upon the approval of the instructor and dean.

In line with this endeavor, the semester names at the University of Guam are officially the following, in line with the CHamoru terms for the local seasons:

  • August to December: Fanuchånan (“a time for wet”)
  • December to January: Tinalo’ (“in between”) 
  • January to May: Fañomnåkan (“a time for sunshine”)
  • June to August: Finakpo’ (“the conclusion”)