Native American Studies

Coordinator/Dept. Chair: 
Prof. Aswini Pai
Campus Address: 
Johnson Hall of Science
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The Native American Studies program integrates course work from several fields into an interdisciplinary curriculum that enables students to examine the histories, cultures and contemporary issues affecting the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Courses focus on pre-contact civilizations, and historic and contemporary societies, Native cosmologies, social organization, art, literature, film and environmental adaptations. In several courses, the study of the struggle for survival of Native cultures presents students with a range of issues from political/legal status, treaty rights, demography, land claims, sovereignty and self-governance to identity politics, natural resource development, preservation and reclamation.

The Native American studies program is not offering any courses that would be appropriate for first-year students this fall. First-year students are encouraged to enroll in one of the following courses, which are cross-listed with Native American Studies:

  • ANTH 201: Intro to Human Origins (SS)
  • CNS 101: Intro to Canada
  • ENVS 124/SOC 124: Dirty Business and Environment (SS/EL)
  • GS 102: Intro to Global Studies II: Race, Culture, Identity (DIV13)
  • HIST 103: United States History to 1877 (HU)