Native American Studies Program
Chair: M.B. Taylor
Professors C. G. Calloway (History and Native American Studies), N. B. Duthu (Native American Studies), S. A. Kan (Anthropology and Native American Studies), D. L. Nichols (Anthropology); Associate Professors D. A. Turner (Government and Native American Studies); M. B. Taylor (Native American Studies), N. J. Reo (Native American Studies and Environmental Studies; Senior Lecturer V. B. B. Palmer (Native American Studies) .
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Native American Studies offers students the opportunity to pursue a program of study that will increase their understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political aspirations of Indian peoples in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. Students explore the intersection of Indian and European histories and systems of knowledge. Students will learn essential information about Native American ways of living, organizing societies, and understanding the world, and about their relations with Euro-American colonizing powers. They will learn to appreciate how the value systems of different cultures function and to understand the dynamics of cultural change. They will examine contact and conflict between Native and non-Native societies and will appreciate the unique status of Indian peoples in the United States and Canada.
Students who elect to take a major or minor in Native American Studies will take a number of core courses and will explore interdisciplinary approaches to Native American Studies. Courses in Native American Studies are open to all students. Indeed, the mission of the Native American Studies program depends upon attracting a varied student body who bring their own perspectives and build upon their individual experiences and understandings.
Students pursue their own interests and develop an individual program, but they also take certain required courses, to ensure that they acquire a common body of substantive knowledge, gain exposure to crucial ways of critical thinking, and explore several essential approaches to Native American Studies.
In order to qualify for a major in Native American Studies, a student must take ten courses, to be selected as follows:
NAS 8: Perspectives in Native American Studies
One Class in Literature and Languages:
NAS 30.10, NAS 31, NAS 32, NAS 34, NAS 35, NAS 41,or NAS 47
One Class in History and Culture:
NAS 10, NAS 14, NAS 15, NAS 18, NAS 19, NAS 42 , or NAS 55
One Class in Governance and Sovereignty:
NAS 25, NAS 36, NAS 44, or NAS 50
A Culminating Experience course:
NAS 10, NAS 11, NAS 14, NAS 15, NAS 18, NAS 19, NAS 22, NAS 25
NAS 30, NAS 31, NAS 32, NAS 34, NAS 35, NAS 36, NAS 37, NAS 38, NAS 39, NAS 40, NAS 41, NAS 42, NAS 45, NAS 47, NAS 48, NAS 49, NAS 50
NAS 85 (permission required)
NAS 86 (permission required)
NAS 87 (see Honors Program)
All required courses and most electives are usually offered on an annual basis. However, students should consult the Program for current course offerings and special course offerings for each term.