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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22


Native American and Indigenous Studies

Chair: N.B. Duthu

Professors C. G. Calloway (History and NAIS), N. B. Duthu (NAIS), M. B. Taylor (NAIS and English); Associate Professors: N. J. Reo (NAIS and Environmental Studies); Assistant Professor M.S. Crandall (NAIS); Senior Lecturer V. B. B. Palmer (NAIS); Lecturer, J. L. Powell (Hood Museum).

 

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Native American and Indigenous 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 Indigenous peoples in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada and other regions of the world. Students explore the intersection of Indigenous and European histories and systems of knowledge. Students will learn essential information about Indigenous 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 Indiegnous and non-Indigenous  societies and will appreciate the unique status of Indigenous peoples in the United States, Canada, and other regions of the world.

Students who elect to take a major or minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies will take a number of core courses and will explore interdisciplinary approaches within the field. Courses in our department are open to all students. Indeed, the mission of the Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies depends upon attracting a varied student body who bring their own perspectives and build upon their individual experiences and understandings.


Major Requirements

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 and Indigenous Studies.

In order to qualify for a major in Native American and Indigenous Studies, a student must take ten courses, to be selected as follows:

One Prerequisite:

NAS 8: Perspectives in Native American Studies

One Class in Literature and Languages:

NAS 30.xx, NAS 31, NAS 32, NAS 34, NAS 35, NAS 40, NAS 41, or NAS 47

One Class in History and Culture:

NAS 10, NAS 14, NAS 15, NAS 16, NAS 18, NAS 19, NAS 42, NAS 51, or NAS 55

One Class in Governance and Sovereignty:

NAS 25, NAS 36, NAS 44, or NAS 50

A Culminating Experience course:

NAS 80 or 81

Five Electives:

NAS 11, NAS 13, NAS 14, NAS 15, NAS 18, NAS 19, NAS 22, NAS 25, NAS 28

NAS 30, NAS 31, NAS 32, NAS 34, NAS 35, NAS 36, NAS 38, NAS 39, NAS 40, NAS 41, NAS 42, NAS 45, NAS 47, NAS 48, NAS 49, NAS 50, NAS 51, NAS 55,  orNAS 56

NAS 80

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.

NAS Modifed Major
We allow students to earn a modified major in NAS (i.e. NAS modified with another department or program's courses). We follow the basic model of the college in requiring 6 NAS courses coupled with 4 courses from another other department or program that, all combined, represent a coherent whole. Furthermore, there will always be one course prerequisite (NAS 8) in addition to the 6 required courses.

Students must submit a written statement to the chair of NAS and to the Registrar describing their rational for the modified major as a unified, coherent whole, and detailing the relevance of each planned course to the overall program of study.

Students should also consult the college's general guidelines and procedures for modified majors:

http://dartmouth.smartcatalogiq.com/en/current/orc/Regulations/Undergraduate-Study/Requirements-for-the-
Degree-of-Bachelor-of-Arts/Modified-Major