Study the art, archaeology, culture, geography, literature, and religion of Native peoples in North and South America — a collective history and impact spanning 15 millennia.
The Native American Studies program draws on a wide range of disciplines to examine Native American issues in great depth. Participate in a transformative and revealing study of the impacts of America’s original peoples.
Students in the program develop a foundation of knowledge that can be applied to professional work or continued study in inter-American relations, Latin American studies, anthropology, archaeology, history, government services, art history, museum studies, religion, and more.
The program offers both a major and minor in Native American Studies.
It was powerful to see the rugged plains landscape of the Lakota people; a landscape that’s marked by the massacre of Wounded Knee in 1890, a landscape where there’s a lot of history of resilience and refusal to give up their way of life.Professor Peter Balakian