This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.

Major Requirements

The major in Native American Studies consists of nine courses and includes the following requirements:

One of the Following

North American (N) and Latin American (L) Courses

Seven elective courses, at least two courses must be taken in each of these areas:

North American (N) and Latin American (L)    

400-Level Course

An approved 400-level course or an approved 400-level independent study project

Additional Electives (with permission)

With prior permission of the director of Native American Studies, the following courses may also be counted among the North and Latin American electives when they have appropriate course content or a research paper is undertaken in one of these areas:

Recommended Engagement in Archaeological or Anthropological Fieldwork

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in archaeological or anthropological fieldwork (e.g., ) and/or first-hand curricular contact with a Native American community (e.g., ).

With the advice and consent of the director, students are encouraged to enroll for a summer or term in field schools in archaeology or social anthropology, or Native American community colleges. Such approved programs may earn Native American Studies course credit.

Students are further encouraged to participate in non-curricular opportunities such as summer archaeological fieldwork with a Colgate faculty member or hands-on research with Native American collections in the Longyear Museum of Anthropology.

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the  program page.

Native American Studies Program

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalog page.