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Native American and Indigenous Studies

The Native American and Indigenous Studies track is part of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.

The minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) offers concentrated study in Native American and Indigenous histories, cultures, and politics. It introduces students to comparative settler colonialism studies and to the politics of Native American Studies as well as to global critical Indigenous studies and methodologies. The minor encourages attention to local tribal communities and activist research, in particular through its inclusion of a capstone internship option.

Minor Requirements

Starting Fall 2020

5 courses:

  • Requirement 1 (1 course):
    RCD 0050 Introduction to Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora
  • Requirement 2 (1 course):
    One introductory course in Native American and Indigenous Studies that introduces the field substantively and in terms of its methods, theoretical groundings, and history.
  • Requirement 3 (2 courses):
    Two electives in Native American and Indigenous Studies; one should have a regional focus on the Indigenous Americas; one should have a focus on global indigeneity and/or comparative settler colonialisms.
  • Requirement 4 (1 course):
    One culminating capstone option such as an advanced research course or independent study. Departmental approval required.

Course lists are available on the department website

Contact

Students interested in pursuing a Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor should contact track Director or RCD Department Administrator.

Amahl Bishara
Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies
Professor of Anthropology

Cynthia Sanders
Department Administrator
Lincoln Filene Hall, 3rd Floor
617-627-2311