About Us

  The Certificate Program in Native American Indian Studies (CPNAIS) offers students an opportunity to become informed of the histories, cultures, languages, music, art, religions and historical and contemporary issues affecting the Western Hemisphere's First Nations, Native Americans.Native American Studies provides students with opportunities to become informed of the rich and diverse history of Native Americas, and their interactions with settler communities across the last 500 years. The program will encourage on-campus roles for visitors from Native communities, supervise student outreach to Native communities and Native related institutions, and enhance the knowledge of students going on to post-baccalaureate education and service. The curriculum is drawn from University of Massachusetts at Amherst course offerings supplemented by courses offered at the four colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith). The Director and participating university faculty and staff will guide students in creating a coherent and culturally diversified undergraduate experience.

Events

Courses

Students at any of the five colleges can take classes at any college and they count towards the Certificate in Native American Indian Studies.

    

Requirements

The Certificate Program in Native American Studies will allow students to gain a structured understanding of the issues affecting contemporary Native American communities, gain a more sensitive understanding of the unique cultures rooted in this hemisphere, and develop a greater appreciation of the cultures and peoples of eastern North America.

Faculty

Dr. Paulette F. Steeves

Interim Director 2016-2017

Sonya Atalay

Anthropology

Paul Barten

Environmental Conservation

Angelica Bernal

Political Science

John Bracey

Afro-Am

Kathleen Brow-Perez

Commonwealth Honors College

Seth Cable

Linguistics

Donal Carbaugh

Communication

Chris Couch

Comparative Literature

Emiliana Cruz

Anthropology

Daniel Navarez Araujo

Comparative Literature

Isabel Espinal

NAIS Bibliographer

Samuel Redman

History

Margaret Speas

Linguistics

Jean Forward

Anthropology

Laura Furlan

English

Agustin Lao-Montes

Sociology / STPEC

Alice Nash

Associate Professor

Nancy Nobel

Art History

Priscilla Page

Theater

Ventura Perez

Anthropology

Ron Welburn

English

Marisol Barbon

Comparative Literature

Stina Soderling

WGSS Department

Heidi Scott

History

Lisa Wexler

Public Health

John Higginson

History

Stan Stevens

Geography

Carlos Molina-Vital

Spanish and Portuguese

Nazim Mamedov

Courses on plants

Contact

cpnais@anthro.umass.edu
Office:(413) 577-1607

Certificate Program in Native American Indian Studies
Anthropology Department
University of Massachusetts
314 Machmer
Amherst, MA 01003

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