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Curriculum Requirements and Past Courses

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.

Students considering the Certificate Program should take Anthropology 100 or 104 as a General Education requirement; however neither will count toward the necessary credits.
The Director and Advisors will inform students about other courses available at UMass and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges suitable for fullfilling the Certificate's requirements.


Summary of the Curriculum: 1997 - 2004

Introductory Course:
Anthropology 370: Contemporary Issues in Native America- A Focus On The Northeast. This interdisciplinary course is team taught, features a series of guest lecturers from tribal communities, and presents an environment for critical thinking which students are expected to utilize in the program.

Diversity Area:
These courses introduce students to the diversity of nations, cultures and societies of Native Western Hemisphere peoples. For instance, Anthropology 270: North American Indians offers different disciplinary perspectives on the experiences of this region's Native Peoples.

University of Massachusetts Courses

ANT 197B
Introduction to Native American Indian Studies

ANT 270
North American Indians

ANT 337
Mesoamerican Archaeology

ANT 369
North American Archaeology

ANT 375
South American Archaeology

ANT 397
Andean Archaeology

ANT 397UU/597UU Anthropology and Education

COMM 497K Communication and Nature

ENG 116 Native American Literature

GEO 494A
American Indian Geographies

GEO 487S Indigenous Peoplese and Conservation

GEO 692B New Paradigms Conservation: Linking Conservation, Rights and Social Justice

HIST 170
Native Peoples of North America

HIST 355 The Caribbean

HIST 379
History of the American Westward Expansion

HIST 392
Deerfield 1704

HIST 393 Salem 1692

Native American Women

Native Peoples of the Northeast

HIST 693 Indigenous Peoples and the U.N.

HONORS 392X 01 Visions and Revisions

HONORS 499c 08 Capstone Course, Violence Against Indigenous Peoples and the Policies That Perpetuate It: The border Crossed Us

NASS ASB Alternative Spring Break

PLSOILIN 190C Cultural Entomology

POLISCI 397E Indigenous Rights and Social Movements in Latin America


Additional Five College Courses

Native American Histories (AC)

HIS 245 Empire in the North: Native Peoples in Siberia and Alaska under Russia & Soviet Rule

HIS 372 Problems in American History: Cross-cultural Captivity in North America: 1500-1860

NS 135
Health in America to 1492 (HC)

NS 235
American Indian Health 1492-1992 (HC)

ANT 237a
Native South Americans (SC)

ANT 250b
Native Peoples of North America (SC)

HIS 268
North American Indians Since 1500 (SC)

HIS 368
Topics in American Indian History (SC)

Contemporary Issues Area:

Issues faced by Native peoples today are the focus of these courses, such as Legal Studies 460: The Legalization of American Indians which deals with how the American legal system operates as a mechanism of cultural oppression and expropriation, and restructures Native social and cultural life; STPEC 394d: They Taught You Wrong addresses the historical and linguistic origins of American misconceptions and stereotypes of Native peoples and offers an argument for Native Studies.

University of Massachusetts Courses

Native Americans and African Americans

ANT 697
NAGPRA and Issues of Cultural Property in the Northeast

EDUC 377
Introduction to Critical Multicultural Education

GEO 497S
Indigenous Peoples and Conservation

Native American Activism in New England

They Taught You Wrong

Additional Five College Courses

NS 300
Indigenous Women's Health (HC)

ANT 240a
Anthropology of Museums (SC)

ANT 342b
Objects, Selves, Others: Anthropology of Material Culture (SC)

GOV 310
Native Americans in Law and Politics (SC)

Cultural Expressions Area:

These courses offer an appreciation for cultural traditions and contemporary expressions by Native writers and artists. English 116: Native American Literature introduces students to narratives, and creative and critical writings authored by Indians.

University of Massachusetts Courses
ANT 234
Art in Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANT 497B/697B
Native American Languages

ENG 116
Native American Literatures

ENG 492
Native American Literatures: Four Authors

Additional Five College Courses

ENG 60
Native American Expressive Traditions (AC)

HA 238
Paired Landscapes: Place as Experienced by North American Indians and Whites (HC)

ARH 201a
American Indian Art and Architecture (SC)

ARH 204a
Arts of the Pre-Columbian Andes (SC)

ARH 205b
Arts of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (SC)

Interested students should contact the Director or one of the following advisors: Robert Paynter (Anthropology), Jean Forward (Anthropology), Alice Nash (History), or Joyce Vincent (Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center).

Spring 2006 Courses

ANTH 370: Contemporary Issues in Native America: The Northeast.
TH 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Forward et al.) This course is mandatory for students enrolled in or planning to enroll in the certificate program.

Diversity Area

AFROAM 397: Native Americans and African Americans
W: 7-9:30 p.m. (Bracey and Vincent)


Hampshire College

HACU-0220-1: Imagining the Other: Blacks, Indians, and Jews in America
TTh 10:30-11:50 a.m. FPH 107 (Rubenstein)Smith College

Smith College

ANT 250: Native American Representations
MW 1:10-2:30 p.m. (Mithlo)

HST 270: Aspects of American History: the American Southwest
MW 7:30-9 p.m. (Cottrell)

LAS 301: Topics in Latin American and Latino/a Studies: Culture and Society in the Andes (seminar)
T 3-4:50 p.m. (Zulawski)

Contemporary Issues Area

EDUC 377: Multicultural Education
T 1-3:30 French

GEOSCI 497S: Indigenous Peoples and Conservation

HIST 393-I: Indigenous Women in North America
1-2:15 p.m. (Nash)

LEGAL 470: Indigenous Peoples, Global Issues
MW 3:35-4:50 p.m. (Darian-Smith)

STPEC 394D: Deconstructing Stereotypes of American Indians
W: 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Vincent)

Cultural Expressions Area

ENG 116: Native American Literatures
TTH: 9:30-10:45 a.m. (Welburn)

PLNTSOIL 596D: Medicinal Plants (Independent Study)


Smith College

ARH 130: Introduction to Art History: Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Americas
MW 1:10-2:30 p.m. (Kart)

ARH 204: Ancient America: Art, Architecture, and Archaeology.
MW 7:30-8:50 p.m. (Kart)