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Available to graduate students enrolled or accepted in a degree program in any UMass department, the Certificate Program in Native American Indian Studies provides students with a working knowledge and a better understanding of Western Hemisphere Indigenous Peoples and Nations, as well as urban and rural indigenous communities, especially here in the Northeast.

Curriculum and Interdisciplinary Coursework :

Curriculum Overview: The Graduate Certificate in Natve American Indian Studies curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for both Native and non-Native graduate students to learn about Native communities and to integrate that knowledge into their specific fields of study. The program has an equal focus on contemporary Native American Indians studying and accomplishing undergraduate and graduate degrees and engaging in academic collaborations and research with Native American communities. The sense of community created through this collaboration extends the nature of inquiry to include local, regional, national and scientific concerns and is essential to an engaged institution working within Native Studies.

Graduate Requirements:

Please follow the link to open the application form: Graduate Application.

Candidates must submit an application to their adviser and the CPNAIS Advisory Committee. Students must complete 15 credits of approved graduate Native Studies courses including Anthro 670: Contemporary Issues of North American Indians: Focus on the Northeast.

A. Foundation Course: Anthropology 670: Contemporary Issues of North American Indians: Focus on the Northeast. Offered annually, this course is the core course required for the graduate CPNAIS. The course is a model course for other Native American Studies programs. It features five Native American leaders from the Northeast of North America who present the contemporary issues of their communities from their perspective. Graduate students will be required to develop an archival paper as well as five regular papers plus an annotated bibliography of five additional references relevant for each speaker's presentation and attend the weekly meetings with the teaching staff.

B. Tracks: Students, in consultation with the Program Director and/or a member of the Advisory Committee, will develop individualized concentrations within CPNAIS and their departments. For example, an individualized program within Anthropology would start with Anthropology 670 and include Anthropology 697X: Historical Archaeology, Anthropology 597UU: Anthropology and Education, Anthropology 697PP: Pedagogy and Power, and Anthropology 775: Qualitative Policy Research. The research includes work with Native youth in an Indian urban center and results in a decolonization manual/handbook for Native youth as a support mechanism to complement their journey navigating the terrain of two disparate worlds: one that is traditional and one that is highly globalized.

Additional tracks will be individually developed for graduate students in history, English, public health, comparative literature, natural sciences, landscape and regional planning, business management, sustainable development, political science, sociology, African American studies, and education.

Native American Indian Studies Curriculum:

AfroAm 597B: Native Americans and African Americans

Anthropology 497I: Language Revival

Anthropology 529: Archaeology of the Northeast

Anthropology 625: Andean Archaeology

Anthropology 670: Contemporary Issues of North American Indians: Focus on the Northeast

Anthropology 697X: Historical Archaeology

Anthropology 597UU: Anthropology and Education

Anthropology 697B: Native American Languages

Anthropology 525: Archaeology and Law

Anthropology 578: Theory and Method in Archaeology

Anthropology 577: UMass Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology

Comp Lit 797N: Native Americans and Contemporary Narrative Arts

English 697D: Special Topics in American Literature: Native American

Geo 497S: Indigenous Peoples and Conversation

Geo 692B: New Paradigm Conservation: Linking Conservation, Rights, and Social Justice

History 646: Topics in Early American History

History 697C: Indigenous Women

History 693A: Native American Activism in the Northeast (CSL)

History 692A: Deerfield 1704

History 592B: Native Peoples of the Northeast

History 659: Introduction to Public History

History 692C: Theory and Method in Native American History

History 693N: New England/New France (F04)

History 691N: New Directions in Native American History (S08)

History 693P: Indigenous Peoples and the U.N. (S09)

History 797B: Research in Native American History (S01)

Linguistics 597: Language Revitalization (F09 or S10)

Public Health 796: Analyzing Narrative Data from the Circumpolar North

Regional Planning 651: Planning History and Theory