Native American and Indigenous Studies

In this concentration, students learn ways of conducting research with, by and for indigenous communities. Students move beyond foundational knowledge of Native American cultures to examine the physical and structural violence that played a foundational role in the colonization of indigenous peoples globally. Indigenous methodologies and contemporary efforts to decolonize research and contribute to community well-being are a central focus. Students will learn about community-driven partnerships with Native nations on research related to language reclamation, indigenous foodways and health, repatriation and protection of sacred sites, Native American law, and intellectual property issues.

Students following this pathway through the anthropology major may with to pursue a certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Relevant Courses Include 

100 Level Courses

102 Archaeology & Prehistory OR 150 Ancient Civilization

104 Culture, Society & People OR 106 Culture through Film

105 Language, Culture & Communication


200 Level Courses

205 Inequality & Oppression

281 Research Methods in Anthropology

297M Disease, Famine, & Warfare

297N Violence & Conflict in Pre-Hispanic Americas

269 North American Archaeology

220 Intro to Native American Studies

297PP Anthropology of Slavery

292 Violence in American Culture


300 Level Courses

360 Language, Culture & Society

370 Contemporary Issues of North American Indians

397 Gender, Race, & the Body

397BP Biology of Poverty

397CP Critical Pedagogy

397D Public Anthropology

397DD Bioarcheology of Violence

397 DG Indigenous Archaeology

397 Indigenous People of Mexico and Guatemala

397GB Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives

397JA Archaeology of Social Complexity

397MG Languages of Mexico & Guatemala

397RE Anthropology of Race & Education

397TT Race & the American Museum


400 Level Courses

494BI Global Bodies

497DG Indigenous Archaeology

497EN Endangered Languages: Why Do They Matter?

497R Political Economy of Race & Racism

497T Languages & Landscape