Native American Studies

We are proud to offer a minor in Native American Studies, in which students can gain a deeper knowledge of the rich cultural heritage of our continent's indigenous peoples. Over the years our students have had the opportunity to work and study in collaboration with the Muwekma Ohlone, the Paiute, and other descendant communities. The Native American minor is particularly well suited for those seeking careers in heritage management or government.

Course Requirements for the Native American Studies Minor

Historical Core (3 units)

Complete the following course: ANTH 164

Cultural Core (6 units)

Complete two of the following courses:

  • AMS 159
  • ANTH 162
  • ANTH 175
  • ANTH 176

Additional Courses (9 units)

Complete three of the following courses:

  • ANTH 129
  • ANTH 146
  • ANTH 156
  • ANTH 165
  • ARTH 182A
  • COMM 174
  • HIST 181
  • HIST 189A
  • CCS 105
  • WOMS 020
  • SOCI 162

Total Units:18 units

*Note: After consultation with an advisor, practicum courses Anth 195 may be used to fulfill minor requirements.

Native American Studies Minor, Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

LO1 Discuss human diversity in the Native American experience as viewed by anthropological, historical, and sociological perspectives.

LO2 Identify importance and value of the history of disciplinary approaches to American Indian experience, understand the impact of this knowledge in contemporary society, and have the ability to apply it to social issues.

LO3 Identify indigenous cultures from North America, Central America, and South America by culture areas or linguistic group.

LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of native cultures throughout the Americas citing archaeological, ethnographic, historical, linguistic, and genetic evidence.

LO5 Consider dynamics of shifts in environments and subsistence, social complexity, population movement, worldview, and issues of post-colonial contact.

LO6 Discuss sociopolitical issues of Native Americans in the early 21st century and modern struggles for heritage preservation and self-determination among indigenous societies in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.