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Native American Studies

Mission

The Native American major and minor programs provide an interdisciplinary introduction to the indigenous cultures of the Americas. The programs rigorously examine the historical, social, economic, and cultural aspects of sovereignty and self-determination that have become an integral part of the transformation of American society in recent years. They center indigenous knowledge productions as the basis for our intellectual endeavors. Native American Studies is an excellent preparation for careers in tribal administration, human services, museum curatorship, library science, teaching, journalism, scholarship, law, health and inter-ethnic relations.

The Native American faculty component consists of Assistant Professors Robert Perez and Victoria Bomberry. Robert Perez specializes in 19th Century United States, History of the American West and Spanish Borderlands, Colonial Latin America, Native American History, and Race and Identity Construction in Colonial America. Bomberry specializes in Literature and Anthropology.

Faculty

  • Victoria Bomberry
  • Robert Perez

Major Requirements

  1. Lower-Division Requirements (12 units):
    1. Ethnic Studies 001: Introduction to the Study of Race & Ethnicity

    2. Ethnic Studies 007: Introduction to Native American Studies

    3. One course chosen from:

      Ethnic Studies 002: Introduction to Chicano Studies
      Ethnic Studies 003: Introduction to African American Studies
      Ethnic Studies 005: Introduction to Asian American Studies

  2. Upper-Division Requirements (40 units):
    1. Ethnic Studies 101A: Historical Development of Race, Racism, and White Supremacy
      OR
      Ethnic Studies 101B: Theories of Race and Resistance

    2. Ethnic Studies 100: Race and Ethnicity in a Comparative Perspective
      OR
      Ethnic Studies 131: Race, Class, and Gender

    3. Ethnic Studies 157: Native American Diaspora
      Ethnic Studies 158: Roots of American Indian Tradition
      Ethnic Studies 191R: Research Methodology

    4. Sixteen (16) additional upper-division units in Ethnic Studies chosen from courses focusing on the Native American experience.

    5. A minimum of one Ethnic Studies course chosen from one of the following four areas of emphasis (4 units):
      1. African American Studies
      2. Asian American Studies
      3. Chicano Studies
      4. Comparative Issues

Note: No internship courses may be counted toward the upper-division electives in Ethnic Studies.

Minor Requirements

  1. Lower-Division Requirement (4 units):
    1. Ethnic Studies 007: Introduction to Native American Studies


  2. Upper-Division Requirements (20 units):
    1. Twenty (20) additional upper-division units in Ethnic Studies chosen from courses focusing on Native Americans.

Note: See Minors under the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in the Undergraduate Studies section of the 2005-2006 Catalog for additional information on minors.