On behalf of the faculty and staff in Native American Studies (NAS) at Stanford, I welcome you to our program.
Most students who are attracted to the NAS program see their university experience as an opportunity to strengthen life circumstances for themselves, their families, and Native communities. Since NAS became a full-fledged academic program in 1997, we have offered an array of courses such as History (Native American and California), Federal Indian Law, Nation-Building (Economic Development), Native American Literature, Indigenous Creative Writing, Discourse of the Colonized, Psychology and American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health, Indian Education, Indigenous Archeology, Food Sovereignty, and Indigenous Peacemaking.
Overall, our program emphasizes scholarship and ethical engagement rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing. The NAS program thrives as a result of the contributions of many very dedicated scholars, activists and allies, allowing us to offer two-to-three NAS courses each quarter. We also invite scholars and tribal leaders to campus for special lectures and learning labs. These academic experiences are often interdisciplinary and community-based. Additionally, we highly encourage students to take at least one Indigenous language course (e.g., Navajo, Cherokee, Yupik) through the Stanford Special Languages Program.
Our students come from a profusion of differing backgrounds, and many have gone on to produce award-winning scholarship that centers Indigenous knowledge and advocates for Indigenous self-government. We hope you will join us in embracing Indigenous sovereignty, cultural sustainability, and social justice!
Native American Studies provides an intensive approach to understanding the historical and contemporary experiences of Native American people. Attention is paid not only to the special relationship between sovereign nations and the federal government, but to issues across national boundaries, including tribal nations within Canada, and North, Central, and South America.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Native American Studies, students must complete 60 units.
1 Introductory course
CSRE100: Intro to Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
1 Major Core Course
NATIVEAM100: Decolonizing Methodologies: Introduction to Native American Studies
1 Comparative Core course offering a foundation in race studies
CSRE101A: Indigeneity and Colonialism
CSRE101B: Institutions and Inequities
or CSRE101C: Resistance and Liberation
1 Methodology course in a discipline of your choosing
1 Community-Engaged Learning course or preapproved project
1 Capstone course
CSRE 200X - CSRE Senior Seminar
CSRE majors draw upon their interdisciplinary expertise and training in race studies to design and complete a public-facing research project or research paper.
or CSRE 201X, 201Y & 201Z - CSRE Honors Seminar
The Honors Thesis Seminar is a year-long research- and writing-intensive sequence designed to support students as they apply their skills, knowledge, and political commitments to the investigation of a focused research question.
At least 6 additional courses in Native American Studies (30 units minimum)
Up to 5 units of a Native language course listed in Special Languages may be applied toward the Native American Studies degree.
To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.