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Native American Studies

Faculty Director's Welcome

 

Professor Teresa LaFromboise
Teresa D. LaFromboise, Director of Native American Studies

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!

Teresa D. LaFromboise

Director of Native American Studies
Professor, Developmental and Psychological Studies

Graduate School of Education

Nena Naat'áanii Dorame

Native American Studies Liaison

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Tahayla Quġluq Baker, a senior Native American Studies/Psychology double major and coterminal Sociology student at Stanford, centers her Iñupiaq culture in her academic pursuits.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

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.

Required courses:

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. 

Electives:

  • 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.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

Minor Requirements

To minor in Native American Studies, students are required to complete 30 units:

  • CSRE100: Intro to Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity 
  • NATIVEAM100: Decolonizing Methodologies: Introduction to Native American Studies
  • At least 4 additional Native American Studies courses (20 units minimum)

 

To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

Affiliated Faculty

Graduate School of Education

Current Courses

Autumn 2023

Autumn Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

NATIVEAM 5A

Stone, P. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Tuesday
6:00 PM
7:20 PM

Stone, P. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Bill, J. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Anderson, J. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:20 PM

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Red Shirt, D. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Winter 2024

Winter Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Friday
12:30 PM
3:20 PM

Red Shirt, D. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

HolyWhiteMountain, S. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Spring 2024

Spring Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Friday
12:30 PM
3:20 PM

Shelton, B. (PI)
Smith, C. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Wednesday
6:00 PM
7:20 PM

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Tuesday
6:00 PM
8:50 PM

Red Shirt, D. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Briones, V. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM

RED-HORSE MOHL, V. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Summer 2024

Summer Courses

No courses offered this quarter.