The Native American Studies certificate enables a student to explore different aspects of the Native American experience. The curriculum includes a very comprehensive study of Native American lifestyles, literature, Native American art, their prehistory and the consequences of contact with Old World populations. Students are required to do course work in each of these areas.
The ethnographic courses expose students to the daily lives of Native Americans from the period of contact with Europeans through the present day. Understanding present-day Native Americans is impossible without a thorough understanding of their history of contact with Old World peoples, and the history courses listed provide this understanding. Native Americans have a long history of their own in the Americas, and we study this past through archaeology.
The prehistory section includes archaeology courses that investigate this past. Native Americans possess a rich heritage of fine arts, including folklore, music, dance, sculpture, tailoring, and painting. Courses in Native American art and literature provide students with a humanistic view of Native American creativity. All courses are cross-listed with their own departments and the anthropology program is designed as the home of the certificate program.