CES 120 Introduction to Native American Studies • 5 Cr.


Provides an historical and contemporary perspective on the social, political, and cultural issues of the Indigenous Peoples of North America. Students explore Indigenous literature, and the representation of Native peoples in film and television, among other areas. Recommended: ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 120.

Description starting Summer 2019

Examine Native American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Native American peoples through studying Indigenous literature, representation of Native peoples in film, as well as Native American perspectives, experiences, and resistance. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary issues facing Native American peoples.
  • Identify biases, stereotypes, and discrimination toward Native Americans in the past and present and explore how this contributes to systemic racism.
  • Critically analyze Native American experiences and identity formation and how those differ from colonizing and immigrant peoples.
  • Investigate the global concept of indigeneity and its political importance to identity.
  • Reflect on how knowledge of Native American issues applies to one's own life and how different communities are racialized in relation to one another.