The indigenous studies program at Pacific University offers students a cross-disciplinary exploration of indigenous cultures and the unique issues and opportunities they face today. The program focuses on the processes of colonization and decolonization, cultural transformation and nation-building.

Pacific University's history, location and population are well-suited for the program, with a large contingent of students coming from the Pacific Islands, and the University's campuses situated between large Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

Students who complete a minor in indigenous studies gain an understanding and respect for indigenous cultures in the Americas and around the world. They are prepared to promote social justice and equality and to work with people of indigenous cultures in a wide range of fields, form anthropology to social work, healthcare to education. The minor complements any undergraduate major in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Program Highlights

  • A cross-disciplinary program rooted in the liberal arts and featuring courses in anthropology, political science history, dance, music and more
  • Ties to local Native American communities and indigenous cultures in Hawai'i
  • A complement to any major, from social sciences and education to healthcare
  • The understanding to work well as a liaison with indigenous cultures through social services, healthcare, education or other career fields
  • Courses

    Students study history, identity and mythology, as well as a host of region-specific topics, such as Oregon natural history, conquest of the Americas, or racism and ethnicity in Hawai'i. Courses from anthropology, history, political science, sociology, fine arts, dance and music meld in the indigenous studies minor.

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