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.
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.Boxer Tales are a collection of stories highlighting the individuals that create our Pacific University community. Experience Boxer life through the voices of students, faculty, alumni, staff and supporters. Check out Charlotte Basch's story and journey at Pacific.