Indigenous Studies

The indigenous studies minor offers students an interdisciplinary 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’s history, location and population are well-suited for the program, and students who complete the minor gain an understanding and respect for indigenous cultures that they carry into social sciences, healthcare and education careers.

Program Highlights

  • Enjoy an interdisciplinary program rooted in the liberal arts, featuring courses in anthropology, political science, history, dance, music and more
  • Benefit from Pacific’s ties to local Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the rich culture of Hawai’i
  • Complement to any major, from social sciences and education to healthcare
  • Gain the understanding to work well as a liaison with indigenous cultures through social sciences, healthcare, education and 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.

Preparation

Students who complete the indigenous studies minor foster an understanding of and respect for indigenous cultures in the Americas and around the world. They are better prepared to work to resolve current issues in indigenous nations and to promote social justice and equality. Students gain a perspective to deepen their success in fields of anthropology, social work, politics and the law, health services, teaching and environmental studies.

Associate Dean & Director, School of Social Sciences
Associate Professor; Anthropology-Sociology Department Chair