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Founded in 1769 with a mission to educate Indian students, Dartmouth College recommitted itself to that mission in 1970 and established the Native American Studies Program in 1972, an academic program open to all Dartmouth students. Native American Studies strives to develop interdisciplinary teaching and research and increase understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indian peoples in the United States and Canada. Our courses explore Native American ways of living, understanding the world, and organizing their societies; they also examine the impact of invasion and colonization on Indian America, and the intersection of Indian and European histories and systems of knowledge.
Students pursue their own interests and develop an individual program, but they also take certain required courses, to ensure that they acquire a common body of substantive knowledge, gain exposure to crucial ways of critical thinking, and explore several essential approaches to Native American Studies.
In order to qualify for a major in Native American Studies, a student must take ten courses, to be selected as follows:
One Prerequisite: NAS 8 (Perspectives in Native American Studies)
One Class in Literature and Languages: Indians in American Literature; Indian Killers: Murder and Mystery in Native American Literature and Film; Native American Oral Traditional Literatures; Native American Literature; Native American Literature and the Law or Contemporary Native American Poetry.
One Class in History and Culture: Peoples and Cultures of Native North America; The Invasion of America: American Indian History Pre-Contact to 1800; American Indians and American Expansion: 1800 to 1924; 20th Century Native American History; Native Peoples in a Changing Global Environment; Encountering Forests; Gender Topics in Native American Life or Native Crude: Indigenous Oil Politics & Activism.
One Class in Governance and Sovereignty: Indian Country Today; Indigenous Nationalism: Native Rights and Sovereignty or Federal Indian Law.
A Culminating Experience course: NAS 81 (American Indian Intellectuals or Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Native American History Through Treaties).
Five Electives: Peoples and Cultures of Native North America; Ancient Native Americans; The Invasion of America: American Indian History Pre-Contact to 1800; American Indians and American Expansion: 1800 to 1924; 20th Century Native American History; Native Peoples in a Changing Global Environment; Encountering Forests; Native American Lives; Indian Country Today; Indians and Europeans in the Early Modern Southeast (1540-1763); Indians in American Literature; Indian Killers: Murder and Mystery in Native American Literature and Film; Native American Oral Traditional Literatures; Native American Literature; Indigenous Nationalism: Native Rights and Sovereignty; Alaska: American Dreams and Native Realities; American Odysseys: Lewis and Clark, American Indians, and the New Nation; Language Revitalization; Native American Literature and the Law; Gender Topics in Native American Life; Native Crude: Indigenous Oil Politics & Activism; NAS 46 Studying Native America; Contemporary Native American Poetry; Indians and European Political Thought: 1492-1832; The Land of the Totem Poles: Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast; Federal Indian Law; Advanced Seminars in Native American Studies; 80.01 Bear Clan Texts;
NAS 85 (Independent Study in Native American Studies) (permission required)
NAS 86 (Independent Research in Native American Studies) (permission required)
NAS 87 (Native American Studies Honors) (see Honors Program)
All required courses and most electives are usually offered on an annual basis. However, students should consult the Program for current course offerings and special course offerings for each term.
In order to qualify for a minor in Native American Studies, a student must successfully complete six courses in the Program, as follows
One Prerequisite: Native American Studies 8: Perspectives in Native American Studies.
Four Elective Courses
A Culminating Experience course: Native American Studies 81 (American Indian Intellectuals; Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Native American History Through Treaties)
1. SAT Reasoning or ACT (with Writing);
2. 2 SAT Subject Test Scores;
3. The common application essay;
4. Within the Common Application, Dartmouth’s writing supplement requires that applicants write a brief response to one of the following supplemental essay prompts. Candidates choose one topic and respond;
5. A counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations. In addition, a peer recommendation is strongly encouraged;
7. Brief abstract of an independent research project;
8. IELTS or TOEFL (no minimum scores).
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