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Native American Studies

Understanding that there is no single “Native American” perspective, this program explores Native American histories and cultures through varied Native community experiences and points of view. This multi-disciplinary curriculum, which is open to all undergraduate students, is aimed to lead you to:

  • An informed comprehension of Native American histories and distinct Native American colonial experiences;
  • Insightful consideration of varied Native American social, cultural, and political perspectives, including contemporary community priorities;
  • Scholarly appreciation for Native American arts and literature as tools for cultural interpretation; and
  • A deeper understanding of ancestral and contemporary Native American communities on the Columbia Plateau and Gonzaga’s intellectual and spiritual connection to this homeland.

Join us for the next College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Research & Creative Activity Forum

Laurie Arnold Deans Forum

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Wolff Auditorium, Jepson Center

This summer, Dr. Laurie Arnold collaborated with a collegue at Whitman College to co-direct an NEH summer institute for two- and four-year college and university faculty. ‘The Native American West: A Case Study of the Columbia Plateau’ focused on development of new course materials that integrate interpretation about the Indigenous Columbia Plateau. This Dean’s Forum will discuss how regional partnerships, collaborations, and public-facing engagement have fostered growth of the Native American Studies program and provided access to national platforms and institutions.

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