Courses

NTAS 101 Intro Native American Studies
3.00 credits
This course will explore the histories and cultures of Indigenous groups in North America. While the course will primarily focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, we will also explore Native experiences in early America, and will contextualize later events with those interactions. We will examine Native responses to white settlement, diverse Native reservation experiences, and Native engagement with assimilationist policies like boarding schools and relocation to urban areas. We will also consider the modern era, including outcomes of the self-determination movement for more Native control over tribal governance and economic development. We will engage with literature, film, autobiography, and museum studies to explore these topics, while assessing them from a Native American Studies foundation. Fall.
NTAS 193 FYS:
3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
NTAS 199 Indigenous Science
2.00- 3.00 credits
Biology is the modern scientific study of life and the natural living world. This area of science has provided us with impressive advancements in our understanding of the natural world and human health. However, there exists an enormous amount of traditional indigenous knowledge about the natural world as well. This traditional knowledge is often complementary and convergent with modern science. However, there are significant differences in the ways that these different disciplines look at the world, and differences in what these perspectives can tell us. Spring, odd years.
Concurrent:
BIOL 199L
NTAS 210 Indians of Columbia Plateau
3.00 credits
This course will explore Native American groups on the Columbia Plateau, including their traditional lifestyles, traditional and colonial religions, the Salish language, and responses to settlement and government policies. We will also examine the traditions of cooperation and collaboration among these groups. We must understand the geography of the Plateau, in order to fully contextualize the importance of homeland and traditional practices, so this course represents place-based study of Native American history. Spring.
NTAS 211 Intro Native American History
3.00 credits
Hundreds of Indigenous groups made their home in North America for centuries before European colonial expansion reached these shores. Native communities might describe this occupancy as ‘since time immemorial.’ This class will begin with an exploration of those earlier eras and will acknowledge that each Native community was/is distinct from other communities. Thus, while we can observe commonalities in Native experiences and histories, we will also conclude that there is no ‘single’ Native perspective. To develop this conclusion, we will assess processes of change over time across what we now know as the United States. This course will consider social and cultural approaches to preserving and passing down Native American histories as well as U.S. history interpretations of Native Americans’ societies, cultures, economies, and spiritualties. “Texts” in this course will include history books, literature, images, and film, and we will create and respond to research questions using primary and secondary sources.
NTAS 310 Native American Activism
3.00 credits
Federal Indian policies and assertions of tribal sovereignty will provide context for discussions of Native American activism. We will discuss regional and national pan-Indian organizations, and we will also recognize the value of community-based activism. Local movements can include language preservation, restoration of traditional foods, community-designed and operated tribal museums and political engagement at all levels of government. Spring, every four years beginning 2014.
NTAS 311 Native American Govt & Politic
3.00 credits
This course will see Native American government and politics in a milieu of intergovernmental relations, of community to community connections, or the lack of such relationships. Taking social justice as importantly about relationships, and doing so in respect of governing, I want this course to study how (or how not) federal, state, and municipal governments interact with Native American governments. Spring, even years.
NTAS 320 Native American Art & Perform
3.00 credits
This course will explore Native American modern art and the historical cultural and artistic practices which informs it. We will also explore Museum Studies as a profession of power and cultural continuity for Native American tribes, and we will review scholarship on Native American museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian. Finally, we will consider performance, in numerous contexts. How does ritual reflect both spirituality and performance? Spring, every four years beginning 2015.
NTAS 321 American Indian Literatures
3.00 credits
This course is designed to introduce students to several important texts in the multifaceted genre of American Indian literature as well as to invite students into a critical discussion of contemporary issues centering on the relationship between American Indian literatures and contemporary sociopolitical and -cultural realities and issues. We will examine the role of American Indian literature in the continual process of cultural maintenance as well as identity (re)construction. Through close reading of texts by writers from various tribes and regions, students will explore the heterogeneity of Native America and the complexities of all attempts to define or shape indigenous nationhood in the United States. We will contextualize these texts in discussions of social justice issues particular to Native America, including but not limited to the five definitions of genocide; geographical and cultural displacements; and "third world" living conditions. We will also be engaged in dialogues about local and national American Indian cultures in cooperation with the American Indian Studies house on campus. Spring, odd years.
Equivalent:
ENGL 418 - OK if taken since Fall 2014
NTAS 322 Native American Religions
3.00 credits
Traditional Native cultures and contributions along with the cultural stereotypes that distort their reality. Includes the role of Christian missions in forming contemporary Native realities and studies the revitalization movements among North American tribes.
Equivalent:
RELI 356 - OK if taken since Spring 2016
NTAS 330 Native Americans & Sports
3.00 credits
This course will explore the tradition of sport in Native American cultures, and will examine how Native American athletes have participated in American sports, including football, baseball, basketball, and track. Through literature and documentary films, we will understand the historical context of this participation and also begin to explore social impacts within and outside Native communities. We will also explore the Native American mascot discourses. We will conclude with a very contemporary look at how the Nike N7 program is bringing sport to Native American communities in an effort to improve health through sport, which is leading to a new kind of activism. Course activities will include a visit to Gonzaga's Jesuit Oregon Province Archives to search for primary source materials related to sporting events at Gonzaga during the 1925 Northwest Indian Congress, held in Spokane. Events included numerous track races and culminated with a football game, Haskell Indian Nations University at Gonzaga. Spring, every four years beginning 2016.
NTAS 340 Global Indigeneity
3.00 credits
This course is designed to explore the pre-colonial indigenous populations of North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand, and to compare the experiences of these groups as they encountered settlers and persisted throughout colonization processes. Spring, every four years beginning 2017.
NTAS 341 Colonial Latin America
3.00 credits
A survey of colonial Latin America that examines the contact, conflict, and accommodation among Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans that shaped colonial Latin America.
Equivalent:
HIST 380 - OK if taken since Fall 2017
INST 372 - OK if taken since Fall 2017
NTAS 359 America: Invasion to Rebellion
3.00 credits
This course will examine the process of colonization on the North American continent. Issues which will be considered include: the world views of the people who eventually lived together in North America, the retentions, borrowings and changes in cultures during colonization, the varied Native American responses to the diverse incoming Europeans and Africans the increasing commitment to racial slavery and the enslaveds’ responses to this, the wide array of assumptions European empires held toward this continent and colonization, and the relationship between the colonies and the empire.
NTAS 390 Native American Studies Topics
.00- 4.00 credits
Topics to be determined by instructor.
NTAS 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
NTAS 497 Exper Learning: Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
Professional work experience in a field related to Native American Studies.
Prerequisite:
NTAS 101 Minimum Grade: D
NTAS 498 Experiential Learning:Research
3.00 credits
The Native American Studies minor at Gonzaga University requires completion of an experiential learning project. The project may either be an internship or a research paper. Must have permission of the NTAS Program Director. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite:
NTAS 101 Minimum Grade: C

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