Native American Studies (BA)

Humboldt State University

Date Posted: April 12, 2018
Submitted by: Jade Chalkley
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


The Native American Studies major program has three goals. One is to help students realize the objectives of an undergraduate major as defined at Humboldt State, “to attain an understanding of and disposition toward a disciplined examination of human experience…. ” Toward this end, the curriculum helps students develop a critical perspective as well as cultural breadth through the study of Native American perspectives and world views. Most courses are taught from a Native American perspective, while the transdisciplinary approaches enable students to (1) acquire the concepts and methods of social science disciplines; (2) gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the disciplines themselves; and (3) acquire an understanding of a cultural heritage different from that of the dominant culture of the United States and thus a critical perspective on that culture.