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Lower Division Courses

R1A.  Native American Studies Reading and Composition. (4)   Prerequisites: Satisfaction of UC Entry Level Writing Requirement. This course introduces students to the genres of Native American literature (written and oral traditions), provides historical and cultural frameworks for understanding, appreciating, and interpreting Native American writings, and develops basic skills in expository and creative writing. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement. (F,SP) Staff

R1B.  Native American Studies Reading and Composition. (4)   Prerequisites: 1A. Course examines Native American written and oral traditions in historical and cultural contexts. Emphasis on literary interpretation and creative and analytical writing, so that students increasingly write from positions of strength. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement. (F,SP)

20A.  Introduction to Native American Studies. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial per week. This course explores the interactions, from friendship treaties and land deals to contemporary American governmental policies, between America's original inhabitants with Europeans and Euro-Americans. Emphasis will be placed on how tribal peoples continue to react to the national myths and policies created by Europeans and Euro-Americans. (F) Staff

20B.  Introduction to Native American Studies II: Cultural Practice, Art, and Identity. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. This course explores Native American identify practices in written and oral traditions in literature, art, dance, theatre, ceremony, and song. The place of these traditions in the contemporary day will be emphasized as creative struggles for maintaining and elaborating on Indian identity in the context of colonialism. (SP) Staff

39.  Freshman/Sophomore Seminar.   Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. Seminar format. Sections 1-2 to be graded on a letter-grade basis. Sections 3-4 to be graded on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Priority given to freshmen and sophomores. Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

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71.  Native Americans in North America to 1900. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Formerly 71A and 71B. An ethnohistorical analysis of America's original inhabitants and their interactions with Europeans and Euro-Americans emphasizing an Indian perspective. (F) Staff

72.  Native Americans in North America 1900-Present. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Formerly 50 and 71B. A survey and analysis of issues affecting Native Americans in the 20th and 21st centuries. Course will explore political, economic, and social/cultural developments as they shape federal-Indian relations and tribal sovereignty. (SP) Staff

C73AC.  Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. This course examines the history of indigenous, aboriginal, native, or "tribal" peoples over the last five centuries. Particular attention is paid to how these groups were brought into relations with an expanding Europe, capitalist development, and modern nation-states. How have these peoples survived, what are the contemporary challenges they face, and what resources and allies have they drawn on in the present? Also listed as Ethnic Studies C73AC. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement. (SP) Biolsi

90.  Freshman Seminar--Myth, Memory and History. (4)   Three hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Limited to Freshmen. The course will introduce students to different ways of understanding the history of American Indians and to basic resources and research methods for studying the history of Indian tribes. (F,SP) Staff

97.  Field Work in Native American Communities. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit as project varies. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and lower division standing. Individual conferences to be arranged. Supervised experiences relevant to specific aspects of the Native American community in off-campus settings. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required. (F,SP) Staff

98.  Supervised Group Study and Research. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. Hours to be arranged. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Limited to freshmen and sophomores. Supervised research by lower division students. (F,SP) Staff

99.  Supervised Independent Study and Research. (1-4)   Course may be repeated for credit as project varies. Three hours of work per week per unit. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Lower division standing and consent of instructor. Individual conferences to be arranged. The individual student, with consent and guidance of an instructor, researches an interest not covered in the courses offered in the Program. (F,SP) Staff

Upper Division Courses

100.  Native American Law. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 71, 72, or consent of instructor. Historical background of the unique relationship between the United States government and Native American tribes, and examination of contemporary legislation, court cases, and federal, state, and local policies affecting Native American social, political, legal, and economic situations. (F) Staff

101.  Native American Tribal Governments. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 71, 72, or consent of instructor. Formerly 103. The roles of tribal governments in the formation of internal and external policies affecting the lives of Native American people, the basis for their political power historically and in contemporary society, and their structure and functions. (F,SP) Staff

102.  Critical Native American Legal and Policy Studies. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 100, 101, or consent of instructor. Key contemporary issues in the critical study of tribal and federal policy pertaining to American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. Topics include political and cultural sovereignty; religious, gendered, sexual, racial, and other tribal minorities, and civil rights within tribes; Native legal identity and tribal enrollment; the role of violence against women in the history of colonialism, and the struggle for justice and healing; and the movement for traditional or other culturally appropriate forms for tribal self-governance. (F,SP) Biolsi

104.  Native American Economic Development. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 72 or consent of instructor. Analysis of impact of U.S. economic policies on tribal lands and resources. Examination of the effect of federal legislation, Bureau of Indian Affairs regulations, and corporate interests on tribal economic life. Consideration of alternative strategies of development.

110.  Theories and Methods in Native American Studies. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 71 or consent of instructor. Overview of literary theory and criticism, historiography, and social sciences theories and methods useful in the study of Native American literature, history and contemporary tribal groups. Course will develop skills of information gathering and development of theories that structure information. (SP) Staff

120.  Topics in Native American Arts. (4)   Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. This course explores the practice of Native American art forms from the perspective of Native American Artists and scholars. Focused on specific art forms such as dance, music, film, crafts, and other traditions, this course provides a critique of conventional understandings of the relationships of Native American cultural traditions and their place in the world of "art." (F,SP) Staff

120AC.  Photography and the American Indian: Manifest Destiny, American Frontier, and Images of American Indians. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. This course explores the development of photography, historical photographs of Indigenous peoples, Black Indians, and the push to win the American West. Central to the course are research methods that deconstruct stereotypical representations of Native Americans, African Americans (who either married into Native nations, were owned by Native peoples, or who joined the military to fight Native peoples), and the theories and methods that influenced photography. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement. (F,SP) Pearson

145.  Making History/Making "Indians". (4)   Three hours of seminar per week. This course explores the ways in which an invented, generic "Indian" has played a variety of roles in master narratives of United States history. We shall examine changes in images of key figures and events constituting "our" collective historical memory. (F,SP) Staff

149.  Gender in Native American Society. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. This course examines gender roles from the period before the invasion to the present. An emphasis will be placed on the ways in which contact with European gender practices transformed those prevalent in Native North American before the conquest. (F,SP) Staff

150.  Native American Narratives. (4)   Three hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and completion of 1A-1B. This workshop provides intensive study of the crafts of writing in relation to various Native American genres as well as writing and discussion of student work. (F,SP) Staff

151.  Native American Philosophy. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 71 or consent of instructor. A study of the philosophical and metaphysical aspects of Native American world views, with emphasis on systems of knowledge, explanations of natural phenomena, and relations of human beings to nature through ritual and ceremonial observances. (SP) Staff

C152.  Native American Literature. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Native American Studies 151 is recommended but not required. An analysis of the written and oral tradition developed by Native Americans. Emphasis will be placed on a multifaceted approach (aesthetic, linguistic, psychological, historical, and cultural) in examining American Indian literature. Also listed as American Studies C152.

158.  Native Americans and the Cinema. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. This course will analyze the sociological, psychological, and literary aspects of Hollywood moviemakers' stereotyping of the American Indian through the history of film. The format will include representative Indian films, lectures, and guest speakers from the movie industry. (F,SP) Staff

175.  History of Native Americans in California. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. History of the Native Americans of California with emphasis on the lifeways, mores, warfare, and relations with the United States government. Attention will be given to the background and evolution of acculturation up to the present. (SP) Staff

176.  History of Native Americans in the Southwest. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. An historical analysis of the Native American Nations of the southwestern United States. (F,SP) Staff

178.  Topics in Native American History. (4)   Course may be repeated for credit. Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. This course explores the history of Native Americans from the point of view of Native American historians and scholars. Focused on specific periods and regional case studies the course provides a rereading of much United States history as it has been conceived, set into periods, written, and taught. The chronological scope of the course begins before the European invasions and continues to the end of the 20th century. (F,SP) Staff

178AC.  Africans in Indian Country. (4)   Three hours of seminar per week. This seminar will explore the intersections of Native American and African American histories and communities in the context of the United States which was formerly "Indian Country." We will read historical texts, first-person accounts, fiction, and primary documents primarily from the perspective of Native American, African American, and Black-Indian scholars and writers. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement. (F,SP) Staff

190.  Seminar on Advanced Topics in Native American Studies. (1-4)   Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. One to four hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Advanced seminar in Native American Studies with topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

195.  Senior Thesis. (4)   Independent study. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Writing of a thesis under the direction of member(s) of the faculty. (F,SP) Staff

H195.  Native American Studies Honors Course. (4)   Course may be repeated for credit. Hours to be arranged. Prerequisites: Student must have junior standing; a 3.5 GPA overall; a 3.5 GPA in major; and have been admitted to the honors program by the faculty adviser. The course will entail directed study and completion of an honors research project under the direction of a faculty committee. The project should have originated from a regularly scheduled course in the department. (F,SP)

H195A-H195B.  Senior Honors Thesis for Native American Studies Majors. (3;3)   Seminar and individual meetings with faculty adviser. Credit and grade to be awarded on completion of sequence. Prerequisites: Senior standing. Approval of Faculty Advisor, 3.5 GPA on all University work, and a 3.5 GPA in courses in the major. Course for senior Native American Studies majors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Native American Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program. (F,SP) Staff

197.  Field Work in the Native American Community. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit as project varies. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and upper division standing preferred. Individual conferences to be arranged. Supervised experiences relevant to specific aspects of the Native American community in off-campus settings. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required. (F,SP)

198.  Supervised Group Study. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit as project varies. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and upper division standing preferred. Individual conferences to be arranged. Group discussion, research, and reporting on topics by students. (F,SP)

199.  Supervised Independent Study and Research. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit as project varies. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor. Individual conferences to be arranged. The individual student, with consent and guidance of an instructor, researches an interest not covered in the courses offered in the Program. (F,SP)

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