Native American Studies

Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Native American Studies

The study of Native American cultures and history involves a broad range of interdisciplinary research into areas including American history, indigenous cultural studies, art history, agriculture, public health, anthropology, human rights, and legal studies.

Whether addressing the ways U.S. housing and education policy affects contemporary Native American communities, tackling issues of medical anthropology in pre-colonial times, or analyzing the economic function of Native American art, Native American Studies can serve as the focus of a student's concentration or be incorporated into a broader concentration in any number of fields.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course

The New Class of Racism

The purpose of this course is to critically analyze and discuss the historical, political, and social origins of empire and its impact on the racial formation of particular American communities: Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We will interrogate the history and politics of ethnicity, race, and gender, while learning about domestic work, red-lining, one-drop laws, immigration (legal and illegal), affirmative action, welfare, low-wage work, and miscegenation. We aim to highlight the various ways in which racializing and class-distinctions develop and operate within particular historical periods and communities.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • American Ethnics: Texts & Contexts
  • The American West
  • Colonialism & the Visual Arts
  • Critical Race Theory: The Color of Law, Politics & Gender
  • A Cross-Cultural Journey in the Southwest
  • Endangered Language
  • Equal Protection of the Laws
  • Gender, Race & Class
  • History of Federal Indian Policy
  • Imagining Each Other: Blacks, Indians & Jews in America
  • Introduction to Native American Studies
  • Myths of America
  • The New Class of Racism
  • One Nation, Indivisible: Federal Indian Law, Tribal Sovereignty & Individual Rights
  • Southern U.S. Literature & History: Multiple Narratives of the Other Souths
  • Southwest Field Seminar: Investigating Violence
  • The Strange Career of Race in the U.S.
  • This Land is Your Land: Land & Property in America

Through the Consortium

  • Anthropology of Museums (SC)
  • Indian Peoples of North America (UMass)
  • Indigenous Peoples of North America (MHC)
  • The Legalization of American Indians (UMass)
  • Native American Indian Pictorial Literature (UMass)
  • Native American Indians, 1500-Present (SC)
  • Western American History (AC)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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Hampshire College

West Street
01002 Amherst Massachusetts
United States of America

Phone no: +1413-559-5471

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