Welcome to the Department of Cultural Studies

The Department of Cultural Studies focuses on dissemination of knowledge about Native American culture, and is a national leader in teaching, research, and publications.

Since its creation in 1995, the Department of Cultural Studies has worked to enhance understanding of the Native American experience, as well as the broader Indian experience. We teach the histories, cultures, religions, and literatures of Native America, as well as the contemporary issues facing Indians Nations from economic and ecological issues to ethnic conflicts.


Our flagship course, Indian 101 is an area studies program focused on the cultural and intellectual life of the Native American. Its students analyze the Indian past and present from the perspectives of several disciplines, learn to synthesize their knowledge, and learn the habit of mind needed for cultural analysis. With a good base in cultural analysis, the non-Indian in particular, can discern what is and what is not true concerning Native cultures. They will also learn the dangers of cultural appropriation.  Ultimately, they will walk away with the ability to not act "someway" when entering Indian Country.

If you have registered, you may begin Indian 101. Click HERE to begin.