Native American Policy and Administration

Sample courses for a Native American Policy focus

Please note:
These are an example of the courses that would fulfill this complimentary policy requirement.
We cannot guarantee when or if these courses will be offered.

Native American Studies       

*480. Building Native Nations: Community Revitalization, Culture, Decolonization, and Indigenous Thought. (3)
This course critically engages Indigenous community revitalization dynamics and its relationship to culture, Indigenous thought, and decolonization. Principals relating to political sovereignty, cultural self-determination, economic viability, social and economic justice, and strategic planning underlie the notion of Nation Building for Native people.        

502. Education, Power and Indigenous Communities. (3)      
How economic, political and social power influences the education of indigenous youth is the emphasis of the course. Topics include who defines the concept of an “educated person” and in what contexts.               

522. Indigenous Community Approaches in Restorative Justice. (3)
Explores the existence of Indigenous frameworks of restorative justice. The impact of Western structures and EuroAmerican colonization is critiqued. The course centers upon the importance of Indigenous restorative justice in community building for self-determination.        
524. Principles of Leadership in Indigenous Contexts. (3)       
Will gain a critical understanding of theoretical concepts and frameworks of leadership from a Western and Indigenous perspective. Examine both historical and contemporary tribal leadership (including global) and address issues impacting their communities.        

550. Indigenous Nations and Sustainable Communities Seminar. (3)
Will examine how Indigenous peoples have come to their current reality and how they may move forward in adapting, revitalizing, and sustaining Indigenous community and the present and into the future.     

555. Native American Policy and Community Building. (3)
Critically engages Native policy and community building dynamics. Principles relating to political sovereignty, cultural self-determination, economic sustainability, social and economic justice, and strategic planning underlie the notion of Native policy development and community building.         


American Studies      

552. Colonialism and Decolonization. (3)
This graduate seminar is an interdisciplinary and comparative examination of the histories, practices, and consequences of modern colonialism and the variety of indigenous and anticolonial responses to these conditions.      
556. Topics in Native American Studies. (3, may be repeated once Δ)           
Seminar offering topical survey of theoretical approaches, research methodologies and subject areas within the interdisciplinary field of Native American Studies. (RCE)        


Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies        

551. History of American Indian Education. (3)
The course examines the history of Indian Education from 1890 to the present for Indians of the Southwest. The course examines national studies, recorded government documents, scholarly writings, and oral history.    
560. Language and Education in Southwest Native American Communities. (3)       
This course explores the historical context of education and its impact on Native American communities of the Southwest. Topics include native language acquisition, bilingualism, language shift, and language revitalization efforts in native communities and schools.        

Law 593: Pueblo Indian Law  
Community Regional Planning         

534. Foundations of Indigenous Planning. (3)
Examines the relationship of indigenous planning to other planning approaches such as advocacy, equity, and radical planning; considers aspects of “indegeneity” such as sovereignty, land tenure, and culture, and their application to community planning.   

539. Indigenous Space, Place and Mapping. (3)
Theories and methods related to Indigenous people, spaces, and the places they inhabit, urban to the rural, local to global, past to present. Examines epistemologies about space divergent from norms.        

540. Pueblo Design and Planning. (3)
Examines design and community development concepts in the context of the Pueblos of New Mexico. Provides an overview of history, culture, and projects based on Pueblo core values and processes.   

551. Navajo Design and Planning. (3)
Examines design and community development concepts in the context of the Navajo Nation; gives an overview of Navajo history, culture, and projects based on Navajo core values and worldview.       

542. Indigenous Environmental Planning (3)


592. Managing Cultural Resources. (3)
Examines the history and philosophy of statutes, regulations, consultation processes, research directions and funding sources underlying management of archaeological sites, traditional cultural properties, historic buildings, cultural and historical landscapes, and museum collections. (A)