The American Studies Program offers a correlate sequence in Native American Studies, a multi- and interdisciplinary field, in which students examine Indigenous cultures, politics, histories, and literatures, in a primarily North American context. Students electing the correlate sequence are trained in the methodology of Native American Studies as a means to critically assess western colonial discourses, examine the many ways Native peoples have contributed to and shaped North American culture, and analyze and honor the autonomy and sovereignty of Indigenous nations, peoples, and thought. Students pursuing a correlate in Native American Studies are required to complete a minimum of 6 units including Introduction to Native American Studies (AMST 105 ) and at least one 300-level course.
Each year, the American Studies Program will provide an updated list of approved courses for the Native American Studies correlate sequence. From this course list, students define an appropriate course of study, which must be approved by the American Studies Program Director and a Correlate Sequence advisor prior to declaration. Additional courses may be approved for the Correlate Sequence upon petition to the Program Director. Students are encouraged, but not required, to complete one unit of work outside of the Vassar classroom (fieldwork, summer program, study away). A maximum of two units of ungraded work may be counted toward the Correlate Sequence.