University of Massachusetts Boston Native American and Indigenous Studies

Native American and Indigenous Studies

Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) is a rapidly expanding, multidisciplinary academic field. Currently an undergraduate minor, the NAIS program provides students with a background in the academic theories and practical applications of the subject. With a focus on issues that affect indigenous communities and nations in the United States and around the world, this field of study draws from a number of disciplines and programs, including American Studies; Anthropology; Asian Studies; English; Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences; Hispanic Studies; History; Political Science; and Women’s Studies. The NAIS program also coordinates a number of resources and exciting opportunities for students to learn more about local, national, and international issues of concern to indigenous communities. These include guest lectures, film screenings, and other events.

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Bob Chen speaks with his colleagues as three sensor buoys are readied for the spring.

Bob Chen

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences; BA Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University; PhD Marine Chemistry, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego

“They call me an urban oceanographer because I study the ocean water right off Morrissey Boulevard.”

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