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Native American Studies Program

Franco Rossi Lecture
"Bookmaking, Science and Statecraft: The Archaeology of an Maya Institution at Xultun, Guatemala." November 5, 1:20 p.m. LEARN MORE
Food Preparation Demonstration
On November 12, Ron Patterson (Oneida) will demonstrate the preparation of a variety of foods while sharing their cultural significance. LEARN MORE
Academic Program
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Native American Studies Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our Native American studies faculty.
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Our topical major in Native American studies offers you the opportunity to undertake a comparative and historical study of the pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary cultures of North and Latin America.

Upcoming Lecture

Franco Rossi Lecture
"Bookmaking, Science and Statecraft: The Archaeology of a Maya Institution at Xultun, Guatemala"
Maya specialist Franco Rossi researched a mural at the Maya site of Xultun, Guatemala, especially the material evidence related to its unusual scientific inscriptions, which are strikingly similar to those found in the few known Maya codices. Using the archaeology of this mural and its surrounding architectural complex as a window into earlier book traditions, he investigates the agents who generated, managed and taught Maya sciences, incorporating such knowledge into the workings of society and state.

November 5, 2015; 1:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m., Ho Tung Visualization Lab

About Native American Studies

We offer you the opportunity to pursue either a major or a minor in Native American studies.

We draw on courses from a wide range of disciplines to cover the full range of subjects relevant to a complete study of Native American issues, including art, archaeology, culture, geography, Native American history, literature, religion, and the history of Euro-American contact with native populations in the New World.

A background in Native American studies will provide you with an excellent knowledge and skills foundation to pursue professional work after graduating, or to continue studying inter-American relations, Latin American studies, anthropology, archaeology, history, government services, art history, museum studies, religion, and more.

Department Contacts

Director: Carol Ann Lorenz
Office: 415 Alumni Hall
Phone: 315-228-7184
Administrative Assistant: Edie MacPherson
Office: 221 Alumni Hall
Phone: 315-228-7806

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in the Native American studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE

Also, hear what alumni say about their experiences in the Native American Studies Program.