Welcome to the Native American Studies Program


I was hired in Fall 2008 as a tenured Native Studies faculty charged with developing and delivering curriculum to Native Studies and Native communities. Working with a curriculum committee and AIS advisory board, we have put forward several new courses which now make up the American Indian Studies Minor. In addition, I have worked with faculty from across the campus to cross-list and develop courses that jointly fulfill the American Indian Studies minor as well as requirements for numerous other disciplines across campus. 

I am proposing to change the Native Studies minor to American Indian Studies (AIS). AIS better reflects the political status of tribal nations and how they determine for themselves their own identity. Additionally, the minor was in need of restructing since several of the core courses previously offered to fulfill the minor are no longer offered due to the retirement of the faculty member who previously taught those courses. More information...

Native American Studies Department Office:
Social and Behavorial Science Building 1118

Joely Proudfit, PhD
P: (760) 750-4619
E: jproudfi@csusm.edu



Joely Proudfit, PhD, Native Studies Director in CICSC Lobby

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