Ethnic Studies and the Historical Experiences of Native Americans

Course Description

This ethnic studies course covers Native American history from an indigenous perspective, from pre-Columbian contact to the present. Students will examine Native American societies with attention to the impact of contact upon indigenous cultures and societies in the United States, analyzing settler colonialism and structural discrimination, including an examination of Native responses to contact and colonization. Students will analyze Native American continuity and change in cultures as a result of historical and contemporary social conditions and the continued relationship with the federal government. Emphasis is placed upon the struggles for legal, political, cultural, and religious sovereignty.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
13483 NAIS 12 60Z ······· TBA-TBA Meghan Kensler ONLINE

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2024-07-01 to 2024-08-09.
NAIS D012.60Z: Fully ONLINE. This is an online class that does not have scheduled meetings. Students can log in anytime to do the required weekly course work. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

4 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 0
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading

General Course Statement

General Statement
See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.

Requisite and Advisory

EWRT D001A or EWRT D01AH or ESL D005.
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