Native American and Indigenous Studies Focus

While Brown does not yet have an official Native American/Indigenous Studies concentration, students can choose a focus in Native American Studies within the Ethnic Studies concentration, in the American Studies Department and Indigenous Studies within the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies. 

All concentrators develop individual focus areas in consultation with their faculty advisors. Each student’s program of study is organized around a set of core courses that help them identify the historical and theoretical questions to be investigated and provide the tools necessary to address those questions.

Requirements for the Ethnic Studies Concentration

The concentration requires ten courses, chosen in consultation with a student's Concentration Advisor, such as, but not limited to, the following:

1.  ETHN 0500, "Introduction to American/Ethnic Studies"

2.   Any two introductory courses in Latino/a, Africana, Asian-American, or Native American Studies. (Other courses may be approved by the Advisor).

3.     Any three classes in Ethnic Studies that address the student's focus area (as approved by the concentration advisor).

4.     Any three courses drawn from a list of related courses (as approved by the concentration advisor).

5.     ET1900, "The Senior Seminar in Ethnic Studies." The senior seminar is the capstone course and is required of all concentrators.

Students in the concentration should also take a WRIT class from within the concentration, from a list of cross-listed course, or from a course approved by their advisor.

Students should also be sure to take a methods course.

Requirements for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACA) Concentration

1) Ten courses on Latin American, Caribbean, and/or Latino/a subjects. These may be explicitly designated as LACA classes, but do not need to be. Up to one of these courses can be a language learning class. Relevant courses from study abroad may count toward this total. For double concentrators, up to two classes can count toward the course requirements of both LACA and another concentration. At least two different academic disciplines should be represented in the ten courses. A diverse list of courses offered on the region is posted here each semester; please contact the concentration advisor to ask whether specific courses not listed on our website may be used to meet requirements.

2) Competence in a Latin American and/or Caribbean language. Competence in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Kreyol, Kaqchikel Maya, etc. may be demonstrated through a departmental test, AP credit, language courses at Brown or elsewhere, study abroad, etc; please contact the concentration advisor to confirm. (If the student’s primary area of study is the Anglophone Caribbean, a field language is not necessary.)

3) A substantial research project. This may be a LACA thesis; a creative project such as fiction, visual art, or performance; or a substantial research paper for a seminar that focuses on a Latin American, Caribbean, and/or Latino/a theme. The project may be completed for honors if the student is eligible. Review the requirements, guidelines, and timeline of graduating with Honors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies here.

4) An internship or volunteer service, located in the U.S. or overseas, for one semester or one summer. Work completed during study abroad may count toward this requirement. The service work will connect theory to practice, applying scholarly knowledge to social challenges. Students are encouraged to consult with the Swearer Center for Public Service for assistance finding a volunteer placement. Students should also meet with the DUS by the beginning of junior year to discuss their work plan for their service component. Upon completion of the internship or service work, students submit a brief summary report to the concentration advisor linking their experience to their scholarship, accompanied by a short letter from a supervisor confirming the completion of the work.