Native American Studies (NATAMST)

Courses

NATAMST R1A Native American Studies Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course introduces students to the genres of Native American literature (written and oral traditions), provides historical and cultural frameworks for understanding, appreciating, and interpreting Native American writings, and develops basic skills in expository and creative writing. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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NATAMST R1B Native American Studies Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Course examines Native American written and oral traditions in historical and cultural contexts. Emphasis on literary interpretation and creative and analytical writing, so that students increasingly write from positions of strength. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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NATAMST 20A Introduction to Native American Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course explores the interactions, from friendship treaties and land deals to contemporary American governmental policies, between America's original inhabitants with Europeans and Euro-Americans. Emphasis will be placed on how tribal peoples continue to react to the national myths and policies created by Europeans and Euro-Americans.

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NATAMST 20B Introduction to Native American Studies II: Cultural Practice, Art, and Identity 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course explores Native American identify practices in written and oral traditions in literature, art, dance, theatre, ceremony, and song. The place of these traditions in the contemporary day will be emphasized as creative struggles for maintaining and elaborating on Indian identity in the context of colonialism.

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NATAMST 39A Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 1.5 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

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NATAMST C70 Working with Grammar: Linguistic Tools for Learning and Teaching a Native American Language 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This course is for people who want to learn a Native American language, understood to include any of the hundreds of indigenous languages of North, Central, and South America. Since most of these languages are not taught in the usual formal educational settings, a major emphasis of the course is helping students develop strategies for self-directed language learning and effective teaching methods to help others learn as well. The course will also provide a basic introduction
to principles of linguistic analysis that will make materials developed by specialists more accessible and useful to learners.

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NATAMST 71 Native Americans in North America to 1900 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2015
An ethnohistorical analysis of America's original inhabitants and their interactions with Europeans and Euro-Americans emphasizing an Indian perspective.

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NATAMST 72 Native Americans in North America 1900-Present 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A survey and analysis of issues affecting Native Americans in the 20th and 21st centuries. Course will explore political, economic, and social/cultural developments as they shape federal-Indian relations and tribal sovereignty.

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NATAMST C73AC Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2009
This course examines the history of indigenous, aboriginal, native, or "tribal" peoples over the last five centuries. Particular attention is paid to how these groups were brought into relations with an expanding Europe, capitalist development, and modern nation-states. How have these peoples survived, what are the contemporary challenges they face, and what resources and allies have they drawn on in the present?

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NATAMST 90 Freshman Seminar--Myth, Memory and History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course will introduce students to different ways of understanding the history of American Indians and to basic resources and research methods for studying the history of Indian tribes.

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NATAMST 97 Field Work in Native American Communities 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual conferences to be arranged. Supervised experiences relevant to specific aspects of the Native American community in off-campus settings. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required.

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NATAMST 98 Supervised Group Study and Research 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Supervised research by lower division students.

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NATAMST 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual conferences to be arranged. The individual student, with consent and guidance of an instructor, researches an interest not covered in the courses offered in the Program.

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NATAMST 100 Native American Law 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Historical background of the unique relationship between the United States government and Native American tribes, and examination of contemporary legislation, court cases, and federal, state, and local policies affecting Native American social, political, legal, and economic situations.

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NATAMST 101 Native American Tribal Governments 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
The roles of tribal governments in the formation of internal and external policies affecting the lives of Native American people, the basis for their political power historically and in contemporary society, and their structure and functions.

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NATAMST 102 Critical Native American Legal and Policy Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2010
Key contemporary issues in the critical study of tribal and federal policy pertaining to American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. Topics include political and cultural sovereignty; religious, gendered, sexual, racial, and other tribal minorities, and civil rights within tribes; Native legal identity and tribal enrollment; the role of violence against women in the history of colonialism, and the struggle for justice and healing; and
the movement for traditional or other culturally appropriate forms for tribal self-governance.
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NATAMST 105 Indigenous Issues Across the Americas 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course addresses how Indigenous communities throughout the Americas deal with their contemporary political dilemmas. It explores the ways in which internal colonialism, projects of assimilation, political and economic marginalization, land loss, and resistance have affected how Indigenous people view themselves in relationship to the dominant societies in which they reside. It explores local differences, attentive to the specificity of the national or
regional dimension of “the Indian Problem.” And it examines the varied and often complimentary tactics that Indigenous people take in their pursuit of political and cultural self-determination.
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NATAMST 110 Theories and Methods in Native American Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Overview of literary theory and criticism, historiography, and social sciences theories and methods useful in the study of Native American literature, history and contemporary tribal groups. Course will develop skills of information gathering and development of theories that structure information.

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NATAMST 120 Topics in Native American Arts 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2008, Spring 2008
This course explores the practice of Native American art forms from the perspective of Native American Artists and scholars. Focused on specific art forms such as dance, music, film, crafts, and other traditions, this course provides a critique of conventional understandings of the relationships of Native American cultural traditions and their place in the world of "art."

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NATAMST 120AC Photography and the American Indian: Manifest Destiny, American Frontier, and Images of American Indians 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course explores the development of photography, historical photographs of Indigenous peoples, Black Indians, and the push to win the American West. Central to the course are research methods that deconstruct stereotypical representations of Native Americans, African Americans (who either married into Native nations, were owned by Native peoples, or who joined the military to fight Native peoples), and the theories and methods that influenced
photography.
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NATAMST 145 Images of Native Americans in American History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2012
This course explores the ways in which an invented, generic "Indian" has played a variety of roles in master narratives of United States history. We shall examine changes in images of key figures and events constituting "our" collective historical memory.

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NATAMST 149 Gender in Native American Society 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course examines gender roles from the period before the invasion to the present. An emphasis will be placed on the ways in which contact with European gender practices transformed those prevalent in Native North American before the conquest.

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NATAMST 150 Native American Narratives 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2002, Spring 2000
This workshop provides intensive study of the crafts of writing in relation to various Native American genres as well as writing and discussion of student work.

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NATAMST 151 Native American Philosophy 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
A study of the philosophical and metaphysical aspects of Native American world views, with emphasis on systems of knowledge, explanations of natural phenomena, and relations of human beings to nature through ritual and ceremonial observances.

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NATAMST C152 Native American Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
An analysis of the written and oral tradition developed by Native Americans. Emphasis will be placed on a multifaceted approach (aesthetic, linguistic, psychological, historical, and cultural) in examining American Indian literature.

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NATAMST 158 Native Americans and the Cinema 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course will analyze the sociological, psychological, and literary aspects of Hollywood moviemakers' stereotyping of the American Indian through the history of film. The format will include representative Indian films, lectures, and guest speakers from the movie industry.

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NATAMST N158 Native Americans and the Cinema 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1997 10 Week Session, Summer 1996 10 Week Session
This course will analyze the sociological, psychological, and literary aspects of Hollywood moviemakers' stereotyping of the American Indian through the history of film. The format will include representative Indian films, lectures, and guest speakers from the movie industry.

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NATAMST 160 Maya Traditions 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 1999 10 Week Session
This course considers Maya traditions as performance, oral literature, and creative resource which informs the present and the future. The course will illustrate the ways Maya mythic narratives are tied and untied in Maya cultural histories and geographies with close attention to contemporary use of the 260-day sacred calendar, creation accounts, ceremony, and the publically emergent role of the AjQ'ijab, the spiritual leaders.

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NATAMST 161 Native American Art 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2017 3 Week Session, Summer 1999 10 Week Session
This course is a survey of contemporary Native American Indian art from the 19th century to the present. The general philosophical foundations of traditional tribal arts and culture will be discussed in the first week of the course. The second and third week of the course contemporary art will be studied through selected readings, slide presentations, and other reproductions of painting and sculpture by Native American Indian
artists.
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NATAMST 162 Native American Environments 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 1999 10 Week Session
This course is a general survey of competing environmental interests of Native American Indians. Sacred sites and stewardship of the environment will be discussed in the first week. The legacy of radioactive waste disposal on tribal land will be studied in the second week of the course. Lectures in the third week will consider mining and the pollution of air and water on treaty reservations.

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NATAMST 163 Native American Ceremonies 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 1999 10 Week Session
This course will consider Native American Indian ceremonies through the introductory examination of diverse religious beliefs, practices, and performances. Among the topics discussed will be the role of healing practices, revitalization movements, and religious changes in tribal communities in North America. The lectures will compare various tribal philosophies and world views in the context of culture and history.

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NATAMST 164 Native Americans of California 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 1999 10 Week Session
This introductory course will compare the general cultural themes and political histories of Native American Indians in California. The lectures in the first week of the course will consider demographic studies and the diversity of tribal cultures. The second week will review colonial dominance, mission activities, assimilation policies, and relations with the United States government. In the third week discussions will focus on the general political
issues of tribal casinos in California.
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NATAMST 165 Native American Images 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 1999 10 Week Session
Native American Indians have been the cultural objects of photographers and the exotic figures of filmmakers for more than a century. Lectures in the first week will critique the images of Native American Indians in photographs. The second week will focus on selected scenes in motion pictures. General theories of simulation, historical and ethnographic representations will be considered in the third week. Students will read selected essays and view
slides and scenes from films.
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NATAMST C166 Native American Novelists 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 1999 10 Week Session
Native American Indian literature is a distinctive collection of fiction, poetry, autobiographical narratives, and oral stories in translation. This course will provide a general literary and historical context of this distinctive literature, consider narrative subjects and themes, and focus on critical readings of contemporary novels by Native American Indian authors.

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NATAMST 167 Plains Warriors 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2000 10 Week Session
This course will compare the general cultural themes and political histories of Native American Indian warrior cultures of the North American Great Plains, with an emphasis on the diversity of traditional cultural roles.

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NATAMST C168 Museums and Sacred Sites 1 Unit

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course considers the experiences, interpretations, and protections of Native American Indian cultural resources in museums and sacred sites. Creation stories, sacred geography, and ceremonies will be compared.

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NATAMST C169 Native American Philosophies 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2000 10 Week Session
This course is a comparative discussion of Native American Indian philosophies, distinctive worldviews, and interpretations of sacred and secular ceremonies and stories. The Ghost Dance and other revitalization movements will be studied.

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NATAMST 170 Native American Sovereignty 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2000 10 Week Session
This course will explore the unique legal status of Native American Indian tribes and reservation lands in the United States, including discussions of treaties, federal trust relationships, and the evolution of laws and policies that determine sovereignty.

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NATAMST C171 Native American Poetry 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2001 10 Week Session, Summer 2000 10 Week Session
This course will give an in-depth analysis to a selection of contemporary Native American Indian poetry. The issues of voice, cultural traditions, and sense of place, memory, imagery, and humor will be the focus of lectures.

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NATAMST 172 Medicine and Public Health 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2000 10 Week Session
This course considers the health of Native American Indian communities past and present. The lectures will be comparative and explore medical public health issues in urban areas and on reservations.

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NATAMST 173 First Nations in Canada 1 Unit

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will examine the cultural history and contemporary political dynamics of First Nations in Canada. The lectures will focus on early encounters with natives recorded in , and on recent land claims and the Nunavut treaty.

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NATAMST 173AC Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course examines the history of indigenous, aboriginal, native, or "tribal" peoples over the last five centuries. Particular attention is paid to how these groups were brought into relations with an expanding Europe, capitalist development, and modern nation-states. How have these peoples survived, what are the contemporary challenges they face, and what resources and allies have they drawn on in the present?

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NATAMST C174 Imagining the Other 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2000 10 Week Session
European images of the exotic existed long before 1492. After Columbus, they were applied to people of the Americas who were thus turned into objects of fear and desire. While these images were modified over the centuries, basic elements of positive, and negative stereotyping connected with notions of race, gender, and environmental conditioning have persisted to the present day. This class will study a selection of European and North American literary
texts from the late 18th century to the present, focusing on the discourse of culture, alterity, and identity as well as, on such aspects as the Romantic idealization of "natural man," savagism, natural nobility, communicational boundaries, and forms of cultural hybridity.
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NATAMST 175 History of Native Americans in California 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2011
History of the Native Americans of California with emphasis on the lifeways, mores, warfare, and relations with the United States government. Attention will be given to the background and evolution of acculturation up to the present.

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NATAMST 176 History of Native Americans in the Southwest 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
An historical analysis of the Native American Nations of the southwestern United States.

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NATAMST 178 Topics in Native American History 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course explores the history of Native Americans from the point of view of Native American historians and scholars. Focused on specific periods and regional case studies the course provides a rereading of much United States history as it has been conceived, set into periods, written, and taught. The chronological scope of the course begins before the European invasions and continues to the end of the 20th century.

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NATAMST 178AC Africans in Indian Country 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
This seminar will explore the intersections of Native American and African American histories and communities in the context of the United States which was formerly "Indian Country." We will read historical texts, first-person accounts, fiction, and primary documents primarily from the perspective of Native American, African American, and Black-Indian scholars and writers.

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NATAMST 179 Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Change in the North American West 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course explores the dynamic relationships between indigenous communities and the continuously changing environmental landscapes of the North American West from before European contact to the present, and how these communities have continually adapted traditional cultural practices to meet ever-changing environmental realities. With this broader context, this course examines how specific indigenous communities have navigated their relationship with the natural
world amidst the challenges of colonialism, globalization, environmental ruin, and climate change in the North American West. Additionally, this course highlights the active role of Native peoples in regional and environmental histories of the region.
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NATAMST 190 Seminar on Advanced Topics in Native American Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Advanced seminar in Native American Studies with topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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NATAMST 194A Native American Theme Program Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course is the first of the two-semester seminar required for the Native American Theme Program residents. This installment of the seminar component will build a general understanding of basic historical developments affecting Native and Indigenous peoples of North America, with a focus on Native American identity and contemporary issues from a variety of academic and philosophical standpoints, laying the groundwork for the spring seminar. Using an interdisciplinary
lens that covers academic genres to memoir, the course will think critically and reflectively about Native American identity both historically and contemporaneously, and its intersections with gender, class, and other forms of difference.
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NATAMST 194B Native American Theme Program Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
This course is the second half of the two-semester seminar required for the Native American Theme Program residents. This installment of the seminar uses builds on concepts from the fall semester to take a more in depth look at Native identity and community through Native scholars. Using an interdisciplinary lens that covers academic genres to memoir, the course asks students to think critically and reflectively about Native American identities in the academy
, communities, activism and as well as in their own lives.
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NATAMST 195 Senior Thesis 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Writing of a thesis under the direction of member(s) of the faculty.

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NATAMST H195 Native American Studies Honors Course 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
The course will entail directed study and completion of an honors research project under the direction of a faculty committee. The project should have originated from a regularly scheduled course in the department.

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NATAMST H195A Senior Honors Thesis for Native American Studies Majors 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Course for senior Native American Studies majors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Native American Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program.

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NATAMST H195B Senior Honors Thesis for Native American Studies Majors 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Course for senior Native American Studies majors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Native American Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program.

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NATAMST 197 Field Work in the Native American Community 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual conferences to be arranged. Supervised experiences relevant to specific aspects of the Native American community in off-campus settings. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required.

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NATAMST 198 Supervised Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual conferences to be arranged. Group discussion, research, and reporting on topics by students.

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NATAMST 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual conferences to be arranged. The individual student, with consent and guidance of an instructor, researches an interest not covered in the courses offered in the Program.

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