Native American Language Program


Since 1991 the Anthropology Department has offered classes in several Native American languages. The classes are taught by native speakers with training in linguistics. These languages satisfy both the College of Arts & Sciences' and the University's language proficiency requirements. These courses will move from the Department of Anthropology to the Native American Studies program in July 2016.

The language courses combine lessons in the grammar of the language with vocabulary lessons and supplementary material and activities designed to situate language learning in cultural and historical context. Considerable class time is spent on conversation, but the students also learn to read and write in the language.