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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences
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Ph.D. minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies

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Students who pursue the PhD minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies will focus their interdisciplinary study on the histories, cultures, art, folklore, politics, and literatures of Native American and Indigenous peoples, chiefly in the Americas, but also, where appropriate, globally. This is one of a very few programs in the United States that focus explicitly on Native American and Indigenous Studies at the graduate level, and that place the study of American Indians within the context of a broader, more sweeping and international inquiry into the nature of political power, colonial settlement, and global contact.

Plan of Study

Students are required to submit a "Plan of Study" to a member of the Committee on Native American and Indigenous Studies for final approval. After approval, a signed copy should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies in American Studies. The Plan of Study will provide the rationale for the student’s proposed curriculum and will list the courses, with alternative selections in the event such courses are not offered on a timely basis that will serve as the student’s minor program. With the Director's approval, the student will become officially enrolled in the Native American & Indigenous Studies degree.

NOTE: Interested students must first be admitted into a PhD program on the Bloomington campus.

Requirements

Requirements for the Native American and Indigenous Studies PhD minor encourage graduate students to develop a program of academic inquiry that complements their doctoral program and takes advantage of the wide range of College of Arts and Sciences faculty. Each student’s "Plan of Study" is developed upon their entry to the degree and in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Students must complete 12 credit hours of course work including.
  • G605 Introduction to Native American & Indigenous Studies (4 cr.)
    This is an introductory course in the interdisciplinary study of Native peoples, with primary focus on the study of Indigenous peoples in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada.
The remaining credits can come from any course offered by NAIS faculty, assuming content is appropriate, such as:
  • G620 Colloquium in American Studies (with relevant Native or Indigenous content) (3-4 cr.)
  • G751 Seminar in American Studies (with relevant Native or Indigenous content) (3-4 cr.)
  • G753 Independent Study in American Studies (with relevant Native or Indigenous content) (1-4 cr.) . P: Consent of the Director of Graduate Studies and of instructor, who must be a member of the Committee on Native American and Indigenous Studies. (Please complete the AMST-G753 Proposal and obtain appropriate signatures. This proposal must be on file with American Studies before permission to enroll is granted.)
Students may count up to two graduate-level Native or Indigenous courses (which are usually listed at the 500-level) toward the minor.