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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences
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Undergraduate Minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies

Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) is a vibrant field that incorporates perspectives from American Studies, Anthropology, Folklore, History, Literature, Law, Political Science, Visual and Expressive Arts, and other areas of study.

Students can expect...

  • to learn a broad range of basic historical facts about the Native American and Indigenous peoples of the Americas, to think logically and analytically, to make critical observations, and to formulate interdisciplinary interpretations of the history, literature, art, music, law, politics, and culture of Native American and Indigenous peoples;
  • to globally and comparatively formulate a conception of indigeneity, while understanding the persistence of localism in Indigenous culture; and
  • to gain new perspectives on globalization, sustainability, and cultural and environmental preservation.

Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours. At least 9 credit hours must be at or above the 300 level.

  • AMST-A 150 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • AMST-A 275 Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
Additional course work should be selected in consultation with the NAIS advisor and the Chair of the Committee on NAIS, who will help the student develop a Plan of Study appropriate to his or her academic and career goals. The Plan of Study is subject to the following three restrictions:

  1. A maximum of 6 credit hours in a student's major may be credited toward the minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies.
  2. Must include at least 9 credit hours at the 300-400 level.
  3. A maximum of 8 credit hours in Native or Indigenous language course work (e.g., Lakota, Yucatec Maya, Quechua) may be credited toward the minor. In order to complete the NAIS minor, students applying two semesters (8 credit hours) of language study must also complete at least one non-language course from the following list for a total of 17 NAIS credit hours.

Approved courses are listed below. Other courses with significant (at least 60 percent) Native or Indigenous content may count toward the minor. Courses not listed below must be approved by the NAIS Advisor in concert with the Chair of the Committee on Native American and Indigenous Studies.

  • ANTH-B 472 Bioanthropology of Aboriginal America (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 210 Rethinking Race Globally (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-E 230 American Ethnic Diversity (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS
  • ANTH-E 319 American Indian Religions (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS
  • ANTH-E 320 Indians of North America (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS
  • ANTH-E 321 Peoples of Mexico (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • ANTH-E 322 Peoples of Brazil (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • ANTH-E 323 Indians of Indiana (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS
  • ANTH-E 324 Native American Art (3 cr.) CASE A&H
  • ANTH-E 327 Native Amazonians and the Environment (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • ANTH-E 329 Indians in the United States in the Twentieth Century (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS
  • ANTH-E 340 Indians of Mexico and Central America (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • ANTH-E 457 Ethnic Identity (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-L 310 Elementary Lakota (Sioux) Language I (4 cr.)
  • ANTH-L 311 Elementary Lakota (Sioux) Language II (4 cr.)
  • ANTH-L 312 Intermediate Lakota (Sioux) Language I (4 cr.)
  • ANTH-L 313 Intermediate Lakota (Sioux) Language II (4 cr.)
  • ANTH-L 320 American Indian Languages (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-L 330 Mesoamerican Languages: Structure, History, Social Context (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 250 Introductory World Archaeology (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 330 Historical Archaeology (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 345 Indigenous Archaeology (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 350 Archaeology of Ancient Mexico (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • ANTH-P 360 North American Archaeology (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 361 Prehistory of the Midwestern United States (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 363 North American Prehistory through Fiction (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 365 Archaeology of Western North America (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ANTH-P 370 Ancient Civilizations of the Andes (3 cr.) CASE GCC
  • ANTH-P 405 Fieldwork in Archaeology (1-8 cr.)
  • CJUS-P 437 American Indian Justice Policy (3 cr.)
  • CMCL-C 430 Native American Communication and Performance (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • ENG-L 364 Native American Literature (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE DUS
  • FINA-A 350 Topics in African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian American Art (3 cr.)
  • FINA-A 351 Art of the South Pacific (3 cr.)
  • FINA-A 452 Art of Pre-Columbian America (3-4 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • FOLK-F 275 Indigenous Worldviews (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • FOLK-F 315 Latin American Folklore / Folklife / Folk Music (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC
  • FOLK-F 352 Native American Folklore / Folklife / Folk Music (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE DUS
  • FOLK-F 353 Native American Film and Video (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS
  • HIST-A 207 Introduction to Native American History (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE DUS
  • HIST-A 300 Issues in United States History (3 cr.) CASE S&H Approved topic: Native American Women
  • HIST-J 300 Natives and Newcomers (3 cr.) CASE S&H Approved Topic: Natives and Newcomers
  • LTAM-M 101 Elementary Yucatec Maya I (4 cr.)
  • LTAM-M 102 Elementary Yucatec Maya II (4 cr.)
  • LTAM-M 201 Intermediate Yucatec Maya I (3 cr.)
  • LTAM-M 202 Intermediate Yucatec Maya II (3 cr.)
  • LTAM-Q 101 Elementary Quechua I (4 cr.)
  • LTAM-Q 102 Elementary Quechua II (4 cr.)
  • LTAM-Q 201 Intermediate Quechua I (3 cr.)
  • LTAM-Q 202 Intermediate Quechua II (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 337 Latin American Politics (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • POLS-Y 338 African Politics (3 cr.) CASE S&H, CASE GCC
  • POLS-Y 367 International Law (3 cr.) CASE S&H
  • POLS-Y 490 Senior Seminar in Political Science (3 cr.) Approved topic: Indigenous Politics: Contests over Democracy and Development