Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

The Native American and Indigenous Studies minor, offered by the College of Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental minor which focuses onf the history, cultures, religions, languages, arts, and literatures of American Indians of the Americas. Participating departments included History, Anthropology, English, and Linguistics.

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program exposes students to arts, cultures, histories, and literatures beyond the dominant narratives of western European culture and its legacy. A minor in NAIS can open doors to new and different ways of viewing the world, new approaches to the environment and science, new concepts in history, politics, and religion, new ways of telling stories, of maintaining families and cultures, and even perceptions of time and space.

Course Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

The requirements for the minor include ANTH 31300 or HIST 37700 and three additional courses selected from a list of approved courses. Some of these courses may have departmental prerequisites. It is recommended that ANTH 31300 or HIST 37700 be taken as a first course of the program.

Students must receive a grade of "C+" or better in order for a course to be accepted towards the requirements of the NAIS minor.

A. Core Course (3 credit hours required for the minor)

     HIST 37700 Native American History and Culture 3
     ANTH 37900 Indians of North America 3

B. Choose a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following list.

     ANTH 31300 Archaeology of North America 3
     ANTH 37700 Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherer Societies 3
     ANTH 41800 Summer Ethnographic Field School 6
     ENG 35200 Native American Literature 3
     HIST 47100 Plains Indian History 3
     HIST 49500 NA History Research Seminar 3
     HIST 47700 Native American Women’s History 3
     LING 56000 Service Learning in Languages & Linguistics 3
     LING 57600 Latin American Indigenous Languages & Cultures 3
     LING 59800N Native American Languages 3

Purdue Interdisciplinary Studies

Participating Faculty 

Dawn G Marsh, Associate Professor
History

H. Kory Cooper, Assistant Professor
Anthropology

Laura Zanotti, Assistant Professor
Anthropology

Nancy Peterson, Professor and Department Head
English

Elena Benedicto, Professor
English, Indigenous and Endangered Languages Lab (IELLab)