Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

The Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) minor, offered by the College of Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental minor that focuses on the history, cultures, religions, languages, arts, and literatures of American Indians of the Americas. Participating departments include 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 - 15 Credit Hours

The requirements for the minor include ANTH 37900 or HIST 37700 and four additional courses selected from a list of approved courses. Some of these courses may have departmental prerequisites. It is recommended that ANTH 37900 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 - Choose one course (3 credits) from the following list: 

ANTH 37900 Indians of North America 3.0
HIST 37700 Native American History and Culture 3.0


B. Electives - Choose four courses (12 credits) from the following list:

ANTH 31300 Archaeology of North America 3.0
ANTH 37700 Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherer Societies 3.0
ANTH 41800 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology (Summer Ethnographic) 6.0
ENGL 35200 Native American Literature 3.0
HIST 39500 Junior Research Seminar (Native American) 3.0
HIST 47700 Native American Women’s History 3.0
HIST 49500 Research Seminar in Historical Topics (Native American) 3.0
LING 56000 Service Learning in Languages and Linguistics 3.0
LING 57600 Latin American Indigenous Languages and Cultures 3.0
LING 59800 Special Topics in Linguistics (Native American Languages) 3.0


Note: Students can take both ANTH 379 and HIST 377 and us one for A. and the other for B.


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