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 - 12 Credit Hours

The requirements for the minor include ANTH 37900 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 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 (3 credit hours required for the minor)

     ANTH 37900 Indians of North America (3 credit hours)    
     HIST 37700 Native American History and Culture (3 credit hours)    

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

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

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