American Indian Studies Minor

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Grounded by a strong commitment to histories, representations, and political struggles of indigenous peoples, the intellectual focus of the American Indian Studies minor will use interdisciplinary methods of critical inquiry as a means through which students engage research and scholarship in their field of studies.

Students in the American Indian Studies minor will develop an increased awareness of their own culture and the cultures of Indigenous peoples, will learn to identify and articulate critical questions and approaches that respect and utilize Indigenous paradigms and the common theoretical assumptions of Indigenous cultures and will develop facility in communicating with and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations and groups in the execution of their academic and professional duties.

It is the hope of the American Indian Studies faculty that the minor will promote an appreciation of Indigenous pluralistic societies and sovereign rights. Students pursing the minor are expected to participate in the intellectual life of Indigenous peoples, which will host speaker series, conferences and symposia, and cultural workshops.

Student Learning Objectives

With the American Indian Studies Minor, students will:

  • Learn to assess socially meaningful identities in a variety of cultural and critical contexts, and to communicate across social boundaries in a multi-cultural world.
  • Learn how to integrate and link ethnic, gender and labor studies.
  • Develop comparative research and critical thinking skills for understanding the range of lived experiences within Indigenous communities and to understand how power operates in society.
  • Develop research and writing skills in an integrative learning approach including a range of humanities and social science perspectives.
  • Understand various analytical and/or rhetorical frameworks related to various areas of study within ethnic, gender and labor studies and relevant to the world of work, civic engagement and community development.

Requirements: 25 credits

  • 25 credits, 10 credits must be upper division

American Indian Studies Foundational courses: 10 credits

American Indian Studies Topical courses: 15 credits