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College of Arts and Sciences

Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

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 completing the NAIS minor 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 detailed observations, and to formulate interdisciplinary interpretations of the literature, art, music, and culture of Native American and indigenous peoples
  • To formulate a global and comparative conception of indigeneity
  • To think globally and comparatively about different legal, social, and historical categories, from "Native," to "First Peoples," to "Indian," to "Indigenous”
  • To master the skills necessary for lifelong learning in Native American and Indigenous Studies

Recommended First Courses

  • AMST-A 275 Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas
  • ANTH-E 210 Rethinking Race Globally
  • LTAM-M 101 Elementary Yucatec Maya I
  • LTAM-Q 101 Elementary Quechua I