American Indian Studies minor
Office: E304 Thompson Hall
Jennifer Hildebrand, Coordinator
The American Indian Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary study of the anthropological, historical, cultural, educational and political developments that have formed present-day Native America. The program is designed for students with the desire to better understand American Indian and Alaskan Native cultures by studying pre-contact history via oral tradition, post-European contact via biography, and present day “Indian Country” through federal policies, films, and literature. American Indian ethnic identities and stereotypes, as formed by these media, will be studied to promote new ways of thinking about race and culture. The multi-disciplinary nature of the minor allows for participation from students of all backgrounds in developing a new view of American Indian cultures while helping to dispel the Pan-Indian stereotype endemic in the American education system.
Required Courses for the Minor in American Indian Studies (21 credit hours)
Students should select courses from the following categories, beginning with a choice of courses from the American Studies program. Students declaring a minor may use past courses retroactively after consultation with the coordinator. Minors must take one course in both Literature and History.
Core Courses (12 credit hours by advisement):
History (One course from the following choices):
Electives: (6 credit hours)
Credited with approval from coordinator:
|EDU 305||Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom||
|EDU 313||Practicum in Inclusive Education III||
|HIST 340||The Westward Movement||
Possible alternate electives include American Indian Literature in Translation, American Indian Poetry, and American Indian in Film.
Capstone Course: (3 credit hours)
|INDS 404||American Indian Capstone||
|INDS 492||American Indian Studies Internship||
Courses offered as Special Topics can be credited toward the minor with approval from coordinator of the American Indian Studies minor.