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American Indian Studies

American Indian Studies provides students with an opportunity to learn about the contributions and perspectives of the indigenous people of North America through courses that explore the ancient civilizations, historical experiences, languages, artistry and cultures, as well as contemporary issues and variations from tribe to tribe that make up the rich and varied nations of the North American Indians.


Undergraduate Minor

The undergraduate minor in American Indian Studies requires 18 hours of coursework. All students must complete

  • AIS 301 - Contemporary Issues in Indian Country

and five other courses from at least three disciplines. The following courses will count toward Minor in American Indian Studies:

  • ANT 315 - American Indians
  • ANT 333 - Archeology of North America
  • ANT 433 - Prehistory of Southeastern Indians
  • HIS 474 - American Indians and the Invasion of America
  • HIS 475 - American Indians of the Southeast
  • REL 322 - Native American Religions
  • SWK 488 - Social Work and First Nations/Indigenous People


The following courses may count toward a Minor in American Indian Studies with the approval of the director. In order for these courses to count towards the minor, a significant portion of the course must have American Indian content as indicated by the syllabus and/or the student must complete a major course project/paper relevant to American Indian Studies. These courses and any other potential courses that may fit these criteria must be approved by the Director for the American Indian Studies Minor.

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity
  • ANT 221 - Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 311 - World Cultures
  • ANT 424 - Religion and Healing
  • ANT 427 - Psychological Anthropology
  • ANT 429 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 442 - Medical Anthropology
  • CD 150 - Child and Family in the Community
  • CIE 410 - Foundations in Multicultural Education
  • DAN 430 - Dance in Cultural Context
  • ENG 312 - Post Colonial Literature
  • ENG 313 - Survey of Multiethnic Literature
  • ENG 410 - Studies in Ethnic Literature
  • FL 101 - Introduction to Exotic Languages
  • GHY 331 - Cultural Systems in the Environment
  • GHY 409 - Geography of the Southwestern U.S.
  • HIS 467 - The Colonial South
  • LIS 445 - Sources of Information for a Multicultural Society
  • MUS 165H - Music Appreciation: World Music (Honors College only)
  • PSY 413 - Multicultural Counseling

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