Major in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

The major in American Studies with a concentration in American Indian and Indigenous Studies consists of nine courses from the following categories. At least one of the courses must be at the 300-level or above and courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category. The American Indian and indigenous studies concentration provides a meaningful grounding in the histories, cultures, and contemporary experiences of peoples indigenous to North America, as well as their encounters with settler states. The curriculum increasingly provides opportunities for students to gain a hemispheric perspective that includes the histories, cultures, and contemporary experiences of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies with any questions.

Introduction (required) :
AMST/HIST 110

Approaches (required) :
AMST 203

History (at least two of the following) :
AFAM 294;
AMST/HIST 231, 233, 235;
AMST/HIST/ANTH 234;
AMST 337, 339;
HIST 232;
HIST/WMST 576

Social Science (at least two of the following) :
AMST/HIST/ANTH 234;
ANTH 206, 250, 252, 451;
ANTH/FOLK 230

Expressive Culture (at least two of the following) :
AMST 246, 336, 338, 340;
SPAN 348

One other elective course drawn from the above list or approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and American Indian Studies Concentration Coordinator.

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Minor

The minor in American Indian and indigenous studies consists of five courses:

Introduction:
AMST/HIST 110

History (at least one of the following):
AMST 337, 339;
AMST/ANTH 203;
AMST/ANTH/HIST 234;
AMST/HIST 231, 233, 235;
HIST 232;
HIST/WMST 576

Social Science (at least one of the following) :
AMST/ANTH/HIST 234;
ANTH 206, 250, 252, 451;
ANTH/FOLK 230

Expressive Culture (at least one of the following) :
AMST 246, 336, 338, 340;
SPAN 348

One other course drawn from the above list or approved by the director of undergraduate studies and American Indian and indigenous studies concentration coordinator. Students may choose a course on indigenous peoples outside of the present-day borders of the United States to fulfill this requirement. Petition and approval required.

Students are strongly encouraged, though not required, to take AMST/ANTH 203 Approaches to American Indian Studies.

Additional Information For Majors & Minors

We occasionally offer topics courses and seminars that are not listed above. These can still be counted toward fulfilling the major concentration with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies and American Indian and Indigenous Studies Concentration Coordinator.

In addition, as their elective, students may choose a course focusing on Indigenous peoples outside of the present-day borders of the United States. Until a formal change to the major and minor concentration is approved and takes effect, students must petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies and American Indian and Indigenous Studies Concentration Coordinator to have them count.

You can also view this information on a printable requirements checklist.