American Indian & Indigenous Studies
The research, teaching, and service in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies area focuses on the histories, contemporary experiences, languages, expressive culture, and political statuses of Indigenous people within and beyond the United States. Our major and minor explore Indian Country to teach students critical, career building skills such as research, writing, and critically engaging with texts, images, and ideas. Graduate study in AIIS trains students to become contributing members of intellectual and tribal communities. An AIIS graduate student can expect to encounter a rigorous and interdisciplinary study of the sovereignty, philosophies, practices, histories, and contemporary presences of tribal nations and indigenous peoples.
American Indian & Indigenous Studies Overview
Begun as a “program” in 1998, American Indian and Indigenous Studies established a minor in 2003, and inaugurated a major concentration with the Department of American Studies in 2008. We feature a dynamic multidisciplinary community of faculty, students, and staff. Our research, teaching, and service focus on the histories, contemporary experiences, expressive cultures, languages, and political status of indigenous peoples in and beyond North America. Many of us are devoted to collaborative research, and we value engaged scholarship that is relevant to Native American and Indigenous communities. AIIS collaborates with the UNC American Indian Center on a variety of activities and programs–including the Elder-In-Residence Program, annual Michael D. Green Lecture, and Carolina Seminar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies–and is supportive of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at UNC. We invite you to learn more by visiting our more expansive American Indian and Indigenous Studies website by clicking here.
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.
You may look through a list of undergraduate courses for this major. You may also look through the course offerings by year and complete course listings. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies with any questions.
The graduate program in American Studies is home to American Indian Studies dedicated to increasing the understanding of the histories, contemporary experiences, expressive cultures, and political status of indigenous peoples in and beyond North America through collaborative research and engaged scholarship relevant to Native communities.