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Degree Requirements 2018-2019

American Indian Studies is a major that gives students the opportunity to learn about the original, indigenous cultures of North America. Students will be provided with a multidisciplinary understanding of the history and present situation of American Indians. The program emphasizes the interrelations among history, culture, language, literature, the arts, philosophy, religion, political and social forces, and the legal status and sovereignty of American Indians. This course of study exposes students to the richness and beauty of North American Indian cultures.

American Indian Studies Major

Nine courses, including at least four upper division courses:

  • AIS 105 – Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 205 – Contemporary American Indians
  • One of ENL 255 or AIS 264
    • ENL 255 – American Indian Literature
    • AIS 264 – American Indians in the Cinema
  • HIS 236 – American Indian History
  • RLN 370 – American Indian Spirituality and Philosophical Thought
  • Four elective courses chosen from the following:
    • AIS 208 – Native American Women and Film
    • AIS 233 – Women: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • AIS 264 – American Indian in the Cinema
    • AIS 299 – Directed Study
    • AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas
    • AIS 320 – American Indian Women
    • AIS 332 – Native American Storytelling
    • AIS 364 – Indigenous Filmmakers
    • AIS 396 – Internship
    • AIS 399 – Internship
    • AIS 405 – Indigenous Activism and Resistance in the Americas
    • AIS 408 – Native American Women and Film
    • AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas
    • AIS 495 – Topics
    • AIS 498 – Independent Study/Research
    • AIS 499 – Independent Study
    • ART 290 – Native American Art
    • DAK 111 – Beginning Dakota I
    • DAK 112 – Beginning Dakota II
    • ENL 255 – American Indian Literature
    • ENL 355 – Themes in American Indian Literature
    • OJB 111 – Beginning Ojibwe I
    • OJB 112 – Beginning Ojibwe II

*AIS Majors may complete the Keystone requirement either by taking AIS 490 (travel seminar), AIS 405, KEY 490 or another approved keystone course.

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is met by GST 200, MAT 163, MAT 164, or PHI 230. Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

American Indian Studies Minor

Five courses including AIS 105. At least two courses must be upper division.


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