American Indian Studies B.A.
M Acad Dean's Admin
This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the coordinator(s) of American Indian Studies. The American Indian Studies major is designed to enhance a student's awareness and his or her overall knowledge about sovereignty and the diversity of Indigenous cultures throughout all of Native North America. Majors are required to engage and learn American Indian history, policies, cultures, literature, language, arts, sciences, and other creative endeavors within a globalized context. American Indian Studies promotes critical thinking, writing, and communication skills that are also rooted in Indigenous knowledge systems and community involvement. The curriculum emphasizes the role of the student as an active learner and participant within a growing and vibrant intertribal campus community.
This program is available:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Students develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their major adviser. American Indian Studies students are especially encouraged to take an American indigenous language, such as Anishinaabe and Dakota. Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
With approval of the American Indian Studies coordinator(s), a capstone course in a different major may be substituted for AMIN 4901 if it contains primary American Indian content (e.g., ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature).
AMIN 1101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
AMIN 4901 - Senior Project in American Indian Studies (4.0 cr)
ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
NOTE: Engl 3311 is the preferred literature course.
ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
HIST 2251 - American Indians and the United States: A History [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
Students must complete at least 20 credits from the electives listed below, subject to the following restrictions: 1. Courses are exclusive of any used to complete the required courses. 2. At least 12 credits must be from Primary American Indian Studies. 3. No more than 4 credits of directed studies (X993) may be applied to the major. 4. No more than 3 credits of ARTS 1050 may be applied to the major. 5. No more than 8 credits of American Indigenous languages may be applied to the major.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
Primary American Indian Studies Electives
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1801 - American Indian Song and Dance [IC] (2.0 cr)
· AMIN 1803 - From Boarding Schools to Hip-Hop: Native Modernities [IC] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 2211 - First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs [HDIV] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2252 - Comparative Indigenous History: Beyond Native America [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 2801 - Anishinaabe Song and Dance: An Exploration of Song and Dance, Traditions and Practices [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 2993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· AMIN 3201 - Oceti Sakowin: Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota History and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 3202 - Indigenous Landscapes [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 3211 - Connecting Archaeology and Native America [SS] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 3213 - Indigenous Thought and Knowledge [HDIV] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2252 - Comparative Indigenous History: Beyond Native America [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3304 - Race, Class, and Gender in American History [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3359 - Native Strategies for Survival, 1880-1920 [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3614 - Race and Ethnicity in Latin America [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· Primary American Indian Studies Electives, Indigenous Languages
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1001 - Beginning Dakota Language I (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 1002 - Beginning Dakota Language II [FL] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 1011 - Beginning Anishinaabe Language I (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 1012 - Beginning Anishinaabe Language II [FL] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 2011 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language I [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 2012 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language II [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· Related American Indian Studies
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ARTS 1050 - Beginning Ceramics [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2451 - The American West [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3542 - Multicultural Psychology [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
Other Elective Courses
Directed studies and interdisciplinary internships, with appropriate subject matter, may be used to meet the elective requirements.