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American Indian Studies Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
The American Indian Studies minor is designed to enhance students' awareness and overall knowledge about sovereignty and the diversity of indigenous cultures throughout all of Native North America. Minors 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.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
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 minor requirements. Courses may not be taken S-N unless S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
AMIN 1101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
Students must complete at least 16 credits from the electives below, subject to the following restrictions: 1. Students must have at least one course from two of the disciplines below. 2. No more than 4 credits of directed studies (X993) may be applied to the minor. 3. No more than 8 credits of an American Indigenous language may apply to the minor.
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 2211 - First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs [HDIV] (3.0 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 3452 - American Indian Women [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2251 - American Indians and the United States: A History [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2451 - The American West [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 3381 - History of American Indian Nationalism and Red Power, 1920-Present [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3614 - Race and Ethnicity in Latin America [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3402 - Representations from the Field: American Indian Ethnography and Ethnohistory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
or HIST 3402 - Representations from the Field: American Indian Ethnography and Ethnohistory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [IP] (4.0 cr)
· 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)
Other Elective Courses
Directed studies and interdisciplinary internships, with appropriate subject matter, may be used to meet the elective requirements.
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