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American Indian Studies B.A.

American Indian Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 43
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
American Indian Studies (AIS) is an interdisciplinary academic department offering coursework committed to broadening knowledge of the worldview, histories, languages, literatures, cultures, arts, and contemporary experiences of American Indian nations and peoples. As American Indian nations maintain a distinct political relationship with the federal government rooted in historical treaties, congressional laws, and executive orders, AIS promotes an awareness for and understanding of tribal sovereignty and self-determination. AIS strives to protect the integrity and identity of the indigenous population of North America and to create an intellectual learning environment conducive to critical and creative thought. A bachelors of arts degree in American Indian studies is designed to give students a broad background while allowing concentrated study in an area(s) of interest. The core of the program includes study in Ojibwe language, historical and contemporary foundations, politics and law, art and literature, and societies and cultures. Majors and minors develop skills in analytical and critical thinking, as well as verbal and written communication. They acquire knowledge of historical and contemporary American Indian experiences, cultures, and (inter)governmental affairs. Additionally, students may focus their area of study in Ojibwe language. Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of professional fields, including social services, for-profit and not-for profit organizations, tribal, local, state or federal government, criminal and social justice fields, tribal economic development, as well as business and management. In addition, some graduates pursue advanced degrees in law, health, business, social work, education, museum studies, and fine arts. Honors Requirements: Students must have a 3.75 GPA in the major.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. in American Indian studies include: * A second field of study (either a minor or another major).
Mewinzha gaye Noongom (Historical and Contemporary Foundations) (12 cr)
AMIN 1001 - Introduction to American Indian Studies [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
AMIN 1010 - American Indian Experience to 1900 [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
AMIN 1020 - American Indian Experiences: 1900-present [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3997 - Internship in American Indian Studies (4.0-8.0 cr)
· AMIN 4191 - Senior Study of Ojibwe Language (1.0-6.0 cr)
· AMIN 4990 - Directed Research (1.0-6.0 cr)
Subject Area Electives (12 cr)
Take at least one course from each of the four required Subject Areas, for a minimum of 12 total credits. Between the Subject Area Electives and the Additional Electives, a minimum of nine AMIN credits must be at the 3xxx level or higher. AMIN 3997, 4191 and 4990 do not count towards this upper division requirement.
Ojibwemowin (Language)
Any AMIN 11xx, 21xx, 31xx, 41xx or 51xx course
Dibenjigewin (Politics and Law)
Any AMIN 12xx, 22xx, 32xx, 42xx or 52xx course
Mazine-Dibaajimowin (Art and Literature)
Any AMIN 16xx, 26xx, 36xx, 46xx or 56xx course
Anishinaabe Izhitwaawinan (Societies and Culture)
Any AMIN 14xx, 2015, 24xx, 34xx, 44xx or 54xx course
AMIN 2015 - Ojibwe History and Culture [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Additional Electives (15 cr)
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1xxx
· AMIN 2xxx
· AMIN 3xxx
· AMIN 4xxx
· AMIN 5xxx
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4621 - Myth and Sacred Symbols (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4631 - Anthropology and Environment [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4633 - Ethnobotany (4.0 cr)
· COMM 2929 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· CST 1101 - Introduction to Cultural Studies [LE CAT8, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1101 - Literature Appreciation [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 1582 - Introduction to World Literatures [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 2305 - Geography of Cultural Diversity [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3702 - Geography of the United States and Canada (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 4393 - Political Geography (4.0 cr)
· HIST 1304 - US History Part I: 1607-1877 [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 1305 - US History Part II: 1865-Present [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3939 - Europe in the Age of Renaissance and Reformation: 1348-1648 (3.0 cr)
· LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· OJED 3100 - Advanced Ojibwe Grammar and Narrative (4.0 cr)
· POL 1500 - Introduction to Comparative Politics [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3515 - Theories of Comparative Politics (4.0 cr)
· POL 3600 - Political Concepts (4.0 cr)
· CRIM 3322 - Law and Society (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3375 - Restorative Justice (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4340 - Race, Crime and Justice (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 cr)
· SW 1619 - Race, Class, and Gender in the United States [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· WS 2101 - Women, Race, and Class [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
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