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American Indian Studies Minor

American Indian Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
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.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core Courses (6 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· 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)
· AMIN 1103 - Beginning Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Take at least 12 credits across the following two lists. If additional core courses are taken, they can be used toward this elective requirement total. Students may apply 3 courses at the AMIN 1xxx-2xxx level. One AMIN course with a minimum of 3 credits must be taken at the 3xxx level or higher. Students have the option to take all 12 credits from AMIN 3xxx level or higher. Most AMIN 1xxx-4xxx courses apply here. AMIN 3997, 4191, or 4990 do not count towards this requirement.
Take 0 - 3 course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1104 - Beginning Ojibwe II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1606 - Introduction to American Indian Literature [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2015 - Ojibwe History and Culture [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2103 - Intermediate Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2104 - Intermediate Ojibwe II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2210 - American Indian Politics: Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights [LE CAT6, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2405 - American Indian Families and Society [LE CAT8, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2407 - Boarding Schools and Beyond: A History of American Indian Education [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2605 - Survey of American Indian Arts [LE CAT9, FINE ARTS, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2801 - Introduction to Tribal Administration and Governance (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2820 - Foundations of Indigenous Leadership (3.0 cr)
· Required Upper Division Elective
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3206 - Federal Indian Policy [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3230 - American Indian Tribal Government and Law [SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3393 - Projects in American Indian Studies (1.0-5.0 cr)
· AMIN 3410 - Fur Trade in Canada and the United States [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3420 - American Indians in Sports [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3450 - American Indian Women [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3620 - Ojibwe Literatures: Sovereignty and Survivance [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3660 - American Indian Novel [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3810 - Fundamentals of Tribal Strategic Management (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3820 - Fundamentals of Tribal Project Management (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3995 - Special Topics: (Various Title to be Assigned) (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4230 - Introduction to Federal Indian Law [SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4240 - American Indian Education Policy Development in the 20th Century [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4250 - American Indian Diplomacy: Treaties, Compacts, and Agreements [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4630 - American Indians and the Media [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4640 - American Indians in the Movies [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4810 - Best Practices in Tribal Administration (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4840 - Current Issues and Opportunities in Tribal Administration and Governance (3.0 cr)
 
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AMIN 1001 - Introduction to American Indian Studies (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course serves non-majors, majors, and minors, introducing them to the history, methodologies, and community-oriented aspirations of American Indian studies. Students will collaboratively explore texts, topics, intellectuals, and issues crucial to the field, thereby preparing themselves and one another to be ethically-engaged residents of the Anishinaabe lands in which our campus is situated, and to excel in other courses both within and well-beyond UMD's AMIN curriculum.
AMIN 1010 - American Indian Experience to 1900 (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the social, economic, political, and cultural changes and continuities of American Indian life up to 1900. Native-European encounters, the formation of the United States, and the establishments of hundreds of treaties between the federal government and Native nations has continued relevance for both Native peoples and Americans today. Students will critically interrogate how we interpret the past and how these narratives shape and inform the present. Credit will not be granted if already received for 1110.
AMIN 1020 - American Indian Experiences: 1900-present (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Through a chronological and biographical approach, the social, economic, political, and cultural changes and continuities of American Indian life from 1900 to the present will be introduced. Significant changes experienced by American Indians as well as their ability to adapt, resist, and thrive will be analyzed. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 1120.
AMIN 1103 - Beginning Ojibwe I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwe speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge.
AMIN 1104 - Beginning Ojibwe II (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwe speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge. prereq: 1103 or instructor consent
AMIN 1606 - Introduction to American Indian Literature (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Introduces American Indian literatures from a variety of tribal perspectives as well as a wide range of genres including oratory, poetry, short stories, and novels. The major tropes and significant theories of American Indian literature will be covered. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 1106.
AMIN 2015 - Ojibwe History and Culture (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2115.
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Anishinabe, Ojibwe, and Chippewa. Origins and lifestyle; relationship between traditional and contemporary times. Emphasis on Minnesota. Through spring 2015 this course will carry Liberal Education Cultural Diversity credit and effective fall 2015 it will carry Liberal Education Sustainability credit. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2115.
AMIN 2103 - Intermediate Ojibwe I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Speaking basic Ojibwe sentences and paragraphs at fluent level so listener can understand speaking pattern context. Ability to write and read Ojibwe language proficiently. prereq: 1104 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 2203.
AMIN 2104 - Intermediate Ojibwe II (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Speaking basic Ojibwe sentences and paragraphs at fluent level so listener can understand speaking pattern context. Ability to write and read Ojibwe language proficiently. prereq: 2103 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 2204.
AMIN 2210 - American Indian Politics: Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights (LE CAT6, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Introduces critical terms and issues facing American Indian nations in their relationships with federal and state governments as well as their own conceptions of nationhood and law by critically analyzing the principal actors and discussing the roles national mythologies, media, identity, and activism play in law and policy formation. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2110.
AMIN 2405 - American Indian Families and Society (LE CAT8, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Indigenous North American families before European contact; impact of contact, events and governmental policies upon family structure and survival: Native parenting past and present; current issues for American Indian families.
AMIN 2407 - Boarding Schools and Beyond: A History of American Indian Education (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Explores the diverse experiences American Indians have had in the U.S. educational system from federal boarding schools to contemporary public schools and tribal colleges. Students will be exposed to rhetorical and political aspects of education. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2707.
AMIN 2605 - Survey of American Indian Arts (LE CAT9, FINE ARTS, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Traditional arts of American Indians and the cultures that produced them; techniques, motifs, and aesthetics of Indian textiles and utilitarian and ceremonial arts. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2105.
AMIN 2801 - Introduction to Tribal Administration and Governance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02254 - AMIN 2801/TAG 2801
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will provide an overview of tribal administration and governance. It will introduce students to principles of tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and self-governance. Students will learn the significance of tribal constitutions, tribal jurisdiction and tribal laws. Students will be introduced to the interaction of federal, state, and tribal governments and how these interactions impact the governance of Native Nations. Students will be introduced to a variety of tribal government systems, and some common practices and problems in the administration of a tribal government.
AMIN 2820 - Foundations of Indigenous Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02255 - AMIN 2820/TAG 2820
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Foundations of Indigenous Leadership is an historical survey of indigenous leaders with special emphasis on the Great Lakes region. By examining the histories of indigenous leaders and communities we will explore what makes for effective indigenous leaders. The role of traditional ethics in leadership will be a central theme of the course.
AMIN 3206 - Federal Indian Policy (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of the formulation, implementation, evolution, and comparison of Indian policy from pre-colonial to self-governance. Introduces students to the theoretical approaches structuring research of federal Indian policy, views, and attitudes of the policy-makers and reaction of indigenous nations. Discussion of the policies and the impact related to those policies. prereq: minimum 30 credits; this course previously titled: Indian-White Relations; credit will not be granted if already received for 3106.
AMIN 3230 - American Indian Tribal Government and Law (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02189
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
American Indian tribal governments and leadership, historically and today, have aimed at the promotion and protection of the nation, overseen domestic and foreign affairs, and provided for the basic needs and desires of their citizens. This course provides students a general background of the history, development, structure, and politics associated with indigenous governments, analyzing how these institutions have been modified to meet ever-changing internal needs and external pressures. prereq: minimum 30 credits
AMIN 3393 - Projects in American Indian Studies
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed reading, research, or involvement in social action culminating in the preparation of a paper. prereq: instructor consent; maximum 10 credits
AMIN 3410 - Fur Trade in Canada and the United States (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Historical review and analysis of Canadian and U.S. Indians in the fur trades. prereq: minimum 30 credits
AMIN 3420 - American Indians in Sports (LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
The role of sports and games in Native tradition and tribal sovereignty; development of individual and tribal self-determination; indigenous and adapted games and sports integration of tribal epistemologies into sports; Native sports figures and leaders; history of Native sports pre-Contact through the present. prereq: 30 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for 3110.
AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course fosters a consideration of the planet's indigenous peoples, emphasizing their various and varying cultural, territorial, political, social, legal, aesthetic, economic, and intellectual contributions and claims. Exploring indigenous peoples' relationships with one another, with settler governments, with non-governmental organizations, and with supranational institutions, students in the course will develop a broad understanding of the increasingly global trajectories of indigenous studies.
AMIN 3450 - American Indian Women (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
American Indian women in tribal societies before and after European contact; Indian women as stewards of knowledge, tradition, and society; impact of colonization; traditional and contemporary female leadership. prereq: minimum 30 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for 3250.
AMIN 3620 - Ojibwe Literatures: Sovereignty and Survivance (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Study of a selection of Ojibwe literatures from the 1800s to the present including traditional stories, poetry, political/activist writings, journalism, novels and short stories. Works will reflect the diversity, resistance, adaptation, and survivance of Ojibwe people. prereq: 1106, 1606; 30 credits; Credit will not be granted if already received for 3520.
AMIN 3660 - American Indian Novel (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Approximately four novels by American Indian authors are read with an explanation of the novels and the milieu that produced them. Credit will not be granted if already received for 3260.
AMIN 3810 - Fundamentals of Tribal Strategic Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02256
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the theory and practice of strategic planning and management for tribal governments, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, collaborations, and tribal communities.
AMIN 3820 - Fundamentals of Tribal Project Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02257
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course covers the processes of project management based upon the Project Management Institute (PMI) standards and knowledge areas. By the completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of project management terms and techniques such as: the triple constraint of project management and project management knowledge areas. They will also have have the tools and techniques of project management such as: selection methods; work breakdown structures; Gantt charts, network diagrams, critical path analysis; cost estimates; earned value management; and motivation theory and team building.
AMIN 3995 - Special Topics: (Various Title to be Assigned)
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of topics not included in regular curriculum. prereq: minimum 30 credits
AMIN 4230 - Introduction to Federal Indian Law (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02191
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Federal Indian law has had a profound effect on our lives, liberties, and properties of indigenous peoples. At times, U.S. policy and Supreme Court ruling shave worked to protect aboriginal rights, while at other times they have had devastating consequences. This course examines the role of the U.S. Supreme Court as a policy-making institution in their dealings with Indigenous nations, requiring us to ask about the origins of federal judicial power and their application indigenous peoples. prereq: minimum 60 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for AMIN 3333; no grad credit
AMIN 4240 - American Indian Education Policy Development in the 20th Century (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02322 - AMIN 4240/EDUC 4081
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of educational policies for American Indian people through the 20th Century and examines shifts in educational policy the impact of such policy and how American Indians reacted to the nature of education programs and sought to reform schools to better meet tribal and community needs.Features of American Indian education policy development such as the relationship and role of research and science, public perceptions of American Indians, Indian activism, and tribal and community involvement in educational policy will be discussed and analyzed. A number of policy themes will be explored such as language and culture, self- determination and control, expansion of education opportunities and the well being of American Indian children and youth through the statutory and programmatic iterations of these themes. The focus will be on cultural pluralism and the importance of education today that support American Indian/Alaska Native self- determination, identity and cultural integrity. Minimum 60 cr, no grad cr; credit will not be granted if already received for EDUC 4081/5081
AMIN 4250 - American Indian Diplomacy: Treaties, Compacts, and Agreements (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02192
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Indigenous Nations have long engaged in diplomatic arrangements with one another, foreign nations, colonial/state governments, and the United States. Such political engagements affirm the inherent sovereignty of First Nations, recognizing the distinctive rights and power unique to Native peoples and were used to forge friendships, end wars, cede lands and resources, create reservations, and reserve hunting and fishing rights. This course examines the history of First Nations treaty making, the legal and political status of Indian treaties and agreement, the ambiguities and problems in indigenous-state diplomacy and treaty litigation. prereq: minimum 60 credits, no grad credit
AMIN 4630 - American Indians and the Media (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of Native controlled and non-Native images of American Indians in varied media including journalism, television, and advertising from the times of European contact to the present. Explorations and comparisons of historic images with the contemporary. Students will participate in a hands-on media watch research project. prereq: minimum 60 credits; no grad credit
AMIN 4640 - American Indians in the Movies (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Indian Country at the beginning of the film era; government Indian policies during the film era; silent film; war and romance; westerns; Indian and White heroes and heroines; stereotypes; modern Native-made film. prereq: 60 credits; no grad cr
AMIN 4810 - Best Practices in Tribal Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02258
Prerequisites: no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines fundamental business "best practices" in accounting, economics, operations, organizational management, statistics, financial management, marketing, and human resources within the specific context of Tribal enterprises and government. prereq: no grad credit
AMIN 4840 - Current Issues and Opportunities in Tribal Administration and Governance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02259
Prerequisites: no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will study central issues and opportunities for tribal governments and consider innovative administrative/governance approaches. New Supreme Court cases, Congressional Acts and administrative policies provide new issues for tribal governments to react to and possibly may require a change to their administrative approaches to policy matters. Examples include Supreme Court decisions which have reduced tribal jurisdiction or Acts of Congress, such as the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which changes or enhances health care delivery. Students will learn the significance of how external decisions by the federal or state government might impact tribal decision making. Students will also learn how enhancement and improvements to tribal constitutions or laws may benefit tribal members, communities as well as the surrounding non-Indian communities. Students will learn how problems can become opportunities, and how jurisdictional challenges require agile, innovative approaches by Native Nations. prereq: no grad credit