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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 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
This minor 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, the department promotes an awareness for and understanding of tribal sovereignty and self-determination. The department 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 (6 cr)
Take 2 course(s) from the following:
AMIN 1001 - Introduction to American Indian Studies [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 1010 - American Indian Experience to 1900 [LE CAT, LECD C, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 1020 - American Indian Experiences: 1900-present [LE CAT, LECD C, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 1103 - Beginning Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 2820 - Foundations of Indigenous Leadership (3.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Students must take 4 courses. 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 must be taken for at least 3 credits at the 3xxx level or higher. Students have the option to take all 12 credits from AMIN 3xxx level or higher. AMIN 3997 and 4990 do not count towards this requirement.
Optional Lower Division
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 2405 - American Indian Families and Society [LE CAT, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2605 - Survey of American Indian Arts [LE CAT, FINE ARTS, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2801 - Introduction to Tribal Administration and Governance (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1xxx-2xxx
Required Upper Division
Take 1 - 4 course(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 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 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 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 - Business Processes in Tribal Administration (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4840 - Current Issues and Opportunities in Tribal Administration and Governance (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3xxx-4xxx
· Optional Experience
Take 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3393 - Projects in American Indian Studies (1.0-5.0 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 CAT, LECD C, 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 CAT, LECD C, 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 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 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]
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 2405 - American Indian Families and Society (LE CAT, 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 2605 - Survey of American Indian Arts (LE CAT, 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 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 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]
Course Equivalencies: 02633
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
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 - AMIN 4230/TAG 4230
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
AMIN 4250 - American Indian Diplomacy: Treaties, Compacts, and Agreements (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02192 - AMIN 4250/TAG 4250
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
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
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
AMIN 4810 - Business Processes in Tribal Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02258 - AMIN 4810/TAG 4810
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.
AMIN 4840 - Current Issues and Opportunities in Tribal Administration and Governance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02259 - AMIN 4840/TAG 4840
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will explore contemporary issues, challenges, and opportunities for tribal governments and consider innovative administrative/governance approaches. The significance of how external decisions by the federal or state government might impact tribal decision making will be examined.
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 experiential learning activity such as involvement in social action; work plan and assignments must be approved by instructor. prereq: instructor consent; maximum 10 credits