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American Indian and Indigenous Studies Minor

American Indian Studies
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of American Indian Studies, 19 Scott Hall, 72 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455, phone 612-624-1338
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Grounded by a strong commitment to the worlds, histories, representations, and political struggles of Indigenous peoples locally and globally, the intellectual project of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) uses interdisciplinary methods of critical inquiry as a means through which students engage research and scholarship in their major fields of study. An AIIS minor is composed of graduate course work with core and affiliated Indigenous studies faculty in the Department of American Indian Studies and other departments. Students receive foundational training in one of three required courses: Indigenous Critical Theory, Problems in American Indian History, or American Colonialism and Indigenous Histories. In addition, students choose (in consultation with the director of graduate studies) from graduate courses in a range of disciplines committed to Indigenous studies to tailor their work to their own scholarly needs. The AIIS graduate minor strengthens student work in their major field of study as AIIS minors will learn how to best integrate American Indian and Indigenous Studies into their existing work as well as how to complement their research to include indigenous methodologies.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one elective course with an AMIN designator, under consultation with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies director of graduate studies.
Required Core Course (3 Credits)
Select one of three core courses, for at least 3 credits, from the following:
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 5920 - Topics in American Indian Studies (3.0 cr)
HIST 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 8890
or HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History (1.0-4.0 cr)
or AMST 5920
or AMST 5920
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Doctoral
Electives (9 Credits)
Take at least 9 credits from the following list. Courses from the core course list not used to meet that requirement can be taken as an elective.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 4532 - Vine Deloria, Jr.: A Renaissance Indigenous Figure (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4990 - Topics in American Indian Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· AMIN 5402 - American Indians and the Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 5409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4xxx
· AMIN 5xxx
· AMIN 8xxx
· ESCI 4602 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3.0 cr)
· CI 8645 - Indigenous Language Revitalization and Activist Research Methods (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8510 - Topics in Archaeology (3.0 cr)
 
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AMIN 5920 - Topics in American Indian Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Various topics in American Indian studies, depending upon instructor/semester.
HIST 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00952 - AmIn 5890/Hist 5890
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students in this course will read recently published scholarship in American Indian and Indigenous history that takes up pressing research questions, promises to push inquiry in new directions, and that theorizes important interventions in our thinking to understand where the field is situated and moving. Reflecting the instinctively interdisciplinary nature of American Indian and Indigenous history, readings will be drawn not just from the discipline of history but across other disciplines such as Anthropology, American Studies, Geography, Literature, Political Science, and Legal Studies. As well, readings will include scholarship that reaches out to embrace the Global Indigenous studies turn. prereq: Advanced undergrad with instr consent or grad student
AMIN 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00952 - AmIn 5890/Hist 5890
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students in this course will read recently published scholarship in American Indian and Indigenous history that takes up pressing research questions, promises to push inquiry in new directions, and that theorizes important interventions in our thinking to understand where the field is situated and moving. Reflecting the instinctively interdisciplinary nature of American Indian and Indigenous history, readings will be drawn not just from the discipline of history but across other disciplines such as Anthropology, American Studies, Geography, Literature, Political Science, and Legal Studies. As well, readings will include scholarship that reaches out to embrace the Global Indigenous studies turn. prereq: Advanced undergrad with instr consent or grad student
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in U.S. history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: Grad or advanced undergrad student with instr consent
AMIN 4532 - Vine Deloria, Jr.: A Renaissance Indigenous Figure
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth consideration of indigenous scholar and activist Vine Deloria Jr.'s intellectual works, and impacts on fields such as law, religion and theology, history, natural and social science, literary criticism, education, anthropology, paleontology, and political science. Students read, discuss, produce research on an aspect of Deloria's work.
AMIN 4990 - Topics in American Indian Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
AMIN 5402 - American Indians and the Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02486 - AmIn 3402/AmIn 5402
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Representations of American Indians in film, historically/contemporarily. What such representations assert about Native experience and cultural viability. What they reflect about particular relationships of power.
AMIN 5409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00746 - AmIn 3409/AmIn 5409
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Comparative survey of ethnographic/ethnohistorical writings by/about American Indian women.
ESCI 4602 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interpretation of origin of sedimentary rocks through application of basic physical/chemical principles. Modern depositional environments, petrographic microscopy, basin dynamics, stratigraphy. prereq: [2203, 2301] or instr consent
CI 8645 - Indigenous Language Revitalization and Activist Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course is a hands-on look at activist research methods situated in the context of Indigenous Language Revitalization. That is, what happens when a community problem is the organizing force in research? Students will be expected to both engage in language learning, research, designing a research project, and connecting this to critical thinking as applied to culture, language and indigenous language revitalization.
ANTH 8510 - Topics in Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar examines particular aspects of archaeological methods and/or theory. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests.