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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
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  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the coordinator(s) of American Indian Studies. The American Indian Studies major is designed to enhance a student's awareness and his or her overall knowledge about sovereignty and the diversity of Indigenous cultures throughout all of Native North America. Majors 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)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Students develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their major adviser. 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 major requirements. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major 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
With approval of the American Indian Studies coordinator(s), a capstone course in a different major may be substituted for AMIN 4901 if it contains primary American Indian content (e.g., ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature).
AMIN 1101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
AMIN 4901 - Senior Project in American Indian Studies (4.0 cr)
ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
NOTE: Engl 3311 is the preferred literature course.
ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
HIST 2251 - American Indians and the United States: A History [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Students must complete at least 20 credits from the electives listed below, subject to the following restrictions: 1. Courses are exclusive of any used to complete the required courses. 2. At least 12 credits must be from Primary American Indian Studies. 3. No more than 4 credits of directed studies (X993) may be applied to the major. 4. No more than 3 credits of ARTS 1050 may be applied to the major. 5. No more than 8 credits of American Indigenous languages may be applied to the major.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
Primary American Indian Studies Electives
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1801 - American Indian Song and Dance [IC] (2.0 cr)
· AMIN 1803 - From Boarding Schools to Hip-Hop: Native Modernities [IC] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 2211 - First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs [HDIV] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2252 - Comparative Indigenous History: Beyond Native America [HIST] (4.0 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 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2252 - Comparative Indigenous History: Beyond Native America [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 3614 - Race and Ethnicity in Latin America [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· Primary American Indian Studies Electives, Indigenous Languages
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)
· Related American Indian Studies
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ARTS 1050 - Beginning Ceramics [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
· CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2451 - The American West [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3542 - Multicultural Psychology [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality [HDIV] (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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AMIN 1101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introduction to American Indian histories, literature and other creative endeavors, and cultures. An interdisciplinary course emphasizing sovereignty, effects of government policies, and diversity of American Indian societies.
AMIN 4901 - Senior Project in American Indian Studies
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101, AmIn major, #
Typically offered: Every Fall
A culminating research project in American Indian Studies. prereq: 1101, AmIn major, instr consent
ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representations of American Indians in American popular and academic culture including literature, films, and sports. Particular attention given to how Indian identity, history, and cultures are represented in pop culture by non-Indians and, more recently, Indians themselves. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of American Indian literature written in English. Particular attention given to language, identity, land, and sovereignty. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or #, or AmIn major
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Comparative study of indigenous literature and film from North America, New Zealand, and Australia with particular emphasis given to issues of political and cultural sovereignty, cultural appropriation, self-representation, and colonial nostalgia. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent, or AmIn major
HIST 2251 - American Indians and the United States: A History (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The experience of the original Americans and their interaction with later immigrants.
AMIN 1801 - American Indian Song and Dance (IC)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: new college student in the first semester of enrollment at UMM
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An academic and active exploration of song and dance traditions from American Indian tribes. prereq: new college student in the first semester of enrollment at UMM
AMIN 1803 - From Boarding Schools to Hip-Hop: Native Modernities (IC)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Explore and critically analyze popular representations of Native people as separate from modern American society. Readings and assignments address how indigenous communities have confounded non-Native expectations through participation in wage labor, migration, athletics, and popular media during the long 20th century. prereq: new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM
AMIN 2211 - First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs (HDIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of the foundational values and spiritual beliefs of Native Americans from around North America. prereq: instr consent
AMIN 2252 - Comparative Indigenous History: Beyond Native America (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02307 - Hist 2252/AmIn 2252
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Same as Hist 2252. Explore indigenous experiences with settler colonialism in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and sub-Saharan Africa. With special attention to issues of race, labor, gender, education, and movements for decolonization, place the indigenous histories of Morris and Minnesota within a global context. [Note: no credit for students who have received credit for AmIn 1701 or Hist 1701]
AMIN 2801 - Anishinaabe Song and Dance: An Exploration of Song and Dance, Traditions and Practices (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1011 or #
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Exploration of the language and culture of Anishinaabe song and dance traditions in historical and contemporary times. Learn the deeper meaning and different styles of the ceremonial practices of the Anishinaabe people, which include learning how to make hand drums and studying traditional dance societies and belief systems. prereq: 1011 or instr consent
AMIN 2993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
AMIN 3201 - Oceti Sakowin: Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota History and Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
An interdisciplinary introduction to the history, culture, and sovereignty of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. Introduction to and discussion of the history and culture of the Oceti Sakowin with focus on contemporary issues in Indian Country.
AMIN 3202 - Indigenous Landscapes (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of the importance of land to global indigenous populations beyond the United States: the Maori, Aboriginal Australians, and the Polynesian, Asian, and African peoples. Students investigate contemporary political movements, activism, and art forms employed by indigenous communities to maintain their life-ways and sovereignty.
AMIN 3211 - Connecting Archaeology and Native America (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Explore the theory and methods of archaeological research from the beginning of the discipline to today's new directions in the field. Apply the archaeology skills learned in class during a two-week summer archaeological dig gaining valuable hands-on experience in excavation. [Note: a two-week summer archaeological dig is required] prereq: instr consent
AMIN 3213 - Indigenous Thought and Knowledge (HDIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to both historical and contemporary forms of indigenous thought in North America. In particular, focus is on the issues of "knowing differently" and of what indigenous thinkers call "the spiritual dimension" of their thought. prereq: instr consent
AMIN 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1111 or 2103
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The archaeology of the societies located in the current United States and Canada prior to European colonization. Includes the earliest human colonization of North America (circa 12,000 years ago), early hunting and gathering societies, the development of agriculture, and the formation of complex chiefdoms. Emphasis on the diversity of cultures, languages, economies, and environments found throughout precontact North America. prereq: 1111 or 2103
ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or #, or AmIn major
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Comparative study of indigenous literature and film from North America, New Zealand, and Australia with particular emphasis given to issues of political and cultural sovereignty, cultural appropriation, self-representation, and colonial nostalgia. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent, or AmIn major
ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of tricksters and conjurers in American Indian and African American literature, in particular their ability to maintain traditional practices and subvert the dominant culture and imposed cultural norms. Special attention given to cultural and historical contexts and questions of power, identity, cultural difference, and assimilation. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
HIST 2252 - Comparative Indigenous History: Beyond Native America (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02307 - Hist 2252/AmIn 2252
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Same as AmIn 2252. Explore indigenous experiences with settler colonialism in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and sub-Saharan Africa. With special attention to issues of race, labor, gender, education, and movements for decolonization, place the indigenous histories of Morris and Minnesota within a global context. [Note: no credit for students who have received credit for AmIn 1701 or Hist 1701]
HIST 3304 - Race, Class, and Gender in American History (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The themes of race, class, and gender are explored in-depth throughout the semester. Students gain a new awareness about historiography and theories that highlight this growing subfield of American history. Prominent topics covered in lecture and readings include colonization, slavery, suffrage, immigration, sovereignty, labor, ghettoization, art, literature, culture, and the rise of self-determination. Study the intersection of race, class, and gender relations through multiple perspectives of region, ideology, political-economy, and religion.
HIST 3359 - Native Strategies for Survival, 1880-1920 (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Exploration of the events and policies that sought to eliminate American Indian communities and cultures and the strategies that American Indians developed to survive. Students gain insight into a pivotal time for the "incorporation" of the United States and ongoing tensions between unity and diversity that characterize the nation's political economy and social structure. Paradoxes under scrutiny include the degree to which policies claiming to emancipate actually imprisoned and prisons became homelands.
HIST 3614 - Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explore issues of race and ethnicity in Latin America from a historical perspective. Covering the colonial and national periods, examine how ideas of race and ethnicity have intersected with political, economic, and socio-cultural developments in the region. Consider the ways in which race, class, and gender have intersected in Latin America.
AMIN 1001 - Beginning Dakota Language I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introduction to speaking, writing, and reading Dakota language and an overview of Dakota culture.
AMIN 1002 - Beginning Dakota Language II (FL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1001 or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
A continuation of 1001 with greater emphasis on conversation and culture. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
AMIN 1011 - Beginning Anishinaabe Language I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introduction to speaking, writing, and reading Anishinaabe language and an overview of Anishinaabe culture.
AMIN 1012 - Beginning Anishinaabe Language II (FL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1011
Typically offered: Every Spring
A continuation of 1011 with greater emphasis on conversation and culture. prereq: 1011
AMIN 2011 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language I (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1012 or placement or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Review of the essential structural patterns of the Anishinaabe language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 1012 or placement or instr consent
AMIN 2012 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language II (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2011 or placement or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Review of the essential structural patterns of the Anishinaabe language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 2011 or placement or instr consent
ARTS 1050 - Beginning Ceramics (ART/P)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Personal expression through the medium of clay. Topics include forming methods using stoneware and porcelain (hand building and wheel techniques), glazing, the nature of clay, glaze chemistry, firing, and kilns. [Note: materials fee required]
CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of intercultural communication from an interpersonal and group perspective. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of literatures by African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
HIST 2451 - The American West (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01839 - Hist 3451/Hist 2451
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Overview of the history of the American West up to the 21st century. While many scholars have argued that the "West" was merely a necessary process of national expansion, others argue that it is a very significant region--the most culturally and ecologically diverse region in the country. Discussion of these major historical interpretations of the American West and examination of how people have understood this vast region as a cultural icon of national identity. Work through various definitions of the West and identify how political issues of the environment, international borderlands, and gender and race relations have significantly influenced the United States for many generations. Through lectures, readings, and discussion, examine Western history chronologically while also covering other major themes including federalism, the mythic West, tourism, ranching and agriculture, urban and suburban areas, film, and religion.
PSY 3542 - Multicultural Psychology (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01335 - Psy 3541/Psy 3542
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theoretical and methodological approaches to multicultural psychology. Multicultural psychology is the systematic study of behavior, cognition, and affect settings where people of different backgrounds interact. Exploration of these interactions both within and outside of the United States. Topics may include worldviews, communication styles, acculturation, prejudice, white privilege, identity development, physical and mental health, and multicultural competencies. prereq: 1051
SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Patterns of group dominance, exploitation, and hate in the United States and globally. Emphasis on sexism, racism, and classism with some attention to other systems of oppression such as heterosexism and ageism. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduces students to the sociological study of gender and sexuality. Focuses on gender difference and gender inequality. Analyzes the changing roles, opportunities, and expectations of women and men as their societies (and subsequently, gender relations and power) undergo change in today's world. Following a theoretical overview, examines how gender and sexuality affect everyday experiences. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent