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American Indian Studies Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
The American Indian Studies minor 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. Minors 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)
Minor Requirements
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 minor requirements. Courses may not be taken S-N unless S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor 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
AMIN 1101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
Electives
Students must complete at least 16 credits from the electives below, subject to the following restrictions: 1. Students must have at least one course from two of the disciplines below. 2. No more than 4 credits of directed studies (X993) may be applied to the minor. 3. No more than 8 credits of an American Indigenous language may apply to the minor.
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
· 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)
· ANTH 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2251 - American Indians and the United States: A History [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2252 - Comparative Indigenous History: Beyond Native America [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2451 - The American West [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)
· ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· 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)
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 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
ANTH 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individualized on- or off-campus research project or other learning activity not covered in the regular anthropology curriculum. Topic determined by the student and instructor.
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 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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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