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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 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
American Indian Studies is dedicated to advancing awareness and understanding of the histories and contemporary experiences of American Indian people. The program focuses on the native peoples of the United States and Canada, but also draws on the experiences of indigenous peoples from other parts of the world.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a bachelor of arts or a minor in American Indian studies, but not both.
Minor Courses
A course that has fulfilled the foundation course requirement cannot also fulfill the electives requirement.
Foundation Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1001 - American Indian Peoples in the United States [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1002 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1003 - American Indians in Minnesota [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1001 - American Indian Peoples in the United States [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1003 - American Indians in Minnesota [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3143 - Language in American Indian Culture and Society (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3312 - American Indian Environmental Issues and Ecological Perspectives [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3501 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3701 - Ojibwe Culture and History [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3711 - Dakota Culture and History [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4511 - American Indian Political Economy (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1002 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
or POL 1019 - Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3201W - American Indian Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3301 - American Indian Philosophies [AH, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or RELS 3321 - American Indian Philosophies [AH, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 3303 - American Indians and Photography [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
AMIN 5303 - American Indians and Photography [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3402 - American Indians and the Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5402 - American Indians and the Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3412 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3871 - American Indian History: Pre-Contact to 1830 [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3871 - American Indian History: Pre-Contact to 1830 [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3872 - American Indian History: 1830 to the Present [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3872 - American Indian History: 1830 to the Present [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AAS 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4501 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights (3.0 cr)
or POL 4507 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4525W - Federal Indian Policy [WI] (3.0 cr)
or POL 4525W - Federal Indian Policy [WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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AMIN 1001 - American Indian Peoples in the United States (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to how voices/visions of indigenous peoples have contributed to history of cultural expression in North America. Historic contexts/varieties of this expression by region, tribal cultures. Emphasizes contributions in literature, philosophy, politics, fine arts.
AMIN 1002 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00283 - AmIn 1002/Pol 1019
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Colonial experiences of selected indigenous peoples in Americas, Euroasia, Pacific Rim.
AMIN 1003 - American Indians in Minnesota (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History, culture, and lived experience of American Indian people in Minnesota. Self-representation and histories of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Dakota peoples through film, music, oral traditions, and written texts. Work by non-Indian scholars focuses on cultural, philosophical, and linguistic perspectives of Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples.
AMIN 1001 - American Indian Peoples in the United States (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to how voices/visions of indigenous peoples have contributed to history of cultural expression in North America. Historic contexts/varieties of this expression by region, tribal cultures. Emphasizes contributions in literature, philosophy, politics, fine arts.
AMIN 1003 - American Indians in Minnesota (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History, culture, and lived experience of American Indian people in Minnesota. Self-representation and histories of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Dakota peoples through film, music, oral traditions, and written texts. Work by non-Indian scholars focuses on cultural, philosophical, and linguistic perspectives of Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples.
AMIN 3143 - Language in American Indian Culture and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth 3143/AmIn 3143
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Survey of North American indigenous languages in social/cultural contexts, from before European contact to present.
AMIN 3312 - American Indian Environmental Issues and Ecological Perspectives (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
American Indian environmental issues in U.S./Canada. Analysis of social, political, economic, legal forces/institutions. Colonial histories/tribal sovereignty.
AMIN 3501 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3501/Pol 3701
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
History, development, structure, politics of American Indian Governments. North American indigenous societies from pre-colonial times to present. Evolution of aboriginal governments confronted/affected by colonizing forces of European/Euro-American states. Bearing of dual citizenship on nature/powers of tribal governments in relation to states, federal government.
AMIN 3701 - Ojibwe Culture and History (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ojibwe culture, history, and traditions, including philosophy, religion, and lifestyle. Students develop an appreciation for the values and belief systems of traditional Indian people.
AMIN 3711 - Dakota Culture and History (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Dakota culture, language, history, literature. Contemporary issues, the arts.
AMIN 4511 - American Indian Political Economy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Sources, nature, consequences of social/economic development/change in Indian communities. Precontact Indian communities. Effect of European contact. Social movements into 20th century, including phenomenon of urban Indian communities. prereq: 1001
AMIN 1002 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00283 - AmIn 1002/Pol 1019
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Colonial experiences of selected indigenous peoples in Americas, Euroasia, Pacific Rim.
POL 1019 - Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 1002/Pol 1019
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Colonial experiences of selected indigenous peoples in Americas, Euroasia, Pacific Rim.
AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02266
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative studies of oral traditions, modern literature from various tribal cultures.
ENGL 3201W - American Indian Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02266
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative studies of oral traditions and modern literature from various tribal cultures.
AMIN 3301 - American Indian Philosophies (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01620
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
World views of indigenous people of Americas. Topics include native medicines/healing practices, ceremonies/ritual, governance, ecology, humor, tribal histories, status of contemporary native people.
RELS 3321 - American Indian Philosophies (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01620
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
World views of indigenous people of Americas. Topics include native medicines/healing practices, ceremonies/ritual, governance, ecology, humor, tribal histories, status of contemporary native people.
AMIN 3303 - American Indians and Photography (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3303/5303
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Historical/comparative overview of photos in which American Indian people are central subjects. Primary features of images in American Indian photos. Relationships among those involved in making/viewing photos. Ways in which photos are interpreted. Relation of photos to social contexts in which they are produced and to agencies of those who stand behind their making.
AMIN 5303 - American Indians and Photography (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3303/5303
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Historical/comparative overview of photos in which American Indian people are central subjects. Primary features of images in American Indian photos. Relationships among those involved in making/viewing photos. Ways in which photos are interpreted. Relation of photos to social contexts in which they are produced and to agencies of those who stand behind their making.
AMIN 3402 - 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 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 3409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00746 - AmIn 3409/AmIn5409/GWSS 3412
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Comparative survey of ethnographic/ethnohistorical writings by/about American Indian women.
AMIN 5409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Comparative survey of ethnographic/ethnohistorical writings by/about American Indian women.
GWSS 3412 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00746
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Comparative survey of ethnographic/ethnohistorical writings by/about American Indian women.
AMIN 3871 - American Indian History: Pre-Contact to 1830 (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn/Hist 3871
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
American Indian history from the era of ancient Native America to the removal era. Social, cultural, political, and economic diversity of Native American peoples and Native American experiences with European colonialism.
HIST 3871 - American Indian History: Pre-Contact to 1830 (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn/Hist 3871
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to American Indian history from ancient native America to the removal era. Focuses on the social, cultural, political, and economic diversity of Native American peoples and Native American experiences with European colonialism.
AMIN 3872 - American Indian History: 1830 to the Present (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn/Hist 3872
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Focus on the impact of federal Indian policy on American Indian cultures and societies, and on American Indian culture change.
HIST 3872 - American Indian History: 1830 to the Present (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn/Hist 3872
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Focus on the impact of federal Indian policy on American Indian cultures and societies, and on American Indian culture change.
AAS 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013 - Afro 4231/AmIn 4231/Chic 4231
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
AMIN 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013 - Afro 4231/AmIn 4231/Chic 4231
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
CHIC 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of the structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
AMIN 4501 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01844 - AmIn 4501/Pol 4507
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
History of American Indian law and the post-contact effects of colonial and U.S. law on American Indians through the 20th century. prereq: 1001
POL 4507 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01844 - AmIn 4501/Pol 4507
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
History of American Indian law and the post-contact effects of colonial and U.S. law on American Indians through the 20th century.
AMIN 4525W - Federal Indian Policy (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00285 - Pol 4525/AmIn 4525
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Formulation, implementation, evolution, comparison of Indian policy from pre-colonial times to self-governance new millennium. Theoretical approaches to federal Indian policy. Major federal Indian policies. Views/attitudes of policy-makers, reactions of indigenous nations to policies. Effect of bodies of literature related to policies.
POL 4525W - Federal Indian Policy (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4525/AmIn 4525
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Formulation, implementation, evolution, comparison of Indian policy from pre-colonial times to self-governance of new millennium. Theoretical approaches to federal Indian policy. Major federal Indian policies. Views/attitudes of policy-makers, reactions of indigenous nations to policies. Effect of bodies of literature on policies.