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Native American Studies Minor

The Native American Studies minor is interdisciplinary, designed to provide undergraduates with an enhanced understanding of the culture, history, language, literature, and arts of Native Peoples of the Americas. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours that are to be selected from the university’s offerings on these topics and organized to reflect each individual student’s interests. Through coursework in Native American Studies, students may prepare themselves for careers in teaching, government, the media, health care, business, law, and the arts, among others. The requirements for Native American Studies minor are listed below.

Successful completion of the Native American Studies minor consists of satisfying all course requirements.


Associated Faculty

Sandra Charlson (Art and Design) - Allyn Rm 103

Gray H. Whaley* (History) - Faner Hall Rm 3374

* Native American Studies Advisor & Contact person


Course Requirements

Course Requirements: 18 credit hours, including 6 hours of required core courses and 12 hours of electives, of which 3 hours may be selected from a special interest or related course; for example, Africana Studies.


Required Core Courses:

One of:

ANTH 310e/470e:       Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of South America

ANTH 310i/470i:         Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica

ANTH 310j/470j:         Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of the Andes

ANTH 310k/470k:       Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of the Native Southwest

One of:

HIST 366:                    American Indian History


Electives:

Electives can be chosen from the following (note that some have prerequisites or restrictions):

Anthropology (ANTH)
  • 201 Archaeology of Illinois
  • 205 Latin American Civilization
  • 206 Latin American Popular Culture
  • 302 Indians of the Americas
  • 310e/470e Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of South America
  • 310i/470i Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica
  • 310j/470j Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of the Andes
  • 310k/470k Introduction to Peoples and Cultures of the Native Southwest
  • 328a/428a Indigenous Languages of the Americas: North America
  • 328b/428b Indigenous Languages of the Americas: Mesoamerica
  • 328c/428c Indigenous Languages of the Americas: South America
  • 420 Mayan Texts
  • 424 Native American Verbal Art
  • 430A Archaeology of North America
  • 430B Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • 430E Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands
  • 430F Archaeology of South America
Art & Design (AD)
  • 317I Contemporary Native American Art
  • 428 Native North American Art
  • 468 Pre-Columbian Art
English (ENGL)
  • 332 Folktales and Mythology
History (HIST)
  • 361 Race and History in the United States
  • 403 American Indians and U.S. Empire
Sociology (SOC)
  • 215 Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States