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The objective of the Indigenous Studies minor is to provide students with a deep understanding of the theoretical positions and practical applications central to Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The minor is dedicated to foundational knowledge and awareness of Indigenous scholarship, priorities and ways of engaging.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural experiences and knowledge production through theories and conceptual practices of Indigeneity; distinguish from stereotypical ideas and images and/or the abundance of misrepresentations.
  • Apply and explain central environmental approaches and paradigms of nature from Indigenous values, histories, norms, and contemporary engagements.
  • Integrate and demonstrate skills in the application of Indigeneity as it relates to kinship, gender, sexuality that include critical, creative, concise and accessible comprehension.
  • Assess and conduct research on historical and contemporary policy/law in written and oral content that include relevant application and accessible comprehension.
  • Analyze research from Indigenous methodological perspectives. Describe the dissemination of knowledge from Indigenous scholarship paradigms.

Effective Fall 2020

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Required Courses:
ETST 240Indigenous Cultural Experience (GT-AH2)3
ETST 441Indigenous Knowledges3
Emphasis Areas:
Environment and Culture (Select one course from the following):3
Global Environmental Justice Movements
Development in Indian Country
Native American Literature
Gender (Select one course from the following):3
Queer Indigenous Studies
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes
Indigenous Consciousness and Gender
History, Law, and Policy (Select one course from the following):3
Native American History (GT-HI1)
Contemporary Indigenous Issues
Federal Indian Law and Policy
Select a minimum of 6 credits not taken previously from any of the above emphasis areas6
Program Total Credits:21