Indigenous Studies Minor

The minor in Indigenous Studies is designed to provide students with a focused program of study of the events, laws, policies, and treaties that have defined the relationship between the United States and Indigenous Nations and Peoples. This knowledge is essential to analysis of a broad variety of historical, political, religious, and social issues in the U.S.  Such issues are of paramount importance to ensure the students a solid grounding in the histories and cultures of the indigenous peoples of North America, while allowing them to gain disciplinary knowledge in preparation for graduate study or immediate employment in fields such as tribal or government service, museum/archival work, etc. 

Requirements for the Minor

Indigenous Studies Minor Course Requirements

The Indigenous Studies minor requires 18 hours of Indigenous Studies courses, of which 12 must be in courses numbered 300 or above, with a 2.0 grade-point average.
One course taken at Haskell Indian Nations University is strongly recommended.
(Courses must have 30% or more content focused on indigenous peoples, and be approved by the ISP Executive Committee.)

ISP courses approved for the minor include:
ANTH 379Indigenous Traditions of Latin America3
or LAA 334 Indigenous Traditions of Latin America
or LAA 634 Indigenous Traditions of Latin America
ANTH 410Archaeological Myths and Realities3
ANTH 501Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology: _____ (Contemporary Central America and Mexico)3
ANTH 506Ancient American Civilizations: Mesoamerica3
ANTH 508Ancient American Civilizations: The Central Andes3
ANTH 562Mexamerica3
or LAA 302 Topics in Latin American Area Studies:_____
or LAA 602 Topics in Latin American Studies: _____
ENGL 571American Indian Literature: _____3
FMS 410US Diversity in Visual Culture3
FMS 592Documentary Film and Video3
GEOG 370Introduction to Cultural Geography3
GEOG 395Environmental Issues of: _____ (The Wakarusa Wetlands)3
GEOG 570Geography of American Indians3
GEOG 571Topics in Cultural Geography: _____ (Cultural Geography: Indigenous Latin American People and Lands; Indigenous Cartographies)1-3
HIST 128History of the United States Through the Civil War3
HIST 331Atlantic Societies, 1450-1800: A Comparative History of European Colonization3
HIST 353Indigenous Peoples of North America3
ISP 305World Indigenous Literatures3
ISP/REL 330Native American Religions3
ISP/REL 331Native American Religions, Honors3
ISP/HUM 335Introduction to Indigenous Studies3
ISP 350/HIST 352/HUM 350American Indians Since 18653
ISP/HUM 490Roots of Federal Indian Policy3
ISP 504Topics in Indigenous Studies: _____ (Ethnobotany; Exploring Oceania; Foodways: Latin America; Foodways: North America; Structure of Kiowa)3
ISP 530Indigenous Food and Health3
ISP/GEOG 601Indigenous Peoples of the World3
ISP 614Decolonizing Narratives3
LING 441Field Methods in Linguistic Description3
LING 447North American Indian Languages3
LING 575The Structure of: _____ (Kaqchikel Maya I-IV; Quichua I-IV)3
POLS 684/GIST 750/501International Law: The State and the Individual3

Haskell courses taught through KU/Haskell Exchange program:
LA&S 110 Cherokee Language I
LA&S 120 Cherokee Language II
LA&S 204 Contemporary Issues American Indian
LA&S 206 Indian Law and Legislation
LA&S 208 Tribal/Federal Government Reltn
LA&S 230 Cherokee Language III
LA&S 240 Cherokee Language IV
LA&S 414 Ethnobiology
LA&S 450 Topics HINU Lakhota Language & Philosophy

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.