Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies

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The Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor that includes courses from a variety of programs like Anthropology, English, History, Sociology. It includes a focus on both North American Indigenous Populations, as well as Indigenous Populations on other continents. The minor is open to all NDSU students who wish to combine the study of the subject with their major.

The Program

The requirements of the minor are flexible to allow students to create a program most beneficial to them. There is one required introductory course. To complete the other credits required for the 18 credit hour minor, students may choose from offerings in a variety of topics including Education, History, Literature, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies, among others. We are also happy to consider any Native American or Indigenous Studies courses you would like to transfer for credit.

Minor Requirements:

Introductory Course (3 Credits):

Tips 101 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies

Electives (15 Credits):

ANTH 445      Archaeology of Native North America

ANTH 446      Latin America & Carribean: Afro-Latino/as, Gender, Indigeneity 

ANTH 491      SEMINAR: Community-Based and Indigenous Archaeologies

ANTH 491      SEMINAR: Indigenous Peoples and Cultures of the Upper-Midwest

EDUC 489     Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds

ENGL 474      Native American Literature 

HIST 431       The North American Plains   

HIST 436       American Frontier to 1850

HIST 473       Colonial Mexico

HIST 475       Aztec, Maya, and Inca

SPAN 331     Introduction to Spanish American Civilization and Culture

For further information:

Contact Dr. Christopher M. Whitsel,  Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology