for the Undergraduate Minor in American Indian Studies
American Indian Studies (AIS) prepares students in a range of methodologies, theories, technologies, and teaching approaches that compliments a thorough undergraduate education.
Specifically, an undergraduate minor is designed to assist students in preparing for graduate school or for careers in a variety of pursuits including public and business administration, education, public relations, marketing, politics, and government, especially as they relate to American Indian and Native American constituencies. Career opportunities also exist in agencies such as Indian Health Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Land Management.
For many, AIS is an ideal minor that presents a critical and intellectual foundation for success in an increasingly challenging world.
American Indian Studies (AIS) is an interdisciplinary program with four subject areas:
- Culture, Identity, Ethics, and Community
- Sovereignty, Governance, and Politics
- Literature, Language, and Performance
- Colonialism, Decolonization, and Indigeneity
The courses chosen must form a coherent program of study and be approved by an AIS advisor.
|AIS 101||Intro to Amer Indian Studies||3|
|AIS 102||Contemp Issues in Ind Country||3|
|Subject Area Courses|
|Students must complete 12 hours selected from 3 of the 4 subject areas.||12|
Culture, Identity, Ethics, and Community
|Native Religious Traditions|
|Lang & Culture Native North Am|
|American Indians of Illinois|
Sovereignty, Governance, and Politics
|US Citizenship Comparatively|
|Encounters in Native America|
|Native American History|
|Intro to Federal Indian Policy|
Literature, Language, and Performance
|Intro to American Indian Lit|
|Am Indian and Indigenous Film|
|Politics in Children's Lit|
|Topics in American Indian Lit|
|Politics of Popular Culture|
Colonialism, Decolonization, and Indigeneity
|History of American Indian Education|
Only three courses (9 hours total) at the 100-level may be counted toward the minor. Students also are required to complete two courses (6 hours) at the 300- or 400-level. These advanced course credits must be distinct from credit earned for the student’s major or another minor