Native American Studies

In Native American Studies, you will study and research the historical experience, cultural traditions, innovations and political status of American Indians. Through coursework, you will explore the impact of the invasion and colonialization of Indian America, and you’ll study the intersection of Native, African and European histories.


Professor Judy Kertesz

The Program

The Minor in Native American Studies is a wonderful choice for students interested in studying, researching and increasing understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of American Indian peoples in the United States. Our program is interdisciplinary with courses that explore Native American ways of living, understanding the world, and organizing their societies. You’ll also examine the impact of invasion and colonization on Indian America, and the intersection of Indian, African and European histories and systems of knowledge.

Students must complete 15 hours of coursework from the list below, achieving a grade of C- or better. No course in the minor can be taken for pass-fail credit.

Please be aware that a maximum of one (1) course may be used (double-counted) towards both this minor and departmental major requirements. To see the curriculum for this minor: click here.

  • ANT 310         Native Peoples and Cultures of North America
  • ANT 325         Andean South America 
  • ENG 249         Native American Literature 
  • HI 365             The American West
  • HI 366             Native American History 
  • HI 445             Early American Frontier

#1: Declare this Minor
The university-wide Registration & Records (R&R) Declare a Minor form is now optional and no longer required. However, approval to declare this minor officially is needed, beyond any unofficial or "intended" minor status, from either the Coordinator/Contact Person for this minor (link here to locate), or the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Student Services Specialist,, located in the 1911 Building, suite 106.  If approved, the CHASS Dean's Office is then contacted to have this minor added.  If the (optional) Declare a Minor form is completed and signed, it is to be delivered to R&R in Harris Hall.  An "intended" minor is not official and will not be recognized.  An academic minor needs to be declared officially before a student applies for graduation.  Please contact the Native American Studies Minor Coordinator for guidance in completing this minor successfully.

#2: Minor Certification Form
This Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) course-approval and academic Minor Certification form may still be required. In consultation with the Native American Studies Minor Coordinator, the
Minor Certification form for Native American Studies may need to be completed, signed, and delivered or emailed to the IDS Student Services Specialist, (1911-106), no later than the term when the minor’s requirements will be met.  List on this form all courses taken for this minor with grades received, as well as all in-progress and planned courses for this minor.  If completing this form online, it is recommended that you save with a new file name with your name added.  If required, this form is to be signed by the Native American Studies Program Coordinator/Advisor.

A academic minor must be completed no later than the final term in which the student expects to graduate.  The College of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean's Office (Caldwell 106) provides the graduation clearance for this minor to receive official recognition and be listed on the student's permanent transcript.

Coordinator/Advisor for the Native American Studies Minor:

Dr. Judy Kertesz
Department of History
Withers 369, Campus Box 8108

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