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.​

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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. A maximum of one course may be double-counted towards both departmental major and minor requirements.

  • 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

Form #1: Declare a Minor form
Registration and Records (R&R) form: the Declare a Minor form must be completed, signed, and delivered to R&R in Harris Hall in order to be enrolled officially in this Minor and displayed in the student's degree audit.  An academic minor needs to be declared before the student applies for graduation.  This form can be signed by either the Program Director/Coordinator for this Minor or the Interdisciplinary Studies' Student Services Specialist, in the 1911 Building, Suite 106. 

Form #2: Application for Minor Certification form 
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) form: the Application for Minor Certification form for Native American Studies is to be completed, approved and signed, and then delivered to the IDS Main Office (1911-106) usually no later than the term when this Minor’s requirements are met.  List on this form all courses taken for this Minor, with the grades received, as well as all courses in progress and planned courses for this Minor.  If completing this form online, it is recommended that you save with a new file name which includes your name.  This form must be signed by the Native American Studies Program Coordinator/Advisor.

A academic minor must be completed no later than the term in which the student expects to graduate.  The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (Caldwell 106) provides the required graduation clearance for this Minor to receive official recognition and be placed 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
Email:  jkertes@ncsu.edu