American Indian Studies, Minor
Liberal Arts (Code 530-401)
The minor, like the major and certificate, is designed to provide both American Indian and non-Indian students with a broad understanding of the distinctive lifeways, politics, and histories of a number of tribal nations. Students will also learn about the philosophical and religious systems, the art, and literatures developed by past and contemporary American Indian tribes and individuals.
|Twenty-four semester credits, nine credits must be 300-level or higher, including:|
|AIS 101||Introduction to American Indian History and Cultures||3|
|AIS 102||Introduction to American Indian Expressive Cultures||3|
|AIS 243||Introduction to Contemporary American Indian Communities||3|
|Remaining credits selected from:|
|Studies in American Indian Languages I 1|
or AIS/LANG 121
|Beginning Ojibwe I|
|Studies in American Indian Languages II 1|
or AIS/LANG 122
|Beginning Ojibwe II|
|Introduction to American Indian Literatures|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|American Indian History|
|The American Indian in Literature and Film|
|American Indian Literature of Healing|
|American Indian Politics|
|Tribal Nation Governments|
|Chippewa Reserved Treaty Rights|
|Survey of North American Indian Art|
|Indigenous Religions of the Americas|
|Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America|
|Art of Tawantinsuyo|
|Contemporary American Indian Communities|
|American Indian Autobiography|
|Major Works in American Indian Literature|
|Studies in American Indian History|
|Wisconsin Indian History|
|Indigenous Theory and Methodologies|
A maximum of one language course can count to the minor.
Seminars and special topics courses dealing with American Indians will also be given consideration for credit.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Explain the status of federally recognized tribes in relation to federal, state, and local government, as well as private enterprises.
- Define and apply the concept of tribal sovereignty in contemporary America.
- Describe examples of identity, colonialism, stereotypes, resistance, survivance, and/or issues of cultural appropriation/exploitation of Indigenous people.
- Analyze the impact of systems, institutions, and issues in historical and contemporary times.
- Apply the ability to interact respectfully with others and suspend judgment, understanding that judgments may be culturally biased and exclusive.
- Practice culturally sensitive dispositions as they engage with American Indians in the university community, as well as tribal and urban communities within and around Wisconsin.