Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAISMIN)Department of American Studies

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) incorporates perspectives from American Studies, Anthropology, Folklore, History, Literature, Law, Political Science, Visual and Expressive Arts, and other areas of study. Students will learn a broad range of basic historical facts about the Native American and Indigenous peoples of the Americas, to think logically and analytically, to make critical observations, and to formulate interdisciplinary interpretations of the history, literature, art, music, law, politics, and culture of Native American and Indigenous peoples. They will gain new perspectives on globalization, sustainability, and cultural and environmental preservation. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with the NAIS advisor and the Chair of the Committee on NAIS, who will help the student develop a plan of study appropriate to his or her academic and career goals.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
  2. Intermediate Course. One (1) course:
  3. Advanced Electives. Three (3) courses:
    • Up to two (2) of the following:
    • (approved topic: "Native American Women")
    • (approved topic: "Natives and Newcomers")
    • (approved topic: "Indigenous Politics: Contests over Democracy and Development")
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.