American Indian and Indigenous Studies Minor

Department of American Studies

http://amerstud.unc.edu

204 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520

(919) 962-5481

Elizabeth Engelhardt, Chair

Gabrielle Berlinger, Director of Undergraduate Studies

amstdus@unc.edu

The research, teaching, and service in the American Indian and indigenous studies area focuses on the histories, contemporary experiences, languages, expressive culture, and political statuses of indigenous people within and beyond the United States. The major and minor explore Indian Country to teach students career building skills such as research, writing, and critically engaging with texts, images, and ideas.

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Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The undergraduate minor in American Indian and indigenous studies consists of five courses. Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category. At least one course must be at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements
AMST/HIST 110Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America3
History (at least one, see list below)3
Law and Social Science (at least one, see list below)3
Language and Expressive Culture (at least one, see list below)3
Elective (one from the above categories)3
Total Hours15

History

AMST 337Beyond Red Power: American Indian Activism since 19003
AMST 339The Long 1960s in Native America3
AMST 341Digital Native America3
AMST 510Federal Indian Law and Policy3
AMST 511American Indians and American Law3
AMST/ANTH 203Approaches to American Indian Studies 13
AMST/ANTH/HIST 234Native American Tribal Studies H3
AMST/HIST 231Native American History: The East3
AMST/HIST 233Native American History: The West3
AMST/HIST 235Native America in the 20th Century3
HIST 142Latin America under Colonial Rule3
HIST 240Introduction to Mexico: A Nation in Four Revolutions3
HIST 526History of the Andes3
HIST 527Latin American Indigenous Peoples3
HIST 529Mexico, 1750-1870: War, Independence, and Reforms: Citizenship and Conflict in a New Nation3
HIST/WGST 576The Ethnohistory of Native American Women3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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 Strongly encouraged, though not required.

Law and Social Science

AMST 510Federal Indian Law and Policy3
AMST 511American Indians and American Law3
AMST/ANTH/HIST 234Native American Tribal Studies H3
FOLK/ANTH 230Native American Cultures3
ANTH 121Ancient Cities of the Americas3
ANTH 206American Indian Societies3
ANTH 231Archaeology of South America3
ANTH 232Ancestral Maya Civilizations H3
ANTH 250Archaeology of North America H3
ANTH 252Archaeology of Food3
ANTH 451Field School in North American Archaeology H6
ANTH 550Archaeology of the American South3
RELI 448Native and Christian: Indigenous Engagements with Christianity3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Language and Expressive Culture

AMST 246Indigenous Storytelling: Oral, Written, and Visual Literatures of Native America3
AMST 336Native Americans in Film3
AMST 338Native American Novel3
AMST 340American Indian Art and Material Culture through Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
AMST 439Meaning and Makers: Indigenous Artists and the Marketplace3
ANTH 406Native Writers3
ARTH 160Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica3
ARTH 259Native American Art and Culture3
ARTH 469Art of the Aztec Empire3
CHER 101Elementary Cherokee Language I3
CHER 102Elementary Cherokee Language II3
CHER 203Intermediate Cherokee Language I3
CHER 204Intermediate Cherokee Language II3
LING 558Ancient Mayan Hieroglyphs3
LING 560Mesoamerican Languages and Linguistics3
LING 561Native Languages of the Americas3
MAYA 401Introduction to Yucatec Maya3
SPAN 344Latin@ American Cultural Topics3
SPAN 374Mesoamerica through Its Native Literatures3
SPAN 625Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of the Américas3
SPAN 683Guaraní Linguistics3

Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies to have courses not listed approved to fulfill minor requirements; such courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

See program page here for special opportunities.