American Indian and Indigenous Studies Minor

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies minor provides a meaningful grounding in the histories, cultures, and contemporary experiences of peoples indigenous to North America, as well as their encounters with settler states. The curriculum increasingly provides opportunities for students to gain a hemispheric perspective that includes the histories, cultures, and contemporary experiences of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. 

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

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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 110IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction 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

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.

History

AMST 337IDEAs in Action General Education logo American Indian Activism since 1887: Beyond Red Power3
AMST 339IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Long 1960s in Native America3
AMST 341IDEAs in Action General Education logo Digital Native America3
AMST 510IDEAs in Action General Education logo Federal Indian Law and Policy3
AMST 511IDEAs in Action General Education logo American Indians and American Law3
AMST/ANTH 203IDEAs in Action General Education logo Approaches to American Indian Studies 13
AMST/ANTH/HIST 234IDEAs in Action General Education logo Native American Tribal Studies H3
AMST/HIST 231IDEAs in Action General Education logo Native American History: The East3
AMST/HIST 233Native American History: The West3
AMST/HIST 235IDEAs in Action General Education logo Native America in the 20th Century3
HIST 142IDEAs in Action General Education logo Latin America under Colonial Rule3
HIST 145IDEAs in Action General Education logo Latin American Indigenous Peoples3
HIST 240IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Mexico: A Nation in Four Revolutions3
HIST 315IDEAs in Action General Education logo Nation-Building in Latin America3
HIST 526History of the Andes3
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 510IDEAs in Action General Education logo Federal Indian Law and Policy3
AMST 511IDEAs in Action General Education logo American Indians and American Law3
AMST/ANTH/HIST 234IDEAs in Action General Education logo Native American Tribal Studies H3
ANTH 121IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancient Cities of the Americas3
ANTH 206American Indian Societies3
ANTH 231IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Inca and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Andean South America3
ANTH 232IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancestral Maya Civilizations H3
ANTH 250IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of North America H3
ANTH 252IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of Food3
ANTH 451IDEAs in Action General Education logo Field School in North American Archaeology H6
ANTH 550IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of the American South3
RELI 448IDEAs in Action General Education logo Native 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 338IDEAs in Action General Education logo American Indian Novel3
AMST 340American Indian Art and Material Culture through Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
AMST 439Meaning and Makers: Indigenous Artists and the Marketplace3
ANTH 406IDEAs in Action General Education logo Native Writers3
ARTH 160IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica H3
ARTH 469IDEAs in Action General Education logo Art of the Aztec Empire3
CHER 101Elementary Cherokee Language I3
CHER 102Elementary Cherokee Language II3
CHER 203IDEAs in Action General Education logo Intermediate 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
H

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

Department of American Studies

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Patricia Sawin

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Director of Undergraduate Studies (Fall 2022)

Gabrielle Berlinger

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Director of Undergraduate Studies (Spring 2023)

Antonia Randolph

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