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Undergraduate Minor

Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Minor

The minor in Indigenous Studies is designed to provide students with a focused program of study of the events, laws, policies, and treaties that have defined the relationship between the United States and Indigenous nations and peoples. This knowledge is essential to analysis of a broad variety of historical, political, religious, and social issues in the U.S. Such issues are of paramount importance to ensure the students a solid grounding in the histories and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of North America, while allowing them to gain disciplinary knowledge in preparation for graduate study or immediate employment in fields such as government services, museum/archival work, etc.

Minor Requirements

The Indigenous Studies minor requires 18 hours of approved courses.

  • 12 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above, with a 2.0 grade-point average. Nine of the 12 hours must be taken at KU.
  • One course taken at Haskell Indian Nations University is strongly recommended. Up to nine hours (six freshman/sophomore and three junior-senior) can be transferred from another university.
  • Courses must have 30% or more content focused on Indigenous peoples, and be approved by the ISP Executive Committee.

Minor Pre-Approved Courses

ANTH 379 / LAA 334 / LAA 634 Indigenous Traditions Latin Am
ANTH 501 Topics: Contemporary Central America & Mexico
ANTH 506 Ancient Amer Civilization: Mesoamerica
ANTH 508 Ancient Amer Civilization: Central Andes
ANTH 562 / LAA 302 / LAA 602 Mexamerica
ANTH 603 Shamanism Past and Present
ENGL 571 American Indian Literature
FMS 410 Race, Class & Gender Visual Culture
FMS 592 Documentary Film and Video
GEOG 370 Introduction to Cultural Geography
GEOG 395 Environmental Issues of: The Wakarusa Wetlands
GEOG 570 Geography of American Indians
GEOG 571 / LAA 602 Topics in Cultural Geography: Indigenous Latin American People & Lands
GEOG 571 Topics: Indigenous Cartographies
HIST 128 History of the US through Civil War
HIST 331 Atlantic Societies, 1450-1800
HIST 353 Indigenous Peoples of North America
ISP 101 / HWC 300 Intro Indigenous Nations Studies
ISP 305 / ENG 305 World Indigenous Literatures
ISP 330 / REL 330 Native American Religions
ISP 331 / REL 331 Native American Religions, Honors
ISP 335 / HWC 335 Introduction to Indigenous Studies
ISP 345 / HIST 318 / HWC 345 Indian Terrio
ISP 350 / HIST 352/HWC 350 American Indians Since 1865
ISP 490 / HWC 490 Roots of Federal Indian Policy
ISP 504 / EVRN 542 / ANTH 582 Ethnobotany
ISP 504 / GEOG 574 Exploring Oceania
ISP 504 / HIST 510 / HWC 500 Foodways: Latin America
ISP 504 / HIST 510 / HWC 500 Foodways: North America
ISP 504 / LING 575 Structure of Kiowa
ISP 530 Indigenous Food and Health
ISP 601/801 / GEOG 601/801 Indigenous Peoples of the World
ISP 614 Decolonizing Narratives
LING 441 Field Methods Linguistic Description
LING 447 North American Indian Languages  
LING 575 / LAA 602 Kaqchikel Maya I-IV
LING 575 / LAA 602 Quichua I-IV
POLS 684 / GIST 750 / GIST 501 International Law: State & Individual


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