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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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Haskell Visit Day
Friday, February 14 | 9 a.m.-noon
Tommaney Hall Library, Haskell Indian Nations University
A morning introducing Haskell students to graduate school and KU’s graduate school options. Includes a student panel with Haskell alumni; a panel with representatives from KU’s graduate staff detailing the differences between undergrad and grad school, ways to prepare now and application best practices; networking with faculty and staff across KU; and resources such as KU Libraries, Office of Financial Aid, Student Money Management and more.

Sponsored by KU’s Indigenous Studies Program. Questions? Contact Brandy Ernzen at bernzen@ku.edu or 785-864-6408.

ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, February 20 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

ISP Social Night
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ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, March 5 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

An Evening with Louise Erdrich
Part of Read Across Lawrence

Wednesday, March 11| 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
Haskell Indian Nations University
155 East Indian Avenue
Lawrence KS 66046
Free and open to the public

ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, March 19 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

ISP Social Night
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ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, April 2 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Ryan McMahon, Anishinaabe Comedian
Friday, April 10 | 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center of Kansas
$25.00 Adult
$14.00 Student/Youth
Tickets available at lied.ku.edu or 785-864-2787

KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival
Saturday, April 11 | 10:00 a.m.
Lied Center of Kansas
Free and open to the public

ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, April 16 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

ISP Social Night
Thursday, April 23 | 7:00 p.m.
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One Nations Energies (O.N.E.) Powwow
Saturday, May 2 - Sunday, May 3
Hosted by The American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA)
Johnson County Community College Fieldhouse
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
Free and open to the public

ISP Graduate Writing/Research Group
Thursday, May 7 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lippincott Hall, ISP Office

Haskell 2020 Commencement Powwow
Friday, May 8 | 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Powwow Grounds, Haskell Indian Nations University

 

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