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Undergraduate Minor Program

American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the histories, experiences, languages, arts, and cultures of peoples indigenous to the lands that now comprise the United States of America. It seeks to broaden students' understandings of the diversity and complexity of American Indian identities, communities, and nations; to make connections between Native peoples and cultures in the U.S. and Indigenous peoples and cultures across the Americas and around the globe; to provide comparative and intersectional approaches to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship; and to encourage linking educational and research initiatives to community and political concerns.

Program requirements for the American Indian Studies minor are fully detailed in the College of Arts and Science's official AIS Minor Description below. The program requires 12 credit hours of coursework. Students must choose a minimum of four courses, from at least two different academic units. Three courses (9 credit hours) must be taken in American Indian Studies. The remaining elective course (3 credit hours) should be taken in either global Indigenous studies or comparative U.S. race/ethnicity studies. The elective course in global Indigenous or comparative U.S. race/ethnicity studies will be approved by the coordinating adviser in consultation with the student on a case-by-case basis.

Students may include up to three credit hours of variable credit courses in independent research/fieldwork or internship experience in either AIS or global Indigenous or comparative US race/ethnicity with the approval of the AIS coordinating adviser.

You may find more information about the American Indian Studies minor on the Arts and Sciences website.


American Indian Studies courses

Anthropology

  • 2202, An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • 3350, Prehistoric Indians of the Ohio Valley
  • 3420, Indians of North America
  • 3554, Archaeology of North America

Art Education

  • 2367.01(H), Visual Culture: Investigating Diversity and Social Justice
  • 5367, Reel Injuns: Identity and Representation

Comparative Studies

  • 2323, Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • 4822, Native American Identity

English

  • *2367.01 (E, H), Language, Identity and Culture in the U.S. Experience
  • 4586, Studies in American Indian Literature and Culture

History

  • 2070, Introduction to Native American History
  • 2071, American Indian History of the U.S. Midwest
  • 2110, Introduction to Native American Peoples from Mesoamerica
  • 2111, Introduction to Native American People of the Andes
  • 2750 (E, H), Natives and Newcomers: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History
  • 3070, Native American History from European Contact to Removal, 1560-1820
  • 3071, Native American History from Removal to the Present

Linguistics

  • 3501, Introduction to American Indigenous Languages

Religious Studies

  • 3672, Native American Religions

Special topics courses, when the content is appropriate, may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the coordinating adviser. Independent Research/Fieldwork or Internship (3 credits maximum): students can develop an independent project in consultation with an adviser.

*Appropriateness of course content for inclusion in the minor program should be first confirmed by the AIS director.


American Indian Studies Minor Description

College of Arts and Sciences American Indian Studies Minor (AMINSTD-MN)

American Indian Studies Coordinating Adviser: Professor Elissa Washuta, Department of English, 466 Denney Hall 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave., Columbus, OH 43210 washuta.2@osu.edu 

American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the histories, experiences, languages, arts, and cultures of peoples indigenous to the lands that now comprise the United States of America. It seeks to broaden students’ understandings of the diversity and complexity of American Indian identities, communities, and nations; to make connections between Native peoples and cultures in the U.S. and Indigenous peoples and cultures across the Americas and around the globe; to provide comparative and intersectional approaches to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship; and to encourage linking educational and research initiatives to community and political concerns. 

The minor in American Indian Studies requires 12 credit hours of coursework. Students must choose a minimum of four courses, from at least two different academic units. Three courses (9 credit hours) must be taken in American Indian Studies. The remaining elective course (3 credit hours) should be taken in either global Indigenous studies or comparative U.S. race/ethnicity studies. The elective course in global Indigenous or comparative U.S. race/ethnicity studies will be approved by the coordinating adviser in consultation with the student on a case-by-case basis. 

Students may include up to three credit hours of variable credit courses in independent research/fieldwork or internship experience in either AIS or global Indigenous or comparative US race/e

American Indian Studies courses

Anthropology

Anthropology 2202 – An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology 3350 - Prehistoric Indians of the Ohio Valley

Anthropology 3420 - Indians of North America

Anthropology 3554 - Archaeology of North America

Arts Education, Administration, and Policy

Art Education 2367.01(H) – Visual Culture: Investigating Diversity & Social Justice

Art Education 5367 - Reel Injuns: Identity and Representation

Comparative Studies

Comparative Studies 2323 – Introduction to American Indian Studies

Comparative Studies 4822 - Native American Identity

English

English 2367.01 (E, H) – Language, Identity and Culture in the U.S. Experience

English 4586 - Studies in American Indian Literature and Culture

History

History 2070 - Introduction to Native American History

History 2071 - American Indian History of the US Midwest

History 2110 – Introduction to Native American Peoples from Mesoamerica

History 2111 – Introduction to Native American People of the Andes

History 2750 (E, H) - Natives and Newcomers: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History

History 3070 - Native American History from European Contact to Removal, 1560-1820 

History 3071 - Native American History from Removal to the Present 

Linguistics

Linguistics 3501 - Introduction to American Indigenous Languages 

Religious Studies

Religious Studies 3672 - Native American Religions

Special topics courses, when the content is appropriate, may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the coordinating adviser. Independent Research/Fieldwork or Internship (3 credits maximum): students can develop an independent project in consultation with an adviser. 

American Indian Studies minor program guidelines

Credit hours required: A minimum of 12. 1000 level courses shall not be counted in the minor. At least 6 credit hrs must be upper level courses as defined by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Transfer and EM credit hours allowed: A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination.

Overlap with the GE: A student is permitted to overlap up to 6 credit hours between the GE and the minor.

Overlap with the major and additional minor(s): 

  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • The minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s).

Grades required: 

  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for all minor course work.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count for the minor. 
  • No more than 3 credit hours of course work graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.

Approval required: Advising will be done by the coordinator of the minor, Arts and Sciences advisors, and by departmental advisors with courses listed on the minor.

Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.

Changing the minor: Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by the academic unit offering the minor