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As you complete the minor in Native American Studies, you will develop an intermediate level of knowledge of Native American issues including the culture, history, economic, and political development as well as issues of identity and sovereignty. You will be able to connect this knowledge with other disciplines and develop an appreciation for other cultures that will help equip you for success in a globalized world.
When I first came to college, I was feeling burnt out from the pressure I faced in high school, and I was unsure about myself and what I wanted to do. I started IUPUI as Liberal Arts major and it was by happy circumstance that I joined a Themed Learning Community called “Transcending Perceptions” which contained intro courses for Religious Studies and Native American & Indigenous Studies. While it was through those classes that I rediscovered my curiosity and joy of learning, it was the constant support I received from my professors that pushed me to want to set goals and push myself to be better.
During the Native American & Indigenous Studies program, I was able to attend trips outside of the classroom such as the Mounds of the Midwest Seminar organized by Charli Champion-Shaw and Dr. Kelly Hayes, which expanded my worldview and further developed incredibly impactful friendships between both students and professors. Through my time in the program, I was challenged to question everything, including what I thought I already knew, and this skill to apply critical thinking to almost any aspect in my life has completely changed the way I thought about myself and what it means to be successful. — Alix Tijerina, B.A. ’21
A minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
Requirements (6 cr.):
Approved Interdisciplinary Courses (9 cr.)
Choose four of the following:
Other courses may be approved by the director of the program.
To declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form here or contact your academic advisor.