The undergraduate minor in Native American and Indigenous studies (NAIS) requires a minimum of 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. of course work from a major toward the NAIS minor.

A student may earn the minor or the certificate in Native American and Indigenous studies, but not both.

The minor in Native American and Indigenous studies requires the following course work.

Required Courses

Both of these:
NAIS:1049/AMST:1049/HIST:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
NAIS:2165/AMST:2165/ANTH:2165Native Peoples of North America3

Elective Courses

Students must choose at least one course from two of the three lists below (6 s.h. total) and earn at least 9 s.h. in elective course work.

Indigenous Cultures and Literatures

NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
NAIS:2300/AMST:2300Native Americans in Film3
NAIS:2700/RELS:2700Sacred World of Native Americans3
NAIS:3257/ANTH:3257North American Archaeology3
NAIS:3258/ANTH:3258Southwestern Archaeology3
NAIS:3276/RELS:3976American Indian Environmentalism3
NAIS:3441/ENGL:3441Native American Literature3
FREN:4090Quebecois Literature3

Indigenous Histories in the Americas

NAIS:2292/HIST:2292Introduction to American Indian History and Policy3
NAIS:3211/HIST:3211Native North America I: Precontact-17893
NAIS:3212/HIST:3212Native North America II: 1789-Present3
NAIS:3270/HIST:3270Colonial North America, ca. 1600-17753
NAIS:4502/HIST:4502/LAS:4502History of Mexico3

Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective

NAIS:3110/ANTH:3110/GHS:3110Health of Indigenous Peoples3
NAIS:3272/HIST:3272Native Americans in the Age of Empires, ca. 1500-18153
NAIS:3289/HIST:3289The Atlantic World c. 1450-18503
ENGL:2505Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3
ENGL:3515Topics in Postcolonial Studies3
GWSS:3350/ANTH:3125/IS:3350Transnational Feminism3

Applied Research

It is highly recommended, but not required, that students have an in-depth Native American research experience before they complete their undergraduate requirements. This may be completed through NAIS:4990 Independent Study. Students should consult NAIS faculty advisors about available options.