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Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies

The minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) is designed for the student who is interested in understanding the identities and experiences, cultural practices, and lifeways of Native American and Indigenous people. It requires six courses from across a variety of departments and includes explorations of creative expression, the social and natural worlds, and indigeneity within a global context. Individual classes may focus on Native literature, traditional ecological knowledge, tribal sovereignty and other topics. Track your progress through the minor using this form.

The following course numbers are approved for the minor.  To find yearly course offerings and schedules for specific quarters, please consult the Courses page.  All courses on the annual schedule count for the NAIS minor.  Alternatives and exceptions must be approved by the NAIS minor coordinator.

1. Select one foundational course:

2. Select two courses from Creative Expressions or Social Worlds:

Creative Expression (Literature, Dance, Music, Art, Theater)

Social Worlds (History, Anthropology, Journalism, Sociology, Law, and Education)

3. Select two courses from Natural Worlds or Global Indigeneity

Natural Worlds (Science, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Environmental Psychology, Political Science, Health, Medicine)

Global Indigeneity, Intercultural, Latinx Studies

4.  One course elective
One course elective at an advanced level (from any of NAIS’s four scholarly directions), independent study, or capstone project in a contributing department or program (identified above) and approved


Declaring a NAIS Minor

Please complete this form to declare the minor. Once you have completed the student section of the form, e-mail it to Beatriz Reyes, who will complete the form and submit it to the WCAS Office of Undergraduate Studies.

If you have questions about the minor, please stop by to chat. Beatriz will have drop-in office hours from 4-5pm on Mondays in room 202 at CNAIR house (515 Clark, Evanston). If these hours do not work for you please email Beatriz at with your availability for the week.


Annual 2021-22 Courses

Past Courses

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