American Indian Studies  (Minor)

Complement your major area of study with a breadth of understanding of Indigenous culture, knowledge that can be helpful in a variety of careers that connect either directly or indirectly with American Indian nations and communities.

Program Description

The minor in American Indian studies is designed for students interested in developing an understanding of American Indian issues and analyzing issues through critical inquiry.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BS in American Indian studies

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor.

Enrollment Requirements

Eighteen credit hours are required.

Required courses:
AIS 180 Introduction to American Indian Studies, C (3)
AIS 285 Federal Indian Policy, H, C (3)
AIS 380 Contemporary Issues of American Indian Nations, C (3)

Three additional upper-division elective courses (minimum of nine credit hours) must be chosen in any combination from the two areas of emphasis in the major: legal, policy and community, and economic development; and arts, languages and cultures.

No pass/fail or credit/noncredit course work may be applied to the minor. A minimum of nine hours must be courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students must receive a minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) for all courses in the minor and meet all course eligibility requirements.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

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