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Paula Ioanide
Professor and Interim Coordinator

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor is grounded in a deep respect for Indigenous knowledge systems and traditions as well as a recognition of the connections Native peoples have to their lands and ancestral ways of life. Situated on the homelands of the Cayuga people and Haudenosaunee Confederacy—lands expropriated in the 18th century to build the “Empire State”—our programming follows an approach to learning that centers Native voices. Indigenous Studies is inherently interdisciplinary and the minor is committed to critical and creative pedagogies, scholarly rigor, and social justice. The NAIS minor trains students think politically and build skills to analyze the legacies of colonization, slavery, and empire as well as their lasting impacts on Native peoples and settlers. With particular focus on Indigenous movements for life, land, and sovereignty across Turtle Island and Oceania, courses in NAIS span a broad range of issues impacting Indigenous communities through interdisciplinary, comparative, and relational methods of inquiry. Students are encouraged to analyze the ways in which race, gender, sexuality, and class intersect with indigeneity and settler colonization in order to draw relevance between our curriculum and their own lives.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of key concepts and debates within the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS).
  2. Attain a basic understanding of the histories of the Indigenous peoples colonized by the United States and their lasting impacts on Native communities today.
  3. Build literacy in identifying the key differences between race and indigeneity and the stakes involved in such a distinction for various groups racialized within the U.S.
  4. Critically analyze the structural and representational forms of violence to which Indigenous peoples in the U.S. have been historically and are currently subjected.

Fall 2022 Minor List
Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies Fall 2022

NAIS Minor FA2022 Courses

   Policy & Praxis    
CSCR 23700    Policing the Borderlands
CSCR 22400    Race, Place & Power
CSCR 32400    Critical Race Theories
SOCI 40500     Surveillance & Society

   Culture & History
HIST 23300      Colonial Latin America

   Power & Liberation    
HLTH 21300    Wellness: Multicultural Perspectives on Health
HLTH 31200    Inequalities in Health

   Comparative & International    
CSCR 22200   Japanese Americans and Mass Incarceration
HIST 18400    Caribbean History 1492-present