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:
- Develop a working knowledge of key concepts and debates within the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS).
- Attain a basic understanding of the histories of the Indigenous peoples colonized by the United States and their lasting impacts on Native communities today.
- 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.
- Critically analyze the structural and representational forms of violence to which Indigenous peoples in the U.S. have been historically and are currently subjected.
Spring 2022 Minor List
Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies Spring 2022
NAIS Minor SP2022 Courses
Policy & Praxis
CSCR 23700 Policing the Borderlands
CSCR 32400 Critical Race Theories
CSCR 35200 Punishment, Prisons & Democracy
Power & Liberation
HLTH 21300 Wellness: Multicultural Perspectives on Health
CSCR 42000 Scholarship of and by Women of Color
POLT 34003 Militarization of Everyday Life
Comparative & International
POLT 12900 Explorations in Global & Comparative Studies
SOCI 34500 21st Century Conversations on Race