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Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar
Assistant Professor and 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.

Minors are required to take six courses (18 credit hours), two from Conceptual Frameworks and one each from the following four categories:

  1. Policy and Praxis
  2. Culture and History
  3. Power and Liberation
  4. Comparative and International

The Minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies:  FALL 2020 courses are in bold.

Conceptual Framework Courses (6 credits required in this category)

CSCR

10900

Introduction to Native American/Indigenous Studies

CSCR

12300

Introduction to Culture, Race & Ethnicity Concepts

Policy & Praxis {choose one 3 credit course in this category)

ANTH

47500

Ethnographic Fieldwork/Research

CSCR

30501

Practicum in Social Change: Urban Mentorship Initiative

CSCR

32400

Critical Race Theories in the United States

CSCR

34300

Indigenous Politics

CSCR

35200

Punishment, Prisons & Democracy

Culture & History (choose one 3 credit course in this category)

CSCR

20500

Contemporary Issues in Native American/Indigenous Studies

CSCR

20700

Hip Hop Feminism

CSCR

25600

Politics of Whiteness

CSCR

26100

Watching Race in American Media

ENGL

36900

Multicultural American Literature

HIST

18400

The Islands: Carbbean History 1492-Present

HIST

39202

Revolutions & Counter Revolutions

POLT

33700

Politics of Memory

Power & Liberation (choose one 3 credit course in this category)

CSCR

35100

Race & Sexual Politics

CSCR

21600

Pop Culture & Indigenous Futurities

HLTH

21300

Multicultural Perspectives on Healing

POLT

34003

Militarization of Everyday Life

POLT

35008

Indigenous and European Cosmologies

POLT

40109

ST: Politics of Military Presence

POLT

40112

Seminar: Global Indigenous Struggle

Comparative & International (choose one 3 credit course in this category)

ARTH

22926

Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture

CSCR

23700

Policing the Borderlands: Power, Policy, and Justice

CSCR

29006

Japanese Americans and Mass Incarceration

CSCR

34500

21st Century Conversations on Race - (cross-listed with SOCI 34500)

CSCR

42000

Scholarship of and by Women of Color

HIST

23300

Colonial Latin America

HIST

23400

Latin America since Independence

POLT

34012

Race & International Relations Theory

POLT

40110

Struggles of People and Place

SOCI

20700

Race & Ethnicity