Native American Studies - Graduate Minor

The purpose of the Native American Studies Graduate Minor are to:

  • Provide an opportunity for all students to learn about Native American cultures and societies.
  • Facilitate research and other creative activities that concern Native American peoples and that have potential benefit for them.
  • Serve the University and State of New Mexico in ways that support and illuminate the rich heritage of Native American peoples.

NAS focuses on Native American cultures and societies, deals with contemporary and historical experiences of American Indians, and examines the contributions of Indigenous peoples to life in the United States and other American nations. This specialization field has developed in reaction to Western academic views of Native Americans and to the frequently restrictive, assimilationist approach within universities to issues concerning Native peoples. NAS contributes to a new understanding of Native American cultures and societies from contemporary and historical perspectives.

To qualify for a graduate minor in Native American Studies - Anthropology, students are required to complete 9 credit hours (3 classes) of graduate level courses. To record a minor on a student's transcript, the minor must be listed on the Application for Admission to Candidacy, and the Native American Studies advisor in the Department of Anthropology must sign this form.

Core Courses
ANTH 541Decolonizing Methodologies in Native American Studies3
ANTH 543Indigenous Ways of Knowing3
ANTH 455Federal Indian Policy3
Cognate Area Courses
American Indian Politics 13
Native American History 13
Total Credits9
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Alternative and support classes are identified in the list of cognate classes, and one class from the alternative class list may be substituted for a core class with the approval of the student's MA chair and the Coordinator for the Graduate Minor in Native American Studies.