Native American Studies - Undergraduate Minor

The Native American Studies (NAS) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) is an academic resource for information and understanding about Native American peoples. The mission of the Native American Studies Program is:

  • To provide an opportunity for all students to learn about Native American cultures and societies through an interdisciplinary program
  • To facilitate research and other creative activities concerning and benefiting Native American peoples
  • To serve the University and State of New Mexico in ways supporting and illuminating Native American lifeways

The Native American Studies (NAS) minor focuses on Native American cultures and societies. It encompasses 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 specialized field has developed in reaction to Western academic views of Native Americans and to the frequently restrictive, disciplinary 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. NAS encourages the creation of knowledge about Native Americans from previously unexplored or little-known materials and questions the premises of existing academic disciplines in a way promoting the reinterpretation of existing materials.

Students must pass a total of 18 credits of which at least 9 of which must be upper division. ANTH 2140G Indigenous Peoples of North America is the required course for the minor. A grade of C- or better must be obtained for each course. Students may count S grades only in courses in which all grades are S/U, and no more than 6 hours of S credit can be accepted. Students may count no more than 12 credits in Anthropology. Please contact the Department of Anthropology regarding the minor.

Prefix Title Credits
ANTH 2140GIndigenous Peoples of North America3
Select 15 credits from the following: 115
At least nine credits must be upper division
Indigenous Peoples of the American Southwest3
Contemporary Native Americans3
Archaeology of the American Southwest3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Native American Visual Culture3
Indigenizing Methodologies in Native American Studies3
Native American Women3
Federal Indian Policy 23
Native American Intersections in Museums3
American Indian Law and Policy (substitutes for Anth 455 Federal Indian Policy)3
American Indian Politics3
Native American History3
Indian Law and Policy3
Native American Philosophy and Spirituality3
American Indian Health3
Total Credits18