Undergraduate Studies at Illinois

American Indian Studies prepares students in a range of methodologies, theories, technologies, and teaching approaches that compliments a thorough undergraduate education.

AIS courses engage a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, film, history, political science, and literary studies, among others.  Students consider how these disciplines define cultures, knowledges, institutions, and peoples.  Through this inquiry, students develop skills in critical thinking, analytical research, and writing. 

Specifically, an undergraduate minor is designed to assist students in preparing for graduate school or for careers in a variety of pursuits including public and business administration, education, public relations, marketing, politics, and government, especially as they relate to American Indian and Native American constituencies.

Declaring a Minor

Students must consult with an admissions/records officer after they have earned 30 hours if they want to declare a minor. Your Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor form may be submitted to your home college as soon as 30 hours have been earned and must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. of the last day to add classes in the term of your graduation. Verification of the completion of the minor will be posted on your transcript at the time of graduation.

Certification of successful completion

American Indian Studies and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will certify that a student has completed the program for the Minor. An AIS advisor will approve a student's course program and monitor the student's progress in meeting requirements. A plan of courses for the minor must be approved by AIS.

For further information about the minor, please contact:

John M. McKinn
Associate Director
American Indian Studies
Email: mckinn@illinois.edu