American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary program with four subject areas:

  1. Culture, Identity, Ethics, and Community
  2. Sovereignty, Governance, and Politics
  3. Literature, Language, and Performance
  4. Colonialism, Decolonization, and Indigeneity

The courses chosen must form a coherent program of study and be approved by an AIS advisor.

Course List
Foundation Courses  
AIS 101 Intro to American Indian Studies 3
AIS 102 Contemporary Issues in Indian Country 3
Subject Area Courses  
Students must complete 12 hours selected from 3 of the 4 subject areas. 12
Culture, Identity, Ethics, and Community
Native Religious Traditions  
Lang & Culture Native North Am  
American Indians of Illinois  
Sovereignty, Governance, and Politics
US Citizenship Comparatively  
Encounters in Native America  
Native American History  
Intro to Federal Indian Policy  
Indigenous Governance  
Literature, Language, and Performance
Intro to American Indian Lit  
Am Indian and Indigenous Film  
Politics in Children's Lit  
Topics in American Indian Lit  
Politics of Popular Culture  
Colonialism, Decolonization, and Indigeneity
Indigenous Thinkers  
History of Amer Indian Educ  
Total Hours 18

Only three courses (9 hours total) at the 100-level may be counted toward the minor.  Students also are required to complete two courses (6 hours) at the 300- or 400-level.  These advanced course credits must be distinct from credit earned for the student’s major or another minor.

  • The Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor must be submitted to the student’s college of enrollment prior to the last day to add a class in the semester in which the student intends to graduate to assure timely processing.
  • Any variance from courses required in the minor must be approved on the Modification of Minor form by the unit sponsoring the minor, that unit’s college and submitted to the student’s college office for final processing.
  • The student is responsible for notifying her/his college of cancellation of the minor by use of the Cancellation of of Minor Form.