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American Indian Studies Minor and Certificate

The American Indian studies minor and certificate address the history, culture, and present-day experience of America’s native peoples, drawing on the University’s expertise in anthropology, comparative ethnic studies, history, music, and art.

The core courses are:

  • Native Peoples of North America
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • North American Indian History, Precontact to Present

See the WSU Catalog for detailed course requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate. Contact Michael Holloman, coordinator, at michael.holloman@wsu.edu for more information.

The minor in American Indian Studies requires 18 semester hours which shall include a required 9 hour core (3 of the following 4 courses: ANTH 320, CES 171, HISTORY 308, or HISTORY 410) and 9 hours of electives (ANTH 327, 331, 334, 535, CES 372, 373, 379, 470, 475, FINE ART 301, HISTORY 410, or MUS 265). At least 9 of the credits must be taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses, and at least 9 hours must be at the 300-400 level. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken for a letter grade and a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor coursework.

The certificate in American Indian Studies requires 18 semester hours which shall include a required core (9 hours) and 9 hours of electives.  15 of the credits must be taken at WSU, and 9 hours must be at the 300-400-level.  A minimum of 12 credits must be taken for a letter grade and a grade of C or better must be earned in each of the required and recommended courses in order to qualify for the certificate.  Any currently enrolled degree-seeking student is eligible to enroll in the certificate program.  Other students must meet the existing admissions standards for non-degree seeking students. The University undergraduate certificate fee will apply.

Students seeking the certificate must complete 3 of the following 4 courses: ANTH 320, CES 171, HISTORY 308, or HISTORY 410.  The remaining 9 hours are chosen from the following elective courses: ANTH 327, 331, 334, 535, CES 372, 373, 379, 470, 475, FINE ART 301, HISTORY 410, or MUS 265.  Other courses in American Indian studies may be added to the elective pool as they become available.