Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

The Native American and Indigenous Studies minor compliments numerous other fields of study and provides access to ways of knowing and living that are part of the heritage and future of this state, and this nation.

Native American and Indigenous Studies

Students may earn an undergraduate minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) housed in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies (IRES).

The primary goal of the NAIS minor is to provide students extensive grounding in Indigenous history and culture as well as nuanced understandings of tribal sovereignty, Indigenous nationhood, and the diversity and beauty of contemporary Indigenous idenities, lives, and experiences across the Americas and throughout the Pacific. A secondary goal of the program is to encourage student awareness of the ethnic and cultural dimensions and applications of other major fields of study. Students of literature, social sciences, education, urban planning, arts, humanities, law, and international studies—to name only a few—find that related Native American and Indigenous Studies courses greatly enrich their academic programs. This foundation prepares students for diverse career paths including tribal political leadership, education and administration, social services/social work, language revitalization and instruction, environmental policy, natural/cultural resources management, law, cultural heritage preservation, the arts, journalism and new media, and community/economic development.

Courses applied to a minor in Native American and Indigenous studies may be used to satisfy major or minor requirements for other programs.

Specific details and course approvals must be obtained from the Native American and Indigenous Studies program director/adviser (

Requirements for the Minor

The Native American and Indigenous Studies minor requires 28 credits. At least 16 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Oregon. Up to 4 credits may be counted toward the minor from a list of related courses that fall outside the core of Native American studies but that focus on other issues closely related to the field. Courses must be taken for a grade, and grades must be mid-C or higher to count toward the minor. The course load is distributed as follows:

ES 256Introduction to Native American Studies4
Additional Courses24
16 credits must be in upper-division courses
At least 4 credits focusing on Oregon Indians
At least 4 credits in each of three distribution groups 1
Up to 4 credits may be taken from a list of related courses approved by a program advisor
Total Credits28

Distribution Groups

Group 1: Culture, Language, and Education
ANTH 248Archaeology of Wild Foods4
ANTH 320Native North Americans4
ANTH 434Native South Americans4
ANTH 442Northwest Coast Archaeology4
ANTH 443North American Archaeology4
ANTH 438Race and Gender in Latin America4
EDST 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Indigenous Principles of Education)1-5
EDST 456Decolonization and Education4
ES 196Field Studies: [Topic] (w/approval of NAIS director/adviser)1-5
ES 199Special Studies: [Topic]1-5
ES 404Internship: [Topic] (w/approval of NAIS director/adviser)1-12
ES 406Practicum: [Topic]1-12
ICH 101First-Year Ichishki´in5
ICH 102First-Year Ichishki´in5
ICH 103First-Year Ichishki´in5
ICH 201Second-Year Ichishki´in5
ICH 202Second-Year Ichishki´in5
ICH 203Second-Year Ichishki´in5
LING 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Indigenous Languages of Oregon)1-5
LT 199Special Studies: [Topic] (Sahaptin Language; Tolowa and Lushootseed Language; Other Indigenous Language)1-5
PHIL 451Native American Philosophy4
Group 2: Law, Policy, Governance, and History
ENVS 411Environmental Issues: [Topic] (Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples)4
ENVS 435Environmental Justice4
ES 258Introduction to Pacific Islander Studies4
ES 321Indigenous Peoples of Oregon4
ES 350Native Americans and the Environment4
ES 456History of Native American Education4
ES 464Relational Studies of Indigeneity, Race and Culture: [Topic] (Black-Indian Relations; Latinx-Indigenous Relations)4
ES 466Native American Ethnohistory4
ES 468Indigenous Research Methods and Ethics4
ES 470Native American and Indigenous Feminisms4
HC 431HHonors College Social Science Colloquium: [Topic] (w/approval of NAIS director/adviser)4
HC 444HHC US: Difference, Inequality, Agency Colloquium: [Topic] (Race and Ethnicity in the American West; North Paiute History; Search for Cayuse Five; Others w/permission of NAIS director/adviser)4
HIST 211Reacting to the Past (w/approval of NAIS director/adviser)4
HIST 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Pacific Northwest Indians; Others w/approval of NAIS director/adviser)4
HIST 407Seminar: [Topic] (Indian Nations in the United States; Others w/approval of NAIS director/adviser)5
HIST 468The Pacific Northwest (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
HIST 469American Indian History: [Topic]4
HIST 473American Environmental History: [Topic] (Indigenous Environmental History)4
HIST 4824
HIST 483Latin America: [Topic] (Indigenous Peoples of Latin America)4
PS 390American Indian Politics4
WGS 251Transnational and Indigenous Feminisms4
Group 3: Literature, Media, and the Arts
ANTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Native Americans in Film)1-5
ENG 244Introduction to Native American Literature4
ENG 315Women Writers' Cultures: [Topic] (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
ENG 316Women Writers' Forms: [Topic] (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
ENG 361Native American Writers4
ENG 381MFilm, Media, and Culture (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
ENG 468Ethnic Literature: [Topic] (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
ENG 469Literature and the Environment: [Topic] (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
ENG 479Major Authors: [Topic] (Native American/Indigenous Writers)4
ENG 485Television Studies (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
ENG 488Race and Representation in Film: [Topic] (Native American/Indigenous Focus)4
ES 370Race, Ethnicity, and Cinema: [Topic] (Native Americans and Film)4
J 412Issues in Communication Studies: [Topic] (Indigenous Peoples & the Media)4
TA 472Multicultural Theater: [Topic] (Native American Theater)4
Related Courses4
Oregon Archaeology (Group 1)
Pacific Islands Archaeology
Native South Americans (Group 1)
Race and Gender in Latin America
Northwest Coast Archaeology (Group 1)
North American Archaeology (Group 1)
Peopling of the Americas
HIST 482
(Group 2)