Native American Studies

Kirby Brown, Program Director 
541-346-0904 fax 
104 Alder Building 
5268 University of Oregon 
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5268 

The University of Oregon offers a minor in Native American studies, housed in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies. 

Native American studies is an interdisciplinary field that uses multiple approaches—from history, anthropology, law, literature, ethnic studies, and other disciplines—to understand contemporary Native American lives, and to examine Native American identities, practices, histories, cultures, and political statuses in context from the earliest times until the present. Academically, the central goal of the minor in Native American studies is to inform students about the unique place of tribes in the state-tribal-federal intergovernmental matrix and about the myriad distinct issues Native peoples of the United States face, from language and cultural protection to environmental issues to economic development and tribal sovereignty. In a state with nine federally recognized Indigenous nations and a Native American population 50 percent higher proportionally than the national average, this is critical information for future leaders in all fields. 

Native American and Indigenous Studies

Students may earn a minor in Native American and Indigenous studies. The primary goal of the minor is to help students understand contemporary and historic native lives through attention to the politics, cultures, identities, and practices of Native American and indigenous peoples. A secondary goal of the program is to encourage student awareness of the ethnic and cultural dimensions and applications of other major fields. Students of literature, social sciences, education, urban planning, art history, humanities, international studies—to name only a few—find that related Native American and Indigenous studies courses can enrich their academic programs.

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 Studies Program.

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 199Special Studies: [Topic]1-5
ANTH 248Archaeology of Wild Foods4
ANTH 310Exploring Other Cultures: [Topic] (Oregon Indians)4
ANTH 320Native North Americans4
ANTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
ANTH 434Native South Americans4
ANTH 442Northwest Coast Archaeology4
ANTH 443North American Archaeology4
ANTH 438Race and Gender in Latin America4
EDST 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
EDST 456Decolonization and Education3
ES 196Field Studies: [Topic]1-5
ES 199Special Studies: [Topic]1-5
ES 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
FLR 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
HC 231HSocial Science Inquiry: [Topic]4
LING 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Native Languages of Oregon)1-5
LING 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
LING 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
LT 199Special Studies: [Topic] (Sahaptin Language; Tolowa and Lushootseed Language)1-5
PHIL 451Native American Philosophy4
Group 2: Law, Policy, Governance, and History
ENVS 411Environmental Issues: [Topic] (Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples)4
ES 258Introduction to Pacific Islander Studies4
ES 350Native Americans and the Environment4
ES 321Indigenous Peoples of Oregon4
ENVS 435Environmental Justice4
ES 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Oregon Indians)4
ES 407Seminar: [Topic] (Native American Ethnohistory; Native American and African American Relations; Native-Latinx Relations)4
ES 456History of Native American Education4
ES 464Relational Studies of Indigeneity, Race and Culture: [Topic]4
ES 466Native American Ethnohistory4
ES 468Indigenous Research Methods and Ethics4
HC 431HHonors College Social Science Colloquium: [Topic]4
HC 444HHonors College American Cultures Colloquium: [Topic] (Race and Ethnicity in the American West; North Paiute History)4
HIST 211Reacting to the Past4
HIST 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Pacific Northwest Indians)5
HIST 407Seminar: [Topic] (Indian Nations in the United States)5
HIST 468The Pacific Northwest4
HIST 482Aztecs and Incas4
HIST 483Latin America: [Topic]4
HIST 469American Indian History: [Topic]4
PS 390American Indian Politics4
PS 399Special Studies: [Topic] (American Indian Politics)1-5
WGS 251Transnational and Indigenous Feminisms4
WGS 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-4
Group 3: Literature, Media, and the Arts
ANTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Native Americans in Film)1-5
ENG 244Introduction to Native American Literature4
ENG 468Ethnic Literature: [Topic]4
ENG 361Native American Writers4
ENG 381MFilm, Media, and Culture (Native American Film)4
ENG 488Race and Representation in Film: [Topic] (Native American Literature and Film)4
ES 370Race, Ethnicity, and Cinema: [Topic] (Native Americans and Film)4
ES 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
J 412Issues in Communication Studies: [Topic] (American Indians and the Media)4
TA 472Multicultural Theater: [Topic] (Native American Theater)4
Related Courses4
Oregon Archaeology (Group 1)
Native South Americans (Group 1)
Northwest Coast Archaeology (Group 1)
North American Archaeology (Group 1)
Peopling of the Americas
Pacific Islands Archaeology