300 | 400 | Graduate
American Indian Studies
(Interdepartmental Undergraduate Minor)
Program Director: Sidner Larson
The American Indian Studies Program is a cross-disciplinary program
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences which offers an opportunity
to learn more about the cultural heritage of American Indians, their
historical relationship with non-Indians, and their participation
in contemporary American society. This program emphasizes perspectives
from American Indian Studies, anthropology, art, history, literature,
political science, and sociology.
The courses in the American Indian Studies Program provide added
background for students whose career interests may include multicultural
education, human services, legal services, or public administration.
Within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, courses in American
Indian studies can be used as electives, in a minor, or in an interdisciplinary
studies major (for details, see Index, Interdisciplinary Studies).
Students majoring in another college who wish to use these courses
should consult with their advisers.
A minor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must include
at least 15 credits of courses in the field. A minor in American
Indian studies must include 210, two courses chosen from among the
following: 310, 322, 332 and 346, and two additional courses chosen
from the program courses listed below. The American Indian Studies
Program Committee will, upon application by the student and review
of the program, certify that the student has completed a minor in
American Indian Studies.
Because course offerings vary from year to year, any student interested
in a minor in American Indian Studies should contact the American
Indian Studies office for advising. (See Index, LAS Cross-Disciplinary
Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 346.
Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students
Am In 210. Introduction
to American Indian Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Introduction
to the multidisciplinary aspects of American Indian studies. Topics
include literature, the arts, history, anthropology, sociology,
education, and contemporary Indian politics. Guest lectures, media
presentations, and discussion of assigned readings.
Am In 240. Introduction to American Indian
Literature. (Same as Engl 240.) See English.
Am In 310. Topics in American
Indian Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3 each time taken, maximum of 6.
F.S. Issues within specific topical areas of American Indian society
and culture, such as social work with Indian families, tribal government,
and environmental policy.
Am In 315. Archaeology of North America.
(Same as Anthr 315.) See Anthropology.
Am In 322. Peoples and Cultures of Native
North America. (Same as Anthr 322.) See Anthropology.
Am In 323. Peoples and Cultures of Latin
America. (Same as Anthr 323.) See Anthropology.
Am In 328. American Indian Religions.
(Same as Relig 328.) See Religious Studies.
Am In 346. American Indian Literature.
(Same as Engl 346.) See English. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Am In 380. North American Indian Art.
(Same as Art H 380.) See Art and Design.
Am In 420. Cultural Continuity
and Change on the Prairie-Plains. (Same as Anthr 420.) See
Am In 432. Current Issues in Native North
America. (Same as Anthr 432.) See Anthropology.
Am In 490. Independent Study. Cr.
var. Prereq: 6 credits in American Indian studies; permission
of instructor. Designed to meet the needs of students who wish
to study in areas other than those in which courses are offered.
No more than 9 credits in Am In 490 may be counted toward graduation.
Courses Offered by Other Departments
Anthr 428. Archaeological Laboratory
Methods and Techniques. See Anthropology.
Anthr 429. Archaeological Field School.
C I 280C. Native American Tutoring.
See Curriculum Instruction.
Hist 370. History of Iowa. See History.
Hist 465. The American West. See History.
Pol S 312. Minicourse in American Government
and Politics. See Political Science. Acceptable only when
offered as a course in American Indian tribal government and political
Soc 330. Ethnic and Race Relations.