The American Indian studies minor affords students with an interest in Native American issues and culture the opportunity to study the historical geography, anthropology, and contemporary problems of a wide range of tribal groups. Of special concern within the minor are the changing perceptions of American Indians in society and the current socio-economic challenges these groups face.

Perhaps the most appealing aspects of the minor are the field components: field study opportunities to Mississippi Mound sites, Plains battle sites, and Southwest historic sites and internship placements on any of several American Indian reservations in Wisconsin. For more information, contact department chair teresa.bals-elsholz@valpo.edu.

Requirements

A minimum of 16 credit hours is required for the minor and must include at least one 100-level geography course and at least six credit hours from the following courses:

  • GEO 200 American Ethnic Geography
  • GEO 274 North American Indian on Film
  • GEO 490/590 Selected Topics in Geography

and six additional credit hours from:

  • GEO 385/585 Field Study
  • GEO 474/574 Historical Geography of the United States
  • GEO 486 Internship in Geography

Note: Students may not use the same set of courses to fulfill a geography major and an American Indian Studies minor.

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Field Courses

Plains Indians
AIS students have regular opportunities to take field courses like this one.