University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Dec 06, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Indigenous Studies, Minor

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The Indigenous Studies minor is focused on cultures, knowledges, histories, and experiences of Indigenous peoples in the Americas and across the globe. The minor is offered through the Department of Gender, Race and Identity in the College of Liberal Arts. Students will employ a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including Indigenous methods, to understand the rights of Indigenous peoples, their languages, cultures, and socio-political systems. Students also will examine forces that create, shape, and regulate identity, and thus influence both Indigenous experiences and perceptions of those experiences.

Contact Information

Department of Gender, Race, and Identity
Thompson Building 106
(775) 682-6480

College of Liberal Arts Student Center
Thompson Building 101
(775) 682-8745

I. Program Requirements (18 units)

  • Minor GPA | 2. 0
  • Minor Upper-Division Units | 9
  • Minor Residency Requirement | 6 Upper-Division Units in the minor at UNR
  • Unit Limits | Per College of Liberal Arts policy, no more than 9 units counted toward any major may be reused to meet the requirements of this minor.
  • Courses taken through USAC and other approved study abroad programs may be used to complete the minor (with advisor approval).

Students are required to take ETS 280 and 6 additional units from Indigenous-Focused Electives for a total of 9 units. The remaining courses (9 units) may be from either Indigenous-Focused Electives or Contextual Electives.

Where courses are crosslisted between ETS, GRI, or WMST and another department, students are encouraged to enroll on the ETS, GRI, or WMST side of the course.

A. Introductory Course (3 units)

B. Indigenous-Focused Electives (6-15 units)

Indigenous-Focused electives focus on Indigenous perspectives and experiences as a primary course goal. Note that GRI 491, GRI 498 and GRI 499 may apply to Indigenous-Focused Electives with advisor approval and when designed to focus on Indigenous experiences. ETS 307 may apply to Indigenous-Focused Electives when taught with the topic Indigenous Peoples and Biocolonialism.

C. Contextual Electives (0-9 units)

Contextual electives focus on another subject area with Indigenous topics or critical identity studies as significant course components.

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