American Indian Studies

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Fast Facts: American Indian Studies Minor

  • This minor enables students to delve into the history of the American Indian, to explore current events and tribal cultures, and to interact with American Indian peers and professionals on a regular basis.
  • Students will learn American Indian contributions to our social, political, economic and scientific development and develop a broader view and a deeper appreciation of our national heritage.
  • Faculty involved in this unique program not only teach but also advise students and serve in administrative posts.
  • The program boasts the Indian Cultural and Resource Center, which is the hub of educational activities and programs on campus.
  • Students can also join the Aanji-Bimaadizyaang club to get more involved with Indian events and outreach.

Program requirements

Minor: 24 credits

Financial aid

The Indian Scholarship Program is offered by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, often in cooperation with state education departments, for individuals of American Indian descent who meet eligibility requirements. These grants may cover up to full demonstrated need. Inquiries should be addressed to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office nearest you, or to the state office having program jurisdiction.

Students may also qualify for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship or other scholarships for American Indian students. Students should also consult their respective tribe for possible tribal scholarships.

Career outlook

American Indian graduates are currently employed in a variety of fields. including:

  • Education: Teaching in nursing programs, Indian studies and at elementary and secondary schools
  • Administration: Directors of health care programs, tribal leaders
  • Health care service providers: Reservation, Indian health service and other healthcare providers
  • Social work: Reservation, school and county social services


The College of St. Scholastica was one of just five Minnesota colleges named on the list of Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans by Winds of Change magazine.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse INS 2201 - American Indian History I

Political, economic, social and cultural development of the American Indian from precontact through conquest.

Expand and Collapse INS 2202 - American Indian History II

Political, economic, social and cultural development of the American Indian from conquest to the present.

Expand and Collapse INS 2203 - American Indian Literature

Myths, legends, stories from Indian folk literature, as well as American Indian novels and contemporary fiction by American Indian authors.

Expand and Collapse INS 2204 - American Indian Art and Music

Meaning and development of American Indian art forms. Expressions in symbolic form of Indian philosophy and religion are presented. A study of the traditional and contemporary forms of American Indian music including local and alternative music is included.

Expand and Collapse INS 3301 - American Indian Philosophy

Philosophy and religious systems, shamanistic and priesthood societies, reversion and amalgamation religions, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, philosophy and social movements.

Expand and Collapse INS 3308 - Ojibwe History

History and culture of the Ojibwe people.

Expand and Collapse INS 3320 - American Indian Women: Myth/Rl

Issues of early American Indian/white relations, spirituality and religion, economic roles, policy, cultural persistence, land tenure, socialization and property rights, and the role of mothers from the Indian female perspective.

Expand and Collapse INS 4401 - American Indian Law & Policy

American Indian traditional and contemporary governments, legal-political status, changing codes and statutes and social policy issues.

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St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans by Winds of Change magazine.