Indigenous Studies (INDS)

Sean Teuton
Director of Indigenous Studies
Kimpel Hall 333

The Indigenous Studies minor invites discovery of alternative world views, ecological relationships, societies, religions, arts, and governments of indigenous peoples in North America and beyond from antiquity to the present. Immersed in this inherently interdisciplinary field of study, students have the opportunity to master and employ its many theories and methodologies, debates and issues, in often comparative contexts. Such exposure and training prepares those who achieve the minor for graduate work in the humanities, business, law, and the sciences as they pertain to indigenous peoples, but also for any career that requires a supple knowledge of cultural difference between Arkansas and an increasingly global world.

Requirements for a Minor in Indigenous Studies

Students seeking the minor in Indigenous Studies must complete three courses, one from each of three core groups: Culture, History and Literature. Students then complete two additional elective courses from the list below for a total of 15 credit hours. Other courses not listed below may serve the requirements, although only as approved by the Indigenous Studies program director. Only 6 credit hours can count toward requirements of other majors or minors.

ANTH 32103Indigenous Peoples of North America: Anthropological Perspectives3
ANTH 34703North American Prehistory3
ANTH 35303Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 41403Ecological Anthropology3
HIST 32603History of the American Indian3
COMM 39803Special Topics3
ENGL 35503Topics in Native American Literature and Culture 13
ENGL 45503Studies in Native American Literature and Culture 13
WLLC 40403The Early French in North America 23
WLLC 30503The Colonial French in the Mississippi Valley 23

 Topics and studies include over a dozen courses.


 Courses focus on early indigenous and French encounters in the Canadian Quebec region and along the Lower Mississippi River Valley, including the Arkansas area, respectively, combining ethnohistory and literary study of accounts found in original documents. Taught in English language.