Jennifer Hildebrand, Coordinator
E304 Thompson Hall
The American Indian Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary study of the anthropological, historical, cultural, educational and political developments that have formed present-day Native America. The program is designed for students with the desire to better understand American Indian and Alaskan Native cultures by studying pre-contact history via oral tradition, post-European contact via biography, and present day "Indian Country" through federal policies, films, and literature. American Indian ethnic identities and stereotypes, as formed by these media, will be studied to promote new ways of thinking about race and culture. The multi-disciplinary nature of the minor allows for participation from students of all backgrounds in developing a new view of American Indian cultures while helping to dispel the Pan-Indian stereotype endemic in the American education system.