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The AIS Major and Minor

Declaring a Major

Bachelor of Arts Major in American Indian Studies

Suggested First and Second Year College Courses:

Completion of two courses from:

  • AIS 102 (5) - Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 201 (5) - Introduction to American Indian Histories
  • AIS 202 (5) - Introduction to Contemporary Experience in Indian America
  • AIS 203 (5) - Introduction to Philosophical and Aesthetic Universes

Departmental Admission Requirements:

  1. Minimum of 2.0 University GPA
  2. Completion of 10 credits of American Indian Studies classes

Students may declare the major at any time in the quarter. Transfer students must be enrolled at the UW before applying.

Major Requirements:

55 credits as follows:

  1. Introductory courses (10 credits): Two courses from AIS 102, AIS 201, AIS 202, and AIS 203. Other courses may be allowed with the approval of the AIS program chair.
  2. AIS Electives (40 credits): Chosen from AIS courses or a select list of courses from other departments (See below):
  3. Senior Project (5 credits): AIS 498 or an approved alternative.
  4. A minimum of 25 credits of course work at the 300-level or above must be completed at the UW.


The American Indian Studies Minor

Minor Requirements:

Minimum 30 credits to include:

  1. 10 credits of introductory course work in American Indian Studies
  2. 20 credits of AIS electives, chosen from AIS courses or a select list of course from other departments

Introductory Course Work:

  • AIS 102 (5) - Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 201 (5) - Introduction to American Indian Histories
  • AIS 202 (5) - Introduction to Contemporary Experience in Indian America
  • AIS 203 (5) - Introduction to Philosophical and Aesthetic Universe

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Other Department Class Offerings Approved for the Pending AIS Major:

Anthropology:

  • ANTH 310 (5) - Native North American Societies
  • ANTH 418 (5) - Indian Heritage of Mexico and Central America

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Archaeology:

  • ARCHY 320 (5) - Prehistory of the Northwest Coast
  • ARCHY 475 (3) - Maya Prehistory
  • ARCHY 476 (3) - New World States and Empires
  • ARCHY 478 (5) - Prehistory of the Arid West
  • ARCHY 479 (5) - Prehistoric Cultures of North America: Eastern North America

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Art History:

  • ART H 206 (5) - Survey of Native-North American Art
  • ART H 331 (5) - Native Art of the Pacific Northwest
  • ART H 433 (3) - Northern Northwest Coast Native-American Art: Methodologies in Stylistic Analysis
  • ART H 434 (3) - Native-American Art and Ceremony of the Southern and Central Northwest Coast
  • ART H 435 (3) - Thematic Studies in Native-American Art

For class descriptions, please click on the link below:

History of the Americas:

  • HSTAA 412 (5) - The Westward Movement, 1700 - 1850
  • HSTAA 413 (5) - History of the Trans-Mississippi West

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Law:

  • LAW 467 (3) - American Indian Law and the American Indian

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