Approved Courses

The following classes have been approved for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Graduate Portfolio for the Fall 2016 Semester.

*The following information is provided for your convenience and is accurate at its posting.  Please check the official course schedule for the most up-to-date information.

ANT 383M (31390) – Archival Research (Mariah Wade, Anthropology)
In this course we will analyze and discuss the archive, archives and archival research relevant to Historical Anthropology (or Ethnohistory). We will explore a variety of archival media and profit from the vast resources of the University of Texas. The seminar will be run as a project-oriented workshop, whereby students will spend most of the semester working on their research projects. Theoretical readings and discussions will aim to guide students through the research process. Students who register for this course are required to have a fairly clear idea of the research topic they intend to pursue. Furthermore, students who commit to this course are requested to contact the instructor as early as possible to discuss, broadly, their individual research interests. This course is open to students of all subfields of Anthropology. *Meets Fridays 1:00-4:00pm

ANT 391 (31440) / LAS 391 (40500) – Neoliberalism, Indigenous People, and the State (Paola Canova, Anthropology)
Course description to follow. *Meets Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm

EDC 395 (09890) – Environmental Education (Fikile Nxumalo, Curriculum and Instruction)
This course foregrounds a cross-disciplinary approach to environmental education by bringing environmental education into conversation with work in Indigenous studies, critical geographies and the environmental humanities. The intents of this cross-disciplinary approach are: to situate understandings of the 'environment' within current times of planetary damage; to highlight the entanglements of settler colonialism and environmental degradation, and; to explore curricular and pedagogical approaches that foreground decolonial justice-oriented perspectives of place. *Meets Wednesdays 4:00-7:00pm

GRG 395D (37330) / LAS 388 (40490) – Latin America: Cultures, Environment and Development (Gregory Knapp, Geography and the Environment)
Exploration through Latin American examples of issues of cultural identity and territory, adaptive strategies, environmental impact, conservation, cultural survival, parks and people, and sustainable development. *Meets Mondays 7:00-10:00pm

ILA 386 (45745) / LAS 381 (40440) – The Hispanization of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (Sergio Romero, Spanish and Portuguese)
This seminar examines the lexical, structural, social and stylistic influence of Spanish on the indigenous languages of Latin America.  It seeks to clarify the scope of changes in grammar and discourse induced by contact with Spanish. It starts with a critical review of theories of contact followed by the analysis of case studies representative of typologically distinct indigenous languages. It ends with a critical assessment of the study of contact phenomena in Latin America. Readings will cover not only change in phonology, morphology and syntax but also the emergence of new discourse genres and language ideologies. Case studies to be considered include, among others, Nahuatl, K’iche’ Maya, Yucatec Maya, Q’eqchi’ Maya and Quechua. *Meets Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm

INF 385T (28210) – Access and Care of Indigenous Cultural Knowledge (Loriene Roy, Information)
We will explore the overlap between indigenous world views and the professional values of those who might hold representations of indigenous cultural knowledge in their collections.  We will advance our understanding through readings, discussion, interviews with library, archives, and museums (LAM) professionals, and writing. Topics to be explored include: Indigeneity and Traditional Knowledge; Cultural protocol; Guidance from professional organizations including documents such as: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network [ATSILIRN] Protocols", Assembly of Alaska Native Educators. "Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge", "Mataatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous People", "Protocols for Native American Archival Materials"; Consultation with Tribes; Shared authority; Respectful Collection Development and Management; Research Methods and Decolonization; Organization and Description of indigenous content including tools/methods such as Koha and Mukurtu; Repatriation; Current events and 'hot topics' as they arise: e.g., truth & reconciliation, banned books, popular media. *Meets Tuesdays 3:00-6:00pm

LAS 391 (40493) – Epistemologies of Decolonization, Identity, and Power (Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo, Tinker Visiting Professor, LLILAS)
This course focuses on the relationship between knowledge and the power in postcolonial and neo-colonial contexts, using as a theoretical base the debates on decoloniality and decolonialization. Situating such debates in a wider theoretical field of knowledge, power and identity production, particularly of indigenous and afro-descendent populations on the continent. The course focuses as well on analyzing hegemonic processes that regulate vertical ordering of society based on class, ethnic, racial and gender differences such as in organized processes that pretend to modify these social structures. In relation to the former, the content of the course focuses on the production of new epistemologies that emerge as a response to homogenizing, invisibilizing and symbolic appropriation processes in distinctive social spheres. These include educational environments, judicial frameworks, reconfiguration of the meanings of concepts, such as territory and development, and in the re-elaboration of cultural stereotypes in the arts and communication mediums. In addition, the course has the objective of offering the students central theoretical approximations for critical anthropology while locating such debates in specific contexts. *Meets Tuesdays 1:00-4:00pm

LAW 697C (29292) – Human Rights Clinic (Ariel Dulitzky, Law)
Working from the advocate’s perspective, students collaborate with human rights organizations worldwide to support human rights claims in domestic and international fora, to investigate and document human rights violations, to develop and participate in advocacy initiatives before the United Nations, regional and national human rights bodies, and to engage with global and local human rights campaigns. *Meets Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15-3:30pm

Language courses that count toward the portfolio

LAL 385K (40147) – Intensive K'iche' I (Sergio Romero)
*Meets Mondays and Tuesdays 12:00-1:30pm 

LAL 385K (40150) – Intensive Nahautl I (Sergio Romero and Sabina Cruz de la Cruz)

*Meets Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am 

LAL 385K (40155) – Intensive Nahautl II (Sergio Romero and Sabina Cruz de la Cruz)
*Meets Mondays and Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm

Previously Approved Courses


ANT 384M (Rodriguez, Enrique) Aztecs and Spaniards - Fall 2012

ANT 383M (Rodriguez, Enrique) Empires: Aztec and Spanish - Fall 2013

ANT 391 (Menchaca, Martha) Oral Traditions and History - Fall 2013, Spring 2015

ANT 391 (Merabet, Sofian) Anthropology Between Culture and Society - Fall 2014

ANT 391 (Speed, Shannon) Theorizing from the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas - Fall 2013

ANT 391 (Sturm, Circe) The Politics and Conditions of Indigeneity - Fall 2012

ANT 391 (Sturm, Circe) The Politics and Conditions of Indigeneity - Spring 2015

ANT 391 (Velásquez Nimatuj, Irma Alicia) Indigenous People, Gender, and Politics - Spring 2016

ANT 391 (van Akkeren, Ruud) Penetrating Maya Thought - Spring 2016

ANT 392Q (Bolnick, Deborah & Kim TallBear) Race and Science - Spring 2015

ANT 392T (Menchaca, Martha & Valdez, Fred) Mesoamerica and Borderlands - Spring 2016

Art and Art History

ARH 390 (Guernsey, Julia) Topics in Precolumbian Art (with a tentative title of: Situating and Critiquing the Formulation of “Elite” or “High Culture” in Ancient Mesoamerica) - Fall 2014

ARH 390 (Guernsey, Julia) The Relaciones Geograficas in 16th Century Mesoamerica - Spring 2013

ARH 390 (Stewart, David) Maya Hieroglyphs and Iconography - Fall 2012

ARH 390 (Stuart, David) The Painting Traditions of Mesoamerica - Spring 2013, Spring 2016

Curriculum and Instruction

EDC 385G (Urrieta, Luis) Identity, Agency, and Education - Spring 2016

EDC 388R (Nxumalo, Fikile) Postmodern Analytical Methods - Spring 2016


ENG 395M (Cox, James) Contemporary Native American Fiction and Theory - Spring 2013


GRG 395D / LAS 388 (Knapp, Gregory) Latin America: Culture, Environment and Development - Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

GRG 396T (Beach, Timothy) Geoarchaeology of Mesoamerica - Fall 2014  

GRG 395D / LAS 388 (Stuart, David) Latin America: Cultures, Environment and Development – Fall 2015


HIS 350 (Smith, Susan Deans) Rethinking the Conquest of Mexico - Spring 2013

HIS 389 (Martinez, Anne M.) Religion in the Borderlands - Spring 2013

Indigenous Languages of Latin America

LAL 385K (Romero, Sergio) Intensive Nahautl - Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

MAS 392 (Tahmahkera, Dustin) Visualizing Indigeneity in the Americas - Spring 2016

Latin American Studies

LAS 381 / ARH 390 (Guernsey, Julia) The Relaciones Geograficas in 16th Century Mesoamerica - Spring 2013

LAS 388 / GRG 395D (Knapp, Gregory) Latin America: Culture, Environment and Development - Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

LAS 391 / ANT 391 / ILA 387 (Escobar Ohmstede, Antonio) Indigenous Communities of Postcolonial Latin America - Fall 2015


LAW 397C (Dulitsky, Ariel) Human Rights Law Clinic – Fall 2015

Religious Studies

R S 383C / HIS 381 (Graber, Jennifer) Religion and Empire – Spring 2015

Spanish and Portuguese

ILA 387 (McDonough, Kelly) Studies in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures: Spanish TOPIC: Indigenous Cultures in Colonial Mexico - Fall 2014

ILA 387 (Arias, Arturo) Contemporary Mesoamerican Indigeneities - Spring 2015

ILA 387 (McDonough, Kelly) Colonial Space and Mapping - Spring 2016