Approved Courses

The following classes have been approved for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Graduate Portfolio for the Spring 2017 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 391 (31465) / LAS 391 (40690) / MAS 392 (36710): Oral Traditions And History (Martha Menchaca) W 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. SAC 4.120
This course will examine oral traditions (narratives about the past) and the politics of writing histories. We will explore how ethnographers recover historical information and reconstitute community histories. Auto-ethnography and autobiography will also be explored as historical methods and theoretical approaches that attempt to change the relations between author and informant. Central issues of analysis include: hermeneutics, oral tradition theories and methods, how people remember the past, memory, the politics of writing, and race.

EDC 388R-4 (10015) / WGS 393 (47425): Postmodern Analytical Methods (Fikile Nxumalo) W 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. SZB 526
This qualitative research methods course is designed for graduate students with an interest using postmodern theories (and their accompanying ontological and epistemological commitments) to think with data (Jackson & Mazzei, 2012). The primary approach taken in this course will be to work with selected postmodern/poststructural theoretical concepts in relation to their methodological and knowledge-making possibilities in education research. We will engage with the broad category of ‘postmodern research’ in two key ways. In the first part of the course we will focus on post-qualitative research methods, with a particular emphasis on new material feminist, post-structuralist and posthumanist orientations that approach research (e.g. data and analysis) in different ways from conventional qualitative inquiry. We will pay particular attention to possibilities in these methods for troubling universal truths and inequities, making visible power relations, and complicating human subjectivity in educational contexts. In the second part of the course, we will engage with research methods that resonate with as well as critically encounter recent ‘post’ turns in qualitative research, such as selected Indigenous research methodologies, postcolonial and Black feminist theories. We will engage with the course topics in multiple ways, including close reading of texts, multi-media experiences, and guest lectures. We will also engage in in-class and out-of-class encounters with ‘data’ and ‘analysis’, such as engagements with interview data, document analysis and classroom observations.

ILA 387 (45810) / LAS 381 (40585): Colonialisms/Postcolonialisms in Latin American/Transatlantic Contexts (Kelly McDonough) TTH 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. BEN 1.118
This course centers on a deceivingly simple question: what does it mean to be a Latin America/Transatlantic Colonial Studies scholar in the 21st century? Drawing from literary and cultural criticism, anthropology, linguistics, history, and art history, this interdisciplinary graduate seminar addresses how the sub-field has changed since the 1992 quincentennial of Spanish conquest and colonization of the Americas, where Colonial Studies is heading in the future, and the relevance of Colonial Studies for student-scholars working beyond the early 19th century. Throughout the semester, students will be exposed to new approaches—both qualitative and quantitative—to key issues under debate in the sub-field today. Both canonical and non-canonical primary sources will be analyzed through a variety of lenses, with particular attention paid to visual texts, spatial experiences and representations (both colonial-period and 21st century GIS reconstructions), and social network theory as increasingly indispensable sources and tools. Students will also participate in archival and paleography workshops in the Benson Rare Books Collection in order to prepare for successful future archival research. Issues to be considered throughout the semester include colonialisms and colonialities; tensions between alphabetic and visual literacies; languages in contact; gender, race, and sexuality; colonial law and ordering; violence; ritual, performance, and religion; the non-human other; and objects in circulation.

LAL 385K (40310): Intensive Nahuatl I (Sergio Romero) MT 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. SRH 1.319

LAW 697C (29285): Human Rights Clinic (Ariel Dulitzky) MW 2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. TNH 3.114
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. 

Previously Approved Courses


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

ANT 383M (Wade, Mariah) Archival Research - Fall 2016

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

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 (Canova, Paola) Neoliberalism, Indigenous People and the State - Fall 2016

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

EDC 395K (Nxumalo, Fikile) Environmental Education for Young Children - Fall 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, Fall 2016

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, Fall 2016

LAL 385K (Romero, Sergio) Intensive K'iche' - Fall 2016


INF 385T (Roy, Loriene) Access and Care of Indigenous Cultural Knowledge - Fall 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

LAS 391 (Hernandez Castillo, Rosalva) Epistemologies of Decolonization, Identity and Power - Fall 2016


LAW 397C/697C (Dulitsky, Ariel) Human Rights Law Clinic – Fall 2015, Fall 2016

Religious Studies

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

Spanish and Portuguese

ILA 386 (Romero, Sergio) Hispanization of Indigenous Language - Fall 2016

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