Approved Courses

The following classes have been approved for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Certificate 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.

Courses approved for the Introduction to Native American/Indigenous Studies requirement 

E 314V – Native American Literature and Culture
This course will begin from the premise that all students can benefit from studying Native American and indigenous literature and culture as part of the process of decolonizing their own heritage, one version of which begins with the question “whose (traditional) land are we on?”  We will read a variety of contemporary native and indigenous writers whose work has challenged colonial representations of native people and fostered indigenous resistance and resurgence.  Seeking to approach learning from an indigenous perspective, we will also explore more generally the role of literature and other forms of writing and culture in visions for social justice.

Courses approved for the Native American/Indigenous Studies certificate
(*Courses approved for the capstone course requirement)

ANT 320L-4/LIN 373: American Indian Languages and Cultures (Anthony Webster)*
This course explores the myriad of indigenous languages of the North America and how they are intertwined with culture. The focus of this course is both descriptive and anthropological. That is, the indigenous languages of the Americas will be considered with respect to their phonologies, complex morphologies, discursive structures, and historical relations as well as their place within the sociocultural milieu of speakers. Language is made real in use. We will look to the uses and users of language.

ANT 324L: Global Indigenous Issues (Paola Canova)*
This course examines contemporary issues facing indigenous peoples around the world. It takes an historical and ethnographic approach to critically analyzing the ways in which indigenous peoples have been impacted and continue to respond to forces such as colonialism and capitalism in different regions of the world. Topics include: Self Determination the Nation State, Human Rights, Gender, Ecologies, Migration and Social Movements.

ARH 347L: Art and Architecture of Ancient Mesoamerica (Julia Guernsey)*
This course surveys the art, architecture, and material culture of a number of the ancient civilizations of Precolumbian Mesoamerica, which flourished in what are now the modern countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.  The course spans the time of the Olmec through that of the Aztecs, or from the 2nd millennium BC until the arrival of the Spanish in 1519.  The goal of this course is to provide students with a general knowledge of the history, ritual traditions, and belief systems of ancient Mesoamericans, as expressed through sculpture, painting, architecture, archaeological remains, and ancient writing systems. 

GRG319/LAS319: Geography of Latin America (Gregory Knapp)
This course is a general introduction to the environmental, cultural, economic and political geography of Latin America and the Caribbean. There are no prerequisites, and an effort is made to make the material accessible to the broadest possible range of students, as citizens and future leaders. At the same time, more advanced students can also benefit from the exploration of such topics as environmental hazards, indigenous life ways and resource management, globalization and modernization, population and migration, cities, sustainable development, geopolitics, ??frontiers, conservation, and cultural survival. The course examines major environmental zones as defined by geomorphology, climate, and biogeography, in terms of risks and hazards, resources, and human impacts. Students also study social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures, including early migrants to the Americas, the rise of chiefdoms and indigenous civilizations including Aztec and Inca, the European conquest and spread of Iberian colonial culture and economic relationships, and the inception and spread of modernization as related to neoliberal and alternative forms of development including indigenous discourses of sustainability in contemporary Latin America. A range of environmental and social science theories and methods are discussed, including plate tectonics, basic climate models, hazards research, circumscription theory, and theories of modernization, dependency, and development. Communication skills are developed through graphical and essay questions on quizzes and exams, the written course project, and discussion in lectures.

GRG 323K-3: South America-Nature, Society and Sustainability (Gregory Knapp)
Maymester Course: This Maymester course is conducted in Ecuador, June 1-July 1. Ecuador is a small country with outstanding environmental and cultural diversity, and is a perfect location for the study of environmental and social change and sustainability. Coastal mangrove wetlands, mountain valleys and peaks and Amazonian lowland forests are home to diverse indigenous peoples and immigrants. The recent Constitution of Ecuador enshrines respect for environmental and cultural diversity as essential for a sustainable buen vivir. This Maymester uses Ecuador as a classroom, maximizing student experiences of a wide range of urban, rural and wild landscapes where students gain insight into current debates about environmental change, agriculture and development.

LAS322: Nahuatl Texts and Histories (Sergio Romero)*
This course will be an introduction to the study of the Nahuatl literary traditions of Mesoamerica. It will include an overview of genres and manuscripts as well as their genealogies and cultural role. After a discussion of a few advanced grammar topics and philological techniques, we will read and translate representative texts of different genres including annals, letters, doctrines, plays, huehuetlahtolli and oral narratives. Our focus will be on the ways history is entextualized across the ample geographic and temporal spaces inhabited by Nahuatl speakers in Mesoamerica. 

MAS 374: Indigenous Film and Television (Dustin Tahmahkera)*
This course critically engages Native and non-Native productions, portrayals, and perceptions of the indigenous in cinematic and televisual texts from the 20th and 21st centuries. Teaching critical thinking and writing skills for interpreting diverse cultural, social, and ideological functions of indigenous representations and media, the course involves deconstructing/analyzing and reconstructing/reimagining images and discourses related to how indigenous identities have been historically and contemporarily produced, represented, and received in media.

Previously Approved Courses

American Studies

AMS 311S (Whitewolf, Edwin) Mythic Indian in American Culture – Fall 2016


ANT 310L (Rodríguez-Alegría, Enrique) Aztecs and Spaniards – Spring 2016
ANT 314C (Rodriguez, Enrique) Intro to Mesoamerican Archeaology (crosslisted as LAS 315 topic 2) – Fall 2014, Fall 2015
ANT 320L (Webster, Anthory) American Indian Languages and Cultures (crosslisted as LIN 373) – Spring 2014, Fall 2015
ANT 322M (Menchaca, Martha) Mexican American Indigenous Heritage (crosslisted as LAS 324 and MAS 374) - Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015
ANT 322M (Stross, Brian) Indians of Mexico and Guatemala – Spring 2013
ANT 322M (Webster, Anthony) Native American Cultures of the Greater Southwest (crosslisted as AMS 321) – Fall 2016
ANT s324L (Speed, Shannon) Global Indigenous Issues - Summer 2014
ANT 324L (Sturm, Circe) The Black Indian Experience - Fall 2013
ANT 324L (TallBear, Kim) Indigenizing Queer Theory - Spring 2015
ANT 324L (Covey, Alan) Inca World – Spring 2016
ANT 324L (Canova, Paola) Global Indigenous Issues – Spring 2016
ANT 325L (Campbell, Craig) Cultures and Ecologies (crosslisted as REE 345) – Fall 2016
ANT 326D (Wade, Mariah) Native Americans in the Plains - Fall 2014, Spring 2014
ANT 326L (Wilson, Sam) Cultures in Contact (crosslisted as LAS 324L) - Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016
ANT 336L (TallBear, Kim) Native American Cultures North of Mexico - Fall 2014
ANT 340C (Sturm, Circe) Ethnographic Research Methods - Fall 2014

Art and Art History

ARH 347L (Guernsey, Julia) Mesoamerican Art and Architecture - Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2015
ARH 347L (Strauss, Stephanie) Mesoamerican Art and Architecture - Spring 2016
ARH 347M (Stuart, David) Maya Art and Architecture – Fall 2016
ARH 347N (Stuart, David) Aztec Art and Civilization (crosslisted as LAS 327) - Fall 2015
ARH 370 (Stuart, David) Aztec Art and Civilization - Fall 2012


E 314V (Stewart, Anne) Native American Literature and Culture - Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2016
E 314V (Uzendoski, Andrew) Native American Literature and Culture (crosslisted as AMS 315F) – Fall 2013
E 379R (Cox, James) Native America Literature - Spring 2014


GRG 319 (Knapp, Gregory) Geography of Latin America (crosslisted as LAS 319) - Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
GRG 323K (Knapp, Gregory) Topic 3 South America-Nature, Society and Sustainability - Spring (Maymester) 2015, Spring (Maymester) 2016
GRG 331K (Knapp, Gregory) Topic 17 Cultural Ecology (crosslisted as ANT 324L) - Spring 2014, Spring 2015


HIS 317L (Bsumek, Erika) Intro to American Indian History - Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2016
HIS 350L (Deans-Smith, Susan) Rethinking the Conquest of Mexico (crosslisted as LAS 366) - Spring 2013, Fall 2014
HIS 350L (Deans-Smith, Susan) Visual and Material Culture of Colonial Latin America (crosslisted as LAS 366) - Spring 2014
HIS 350L (Garrard-Burnett, Virginia) History of Modern Central America – Spring 2016
HIS 350R (Martínez, Anne M.) Race & Citizenship In US History - Fall 2013
HIS 363 (Deans-Smith, Susan) Religion, Conquest, and Conversion in Colonial Mexico and Peru (crosslisted as LAS 366 and RS 368) - Spring 2013, Spring 2014


LIN 350 (England, Nora) Indigenous Languages of the Americas (crosslisted as ANT320L, LAS 322) – Fall 2016

Mexican-American and Latina/o Studies

MAS 319 (Tahmahkera, Dustin) Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (crosslisted as AMS 315, ANT 310L) – Fall 2016
MAS 374 (Colomina-Almiñana, Juan) Sociolinguistics for MALS majors - Spring 2015
MAS 374 (Tahmahkera, Dustin) Indigenous Film and Television – Spring 2016
MAS 374 (Tahmahkera, Dustin) Comanches in Literature and Film – Summer 2016

Religious Studies

RS 346 (Graber, Jennifer) Native American Religions (crosslisted as AMS 327) - Fall 2014

Spanish and Portuguese

SPC 320C (Romero, Sergio) Colonialism, Indigenous Languages and Revolution in Mesoamerica – Spring 2016
SPN 328C (McDonough, Kelly) Intro to Iberian and Latin American Lit/Cultures (crosslisted as LAS 370S) - Fall 2015
SPN 350 (McDonough, Kelly) Indigenous Voices in Latin American Literature: Nahua Literary and Cultural - Fall 2013
SPN 352 (Arias, Arturo) Literatura Indígena Contemporánea (crosslisted as LAS 370S) - Fall 2012 *taught in Spanish
SPN 355 (McDonough, Kelly) Topics in Latin American Literatures and Cultures: Cultures in Contact in Colonial Spanish America - Fall 2014
SPN 356 Topic 3 (Arias, Arturo) Contemporary Mesoamerican Indigenous Literatures - Fall 2014
SPN 356 (Cárcamo-Huechante) Indigenous Resurgence – Fall 2016

Undergraduate Studies

UGS 302 (McDonough, Kelly) Indigenous Cultures: A Global Approach – Fall 2016
UGS 302 (Epps, Patience) Languages and Cultures of Amazonia – Fall 2016
UGS 302 (Deans Smith, Susan) When Worlds Collide: Indigenous Peoples Under Spanish Colonial Rule - Fall 2014
UGS 303 (Knapp, Gregory) Latin America: Environmental History and Sustainability - Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016