Approved Courses

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

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

E 314V (34680, 34685) / AMS 315L (30630, 30635) – Native American Literature and Culture (Ann Cvetkovich, English and Anne Stewart, English)
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. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:30pm or 12:30pm-2:00pm

HIS 317L (39135) / AMS 315 (30595) – Introduction to American Indian Histories (Erika Bsumek, History)
This survey course will examine the history of Native American societies in North America from the earliest records to the present. We will explore the diverse ways in which Indian societies were structured, the different ways that indigenous peoples have responded to colonization and the complex history of European/Indian relations. Attention will be paid to political, social, economic and cultural transformation of Native American societies over time. We will cover, among other things, the following topics: disease, religion, trade, captivity narratives, warfare, diplomacy, removal, assimilation, education, self-determination, and gaming. *Meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:00-11:00am

MAS 319 (35990) / AMS 315 (30593) / ANT 310L (31135) – Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies (Dustin Tahmahkera, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies)
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to issues in Native American and Indigenous Studies, including but not limited to research conducted by affiliate faculty of the Native American and Indigenous Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin. Topics may include indigenous historiography, decolonization, geography, tribal law and policy, education, health, language revitalization, intellectualism, expressive culture, media, and other subjects. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:30pm

UGS 302 (61945) – Indigenous Cultures: A Global Approach (Kelly McDonough, Spanish and Portuguese)
Identify and understand threads that connect native cultures, as well as the specificities pertinent to certain groups and not others. Areas to be treated are North and South Americas, the Pacific, and Australia/New Zealand, with special emphasis on native cultures in Texas. Focus on the following themes: Ways of knowing/histories; native representations, media and the arts; language and identity; the sacred: spirituality and land; genders and sexualities; self-governance, culture, and sustainable development; urbanism: past and present, and indigenous rights: struggles and revitalizations. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:30pm

Courses approved for the Native American/Indigenous Studies certificate

AMS 311S (30570) – Mythic Indian in American Culture (Edwin Whitewolf, American Studies)
American culture is replete with images of the “Indian.” From the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to professional sports team mascots, and from the packaging on Land ‘o’ Lakes butter to Walt Disney animated feature films, the “Indian” remains a pervasive yet enigmatic figure, but also, in the words of Vine Deloria, “unreal and ahistorical.” What exactly was Deloria saying when he wrote those words in 1969, and how are his comments relevant to the images of Native people in American culture then and now? Where do these images come from, and how are they connected to the creation of the republic of the United States of America? Further, how have these images helped in creating stereotypes that have been utilized by non-Native people, and how have these stereotypes been used? How and why have these stereotypes changed over the past 500 years? Finally, what are the broader political and cultural consequences of these stereotypes for Native people in America?  This course will interrogate the image of the mythic Indian in American popular culture, as seen through a variety of media, including American history, world’s fairs and expositions, public museum exhibits, literature, and film. In doing so, we will focus upon popular stereotypes, with specific attention paid to their genealogies. We will begin by analyzing the role of these images and their relevance to the United States of America, and how they have continued to operate throughout American history. We will also spend some time focused upon critical responses to these images from Native American people. *Meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:00-10:00am

ANT 325L (31290) / REE 345 (44570) – Cultures and Ecologies (Craig Campbell, Anthropology)
This seminar examines the anthropology of “nature” and “natural resources,” with particular attention to the communities in the arctic and subarctic regions. We will use ethnographies to learn about the cultures of peoples who inhabit northern latitudes (e.g. Russia, Alaska, Canada), especially their cosmological modes of belief and their ecological ways of life. We will explore the complexities of culture change through the lens of colonialism and question the popular misconceptions that these peoples are out-of-time with the ‘modern’ world. Climate change is disproportionately affecting northern peoples, and the imperiled arctic has been caught in the global politics of energy. We will engage in a nuanced exploration of human experience framed against industrialism and extractive economies in the North, along the way considering controversial topics such as energy futures and the ends of history. *Meets Fridays 1:00-4:00pm

ANT 326L (31315) / LAS 324L (40250) – Cultures in Contact (Samuel Wilson, Anthropology)
"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:30pm

UGS 302 (62005) – Languages and Cultures of Amazonia (Patience Epps, Linguistics)
Investigates the languages and cultures of indigenous Amazonians, with an eye to understanding their past and the challenges of their present. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:30pm

UGS 303 (62925, 62930, 62935, 62940, 62945, 62950) – Latin America: Environmental History and Sustainability (Gregory Knapp, Geography and the Environment)
Within the context of present day debates about sustainability, course presents an overview of Latin America's environmental characteristics and the long-term history of human uses of environmental opportunities, environmental hazards, and human impacts on the environment. *Meets Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:00pm and discussion section

Courses approved for the capstone course requirement

ANT 322M (31205) / AMS 321 (30650) – Native American Cultures of the Greater Southwest (Anthony Webster, Anthropology)
This class explores the diverse Native cultures of the Southwest. The class focuses on the philosophical underpinnings and the frameworks of meaning and moral responsibility of indigenous peoples of the American Southwest. The goal is to give students a broader view of the Native peoples of North America and specifically of the Southwest. By focusing on the diverse peoples and cultures of the Southwest, this course aims to increase knowledge concerning specific Native populations today (Hopi, Navajo, Apache, Zuni, Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, and others). This course pays particular attention to expressive forms, current political issues, political economy, and the on-going legacy of settler colonialism.*Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm

ARH 347M (20263) – Maya Art and Architecture (David Stuart, Art and Art History)
Introduction to the artistic traditions of the ancient Maya, tracing their development up to the time of European contact. Students will examine various important themes of Maya culture including history, ritual, and cosmology as revealed in sculpture, hieroglyphs, painting, and architectural design. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm

LIN 350 (40805) / ANT 320L (31195) / LAS 322 (40245) – Indigenous Languages of the Americas (Nora England, Linguistics)
Nontechnical examination of social, educational, and political problems to which current linguistic knowledge is relevant. Examines various aspects of languages in the Americas, including their linguistic structures, the cultural domains in which they exist, and their histories of language contact and change. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am

SPN 356 (46505) / LAS 370S (40375) – Indigenous Resurgence (Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, Spanish and Portuguese)
Examines how indigenous writers, artists, and cultural producers have established their own voices and languages through writing and other forms of media. Analysis of the indigenous artistic and intellectual production in concrete political and cultural contexts. *Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:00am 

The following class has been approved for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Certificate for the Summer 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.

MAS f374 (82325) / AMS f321 (80297) – Comanches in Literature and Film (Dustin Tahmahkera, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies)
This course introduces 20th and 21st century literature and film featuring real and fictional Comanches in the Comanchería and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. From silent films to Hollywood and independent productions, from historical fiction to literary analysis, we will compare texts and their diverse portrayals of Comanche identity and intercultural relations. Goals of the course include placing the readings and films into historical and cultural contexts, comparing Comanche, indigenous Mexican, and Anglo representation in literature and film, and strengthening critical reading and viewing skills. This course can count as a capstone course.

Previously Approved Courses


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 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 326D (Wade, Mariah) Native Americans in the Plains - Fall 2014, Spring 2014
ANT 326 (Wilson, Sam) Cultures in Contact (crosslisted as LAS 324) - Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
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 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
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
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

Mexican-American and Latina/o Studies

MAS 374 (Colomina-Almiñana, Juan) Sociolinguistics for MALS majors - Spring 2015
MAS 374 (Tahmahkera, Dustin) Indigenous Film and Television – Spring 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

Undergraduate Studies

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