Approved Courses

 

The following classes have been approved for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Certificate for the Spring 2019 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.

(1Courses approved for the introduction to NAIS requirement; *Courses approved for the capstone course requirement)

ANT 310L/LAS 315: Aztecs and Spaniards (E. Rodriguez) MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM, SAC 4.174


*ANT 320L/LIN 373: American Indian Languages And Cultures (A. Webster) TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM, SAC 4.174


ANT 325L 11/AMS 321: Cultural Heritage on Display (S. Seriff) MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM, SAC 4.118
 
*ANT 326E: Plains Archaeology: Prehistory/History (M. Wade) TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM, SAC 4.174
Life on the Plains has never been easy. The ecological characteristics of the Plains enabled varied human populations to adapt and change in response to environmental and historical circumstances. This course explores the evidence of human activities on the Great Plains, with a primary focus on the central and southern plains from prehistoric to historic times (ca. 11.000 BP to ca. AD 1850). We will review, critically, the principal environmental concepts used to define the plains, discuss the impact of specific resources such as the bison, and examine a number of archaeological sites as well as some relevant historical records. 
 
*ARH 347L: Mesoamerican Art/Culture (J. Guernsey) TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM, ART 1.1.20
Mesoamerican art, architecture, and its archaeological context, with emphasis on the social function of art and visual culture in ancient Mesoamerica up to the time of European contact.
  
*ARH 347M/LAS327/ANT 324L/GRG 356T: Maya Art/Architecture (D. Stuart)
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.

1HIS 317L/AMS 315: Introdution to American Indian History (B. Dixon) MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM, RLP 0.126
In this course we will investigate the histories of the Native peoples of North America from the beginning to the present day. Students will learn about the unique and specific histories of indigenous nations in North America, deepening their knowledge of Native cultures, languages, religions, political and economic systems, gender relations, astronomies, cartographies, as well as the internal dynamics that helped propel each nation's history. The course will also consider commonalities in the experiences of Native peoples. In particular, we will examine the effects of colonialism in great detail, connecting students with a wide array of Native American perspectives on colonial and United States history. You will become familiar with the development of Native American rights in North America and with the many Native leaders who led the struggles to secure them.
 
*R S 346D/AMS 327: Native American Religion (J. Graber) MW 1:00PM-2:30PM, CMA 5.190
Before European colonization, the North American continent featured myriad Indian nations practicing many different religious traditions and ceremonies. In this course, we will examine the religious traditions of several American Indian groups: the Pueblos of the American Southwest, the Wendats of the eastern Woodlands, and the Lakotas of the Plains. We will look at the myths and rituals that composed these nations’ religious identities. We will then examine the ways that contact with Europeans affected their religious beliefs and practices. In turn, we will study how Native American communities have transformed old practices and fashioned new ones since those initial contacts. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to see the diversity among American Indian groups and the way in which religious ideas and practices serve living, changing communities of people.
  
UGS 302: Global Indigenous Media (K. McDonough) TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM, WAG 208
Explores similarities and differences of native cultures through research of various areas with an emphasis on those in Texas.
 
UGS 303: Mayan Languages in Time and Space (N. England) MW 9:00AM-10:00AM plus F session, RLP 1.106
Many think of the Maya as a mysterious ancient people, lost somewhere in the jungles of Central America, writing in an unknown and unknowable language. In fact, Mayan words can be found in hieroglyphic texts from over a thousand years ago, and can be heard today in throughout Mexico and Guatemala. Examines the more than thirty Mayan languages spoken today, the culture that surrounds these languages, and how they have changed over time.


The following classes have been approved for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Certificate for the Fall 2018 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.

(1Courses approved for the introduction to NAIS requirement; *Courses approved for the capstone course requirement)

Strand: Native Territories and Indigenous Environmentalisms

UGS 303: Latin America: Environmental History and Sustainability (Greg Knapp)
The course explores Latin America’s resources, natural hazards, and conservation issues, in the context of long-term cultural, economic and environmental change and present day debates about modernization and sustainability. The course touches on the methods of geography, ecological anthropology, economics, government, and environmental history, and also interdisciplinary fields such as Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Development Studies, and Sustainability Studies.  Students will learn how to assess a variety of sources of information, and develop skills to interpret them in the context of historical cultures and politics. In this course, there is a special emphasis on ethical issues related to poverty, environmental protection and human rights in the context of sustainability. This course carries the Global Cultures flag. A substantial portion of the grade will come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of Latin American indigenous groups. This course is on the UT Rappaport Center for Human Rights and Justice list of courses pertaining to human rights study.

Strand: Indigenous Languages, Linguistic and Cultural Revitalization

* LIN 350 / LAS 322 / ANT 320L: Indigenous Languages of the Americas (Nora England)
This course is an introduction to the indigenous languages that are and have been spoken in the Americas.  It begins with an overview of the languages and their status, and then considers some of the diverse linguistic structures that American indigenous languages have.  The cultural and social domains in which American indigenous languages exist are examined, as is the history of language contact and language change in different areas.  The course ends with a reconsideration of the situation of indigenous languages and their speakers today.

Strand: Native Spiritualities and Knowledges

* SPN 397C: Spanish Colonialism in the Indigenous Borderlands (Kelly McDonough)
LLILAS-Benson’s Rare Books Collection at UT Austin holds many colonial-period manuscripts pertaining to Spanish colonialism and Indigenous peoples in what is today considered the Borderlands. Beyond specialized scholars, very few are aware of these unique sources of indigenous history, and even fewer possess the proper training to contextualize and make sense of them. Moreover, they are generally unavailable to the people whose history they contain, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. Through an experiential learning format, students will explore Rare Books holdings related to the course topic. They will acquire and practice rigorous research skills including analysis of primary sources, contextualization with other scholarly resources, and interpretation utilizing theoretical approaches related to cultures in contact, physical and epistemological violence, and notions of territory and sovereignty. The course will culminate with a public exhibition of research findings geared toward a general public and presented using digital tools. This course is taught in Spanish.

UGS 303: Cultural Identities and Differences (Polly Strong)
In this course we will consider cultural identities and differences, both in the US and in other parts of the world. We will develop ways of thinking analytically about culture, cultural identity, cultural representation, and cultural difference. We will discuss the impact of globalization on cultural identities and differences, and some of the issues that arise between people holding and constructing different cultural identities. Among the topics we will consider are borders and migration, race and incarceration, and class and homelessness.

Strand: Local Histories and Native Heritages (i.e. Indigenous Borderlands; Indigenous Texas and the Southwest; Mesoamerica, etc.)

* ANT 322M / AMS 321: Native Peoples of the Southwest (Tony Webster)

Objectives: 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 groups of the Southwest, this course aims to increase knowledge concerning specific Native populations. The course will involve three ethnographies and readings that will orient students to peoples and issues of import in the Southwest. This course pays particular attention to the expressive forms of Native American peoples and cultures of the Southwest as well as political economy.

* ANT 322M / MAS 374 / LAS 324: Mexican American Indigenous Heritage (Martha Menchaca)
This course examines the cultural prehistory and racial history of Mexican Americans from 1519 to the present. The purpose of the course is to examine how policies and laws enacted by the governments of Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. impacted the ethnic and racial identities of Mexican Americans. The geographic focus of the course is Mexico and the United States Southwest.

* ANT 324L / LAS 324L: Daily Life in Mesoamerica (Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría)
In this course we will study the daily life of people in Mesoamerica, from the earliest inhabitants in the region to the myriad ways that Pre-Columbian life and archaeology affect the lives of people today. We will examine production strategies, agriculture, cooking, household life, burial practices, beautification, the life of children, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and many other aspects of daily life. We will pay close attention to variation and continuities through space and time in Mesoamerica, and between different Mesoamerican cultures. We will study a variety of archaeological sites ranging from the small rural site of Chan in Belize, to the giant city of Teotihuacan in Mexico, from Joya del Cerén (buried in volcanic ash) to Tenochtitlan (buried under modern Mexico City), and many others. While we will study daily life as a worthy object of study in and of itself, we will also examine the relationship between daily life and broad political and economic patterns, including the formation of ranked societies, warfare, and empire-building.

1* ANT 336L: Native Cultures North of Mexico (Circe Sturm)
This upper-division undergraduate course examines contemporary articulations of indigenous cultures and practices in the U.S. and Canada. Because the present cannot be understood without understanding historically how we got to here, this course includes histories that inform the contemporary. We will cover critical developments that shape and are shaped by late 20th century and early 21st century indigenous life. Issues include but are not limited to the American Indian Movement; IdleNoMore; tribal and First Nation citizenship politics; the politics of race and indigeneity in the U.S. and Canada; gaming and other economic development strategies; residential schools; evolving kinship practices; indigenous feminisms, masculinities, and sexualities; indigenous environmental and religious politics (including how “environment” and “religion” are inadequate for understanding those politics!); food sovereignty movements; and science, technology and Native Americans. Course readings come from anthropology, U.S. and Canadian indigenous studies, history, and cultural studies. We will read scholarly work, blogs, and other popular literature. The course features several guest speakers, some via Skype. This course can count for either the Intro to NAIS requirement or the capstone requirement, but it cannot count for both.


The following classes have been approved for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Certificate for the Spring 2018 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.

* Denotes courses approved for the capstone course requirement.
Denotes courses approved for the introduction to NAIS course requirement.

Strand: Native Territories and Indigenous Environmentalisms

GRG 319 / LAS 319: Geography of Latin America (Gregory Knapp) TTH 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. CLA 0.128
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  / LAS 330-3 : South America-Nature, Society and Sustainability (Gregory Knapp)
Maymester Course: This Maymester course is conducted in Ecuador, June 6-July 6. 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. 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, cultural survival, and development.

Strand: Indigenous Literatures, Arts and Media  

E 314V / AMS 315F - Native American Literatures and Cultures Meets TTH 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. PAR 101 
When Pharrell appeared in a headdress on the cover of Elle UK, it raised many questions, among them: how are Native Americans portrayed in popular culture?  In response to this question, we might ask: how do Native Americans represent themselves?  Native Americans, in fact, have been representing themselves in writing for hundreds of years.  This class will focus on Native American literature from a range of different tribal nations, regions, and histories.  We will examine Native American activism and forced assimilation as well as continuing conflicts between Native and non-Native belief systems and between tribal nation communities and US federal and state governments.  Together, we will uncover the surprising way that indigenous literature has fundamentally shaped American literature and is beginning to impact world literature.  The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.

* MAS 374 / AMS 321 : Indigenous Film and Television (Dustin Tahmahkera) TTH 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. GWB 1.130
This course critically and creatively engages indigenous representations in cinematic and televisual texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, and engages indigenous critique of those representations through visual studies. Teaching critical thinking and writing skills for interpreting diverse cultural, social, and ideological functions of indigenous representations and media, the course involves critically deconstructing/analyzing and reconstructing/reimagining images and discourses related to how indigenous identities have been historically and contemporarily represented in media.

* SPN 355 / LAS 370S : Cultures in Contact in Colonial Spanish America (Kelly McDonough) TTH 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. MEZ 1.212
The fundamental question guiding this course is deceptively simple: How did Indigenous and European cultures represent their often-unequal encounters in colonial Spanish America? Through the analysis of alphabetic and visual texts, we will address the complex issues of mapping and representations of self and others; intercultural interpretations and exchanges; rituals and performances of domination, subordination, and negotiation; and the construction of social identities in this evolving geographic and cultural space. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of language and literacy in the colonization process, as well as the appropriation of alphabetic writing as a tool for contesting colonial domination. Taught in Spanish.

Strand: Indigenous Languages, Linguistic and Cultural Revitalization

* SPN 320C / LAS 322: Indigenous Languages in Postcolonial Latin America (Sergio Romero) TTH 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. SRH 1.320
This course will examine the status and social role of indigenous languages in Latin America since independence from Spain and Portugal. It will review the diverse sociolinguistic situations, state policies and resistance to language shift among speakers of indigenous languages from Mexico to Argentina. After a critical examination of the notion of “indigenous language”, we will examine the ways in which they were appropriated by Latin American nation states as tools of state formation and elements of nationalist ideologies on the one hand, and by the Church as vehicles of religious indoctrination, both Catholic and Protestant, on the other. Next, we will consider the complex relationship between language and anti-colonial resistance in indigenous communities. In particular, we will discuss language and ethnic identity, language shift, language revitalization as well as the appropriation of Spanish as primary language in many indigenous communities. Readings will include case studies of Mayan, Uto-Aztecan, Amazonian, Arawakan and Andean languages. Guest speakers will lead three sessions in which issues of language revitalization and socio-political empowerment will be discussed.

Strand: Native Spiritualities and Knowledges

ANT 324: Culture and Health (Pauline Strong) MWF 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. SAC 4.118
This course considers the historical, social, political, economic and cultural foundations of Western Medicine, and introduces students to alternative  health systems, including indigenous health systems. The course also considers the linkage between modern medicine and the construction of modern subjectivity and personhood, and analyzes local and global health disparities based on social, political, and economic inequalities.  In this course students will develop an understanding of the cultural and historical construction of health, illness, race, gender, the body, subjectivity, and personhood. They will be introduced to the history of the biomedical model of health and illness, and develop an awareness of alternatives to the biomedical model. Students will develop an understanding of the social, political, and economic context of health systems and health disparities, both locally and internationally. They will develop a comparative understanding of the ethical concepts embedded in the biomedical and alternative models of health and illness.

* R S 346D: Native American Religion (Jennifer Graber) MW 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. CLA 0.122
Before European colonization, the North American continent featured myriad Indian nations practicing many different religious traditions and ceremonies. In this course, we will examine the religious traditions of several American Indian groups: the Pueblos of the American Southwest, the Wendats of the eastern Woodlands, and the Lakotas of the Plains. We will look at the myths and rituals that composed these nations’ religious identities. We will then examine the ways that contact with Europeans affected their religious beliefs and practices. In turn, we will study how Native American communities have transformed old practices and fashioned new ones since those initial contacts. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to see the diversity among American Indian groups and the way in which religious ideas and practices serve living, changing communities of people.


 

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

(1Courses approved for the introduction to NAIS requirement; *Courses approved for the capstone course requirement)

Strand: Native Territories and Indigenous Environmentalisms

ANT 314C Introduction to Mesoamerican Archaeology (Rodríguez Alegría) Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM UTC 4.124
This course is an introduction to ancient Mesoamerica, the area roughly covering Mexico and the northern half of Central America, from the time of emerging social inequality in the Formative Period until the Spanish conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan in the sixteenth century. By studying archaeological evidence from several sites in this region we will address a few important theoretical issues in archaeology. These issues include: 1) the relationship between people, the environment, and social organization 2) the study of elites and commoners in archaeological cultures, and 3) the use of historical and archaeological data in reconstructing the past. During the course of the semester we will examine varied lines of evidence, including archaeological artifacts (especially pottery, obsidian, and ceramic figurines), human remains, architecture, murals, sculpture, and historical evidence (esp. codices and colonial accounts) to assess the role of evidence and theory in how we conceptualize the past in Mesoamerica. In addition, we will address issues that have captured the general public’s imagination in recent years, including the end of the world, the Maya collapse, human sacrifice, and others. Thus, the class will be of interest to archaeology majors and other students as well.

ANT 322L Cultures in Contact (Covey) Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CLA 0.112
"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.

Strand: Indigenous Peoples, Migration, and Diasporas

HIS 350L/LAS 366 - History of the Caribbean (Twinam)  Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 2.128 
This first half of this course uses documentaries, film, lectures and readings to provide an overview of Caribbean history from 1492 to the present. The prominent theme will be to explore how the dynamic among differing conquerors, natives, and slaves forged the distinctive Caribbean nations of the present with their Spanish, British, French, Dutch, Danish and United States cultural heritages. The focus throughout will be to measure the extent to which these distinctive cultural and colonial heritages shaped historical development. Topical themes include: contact between European and Native cultures, piracy, the impact of sugar and slavery, colonialism, de-colonization, the impact of the U.S. as a Caribbean power (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands), Caribbean revolutions (Cuba, Grenada), the Caribbean in the twenty-first century.

Strand: Indigenous Literatures, Arts and Media  

E 314V/AMS 315F1 - Native American Literatures and Cultures (Grewe)  Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.128 
When Pharrell appeared in a headdress on the cover of Elle UK, it raised many questions, among them: how are Native Americans portrayed in popular culture?  In response to this question, we might ask: how do Native Americans represent themselves?  Native Americans, in fact, have been representing themselves in writing for hundreds of years.  This class will focus on Native American literature from a range of different tribal nations, regions, and histories.  We will examine Native American activism and forced assimilation as well as continuing conflicts between Native and non-Native belief systems and between tribal nation communities and US federal and state governments.  Together, we will uncover the surprising way that indigenous literature has fundamentally shaped American literature and is beginning to impact world literature.  The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.

MUS 334/AFR 374F/LAS 326 - Music of African Disapora (Moore) Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.634 plus discussion
Studies of both indigenous and borrowed traditions in the popular, folk,and art music of the Americas from the colonial period to the present. The musical legacy of the African slave trade in the Americas, the social contexts in which black musical forms have developed, and their varied forms. Subjects include the shifting meanings of "black music" invarious contexts; the notion of hybridity; the uses of African influenced music as a political or oppositional tool; and African ethnicgroups represented prominently in the New World, the traditions they brought with them, and the ways they have been adapted to new ends.

SPN 356/LAS 370S - Indigenous Voices - Contemporary Mexico* (taught in Spanish) (McDonough)  Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 214
As evidence of a continuous (yet changeful) trajectory of indigenous participation in modernity as intellectuals and writers, our focus will be on the literary and cultural production of Nahuas (native speakers of Nahuatl, common language of the Aztec Empire, and more than 1.5 million Mexican citizens today) from pre-Hispanic times through the present day. Specifically, through a deep exploration of Nahua literary and cultural texts—painted and alphabetic histories; song; huehuehtlahtolli (words of elders); cartographies; political speeches; testimony, short stories; autobiography; drama; and poetry— we will focus on how Nahuas have expressed their own understanding and critique of their personal and collective past, present, and future as indigenous peoples, and as citizens of the Mexican nation. Through our analysis of Nahua intellectual work, we will appreciate indigenous aesthetics while attending to an often overlooked—yet extraordinarily rich—vein of human expression in Latin America. Throughout the semester we will consult several rare manuscripts related to Nahua culture at the Benson Latin American Collection. We will also have the opportunity to speak directly with present-day Nahua intellectuals, as guest visitors to our class (via Skype or in person).

UGS 302 - Indigenous Global Media1 (McDonough) Meets TTH 12:00PM-1:30PM UTC 4.120
This course offers a historical overview and critical exploration of Indigenous media producers, writers, directors, and audiences around the globe. We will survey a wide range of mediums from film, radio, animation, video games, and new media and explore how they have been taken up by Indigenous mediamakers to serve local needs and reach a wider audience. We will maintain a global perspective throughout the course, examining discourses about Indigenous peoples formulated from contact to the post-colonial era, highlighting issues of representation, modernity, and cultural continuity. In understanding how these discourses have been shaped through local assertions of cultural specificity and appeals to global Indigenous identity, the course maintains a critical interest in how Indigenous people have been defined and how they are now using media technologies to speak back and define themselves. We will also consider case studies while engaging with theoretical works that investigate the phenomenon of global Indigenous media movements. Through group presentations, we will also learn about many other Indigenous cultures, politics, and media efforts.

Strand: Indigenous Languages, Linguistic and Cultural Revitalization

ANT 320L/LIN 373 Speech Play and Verbal Art (Webster) Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SAC 4.118
This class takes an ethnographic and linguistic approach to the twin and twined concerns of speech play and verbal art. Ultimately, speech play and verbal art are social practices that are deeply embedded within and creative of linguistic structurings (call this grammar, if you like). After orienting students to the basic ideas of play, grammar, performance, and context; this class proceeds to look at a variety of examples of speech play and verbal art (from puns to lies to songs to stories to poetry) in a host of contexts and languages. Rather than being seen as a marginal pursuit, speech play and verbal art are revealed to be central features of the language, culture and individual nexus and thus essential to both ethnography (anthropology) and linguistics. Along the way, we may also find delight and wisdom in such examples of speech play and verbal art.

UGS 302 Languages and Cultures of Amazonia (Epps) Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MAI 220F
The Amazonian region of South America is incredibly diverse in its indigenous peoples and their languages. Described only recently as a ‘linguistic black box’, research over the past few decades has yielded fresh insights into the languages and cultures of indigenous Amazonians, their histories, and their contemporary adjustments to the changes they face. In this course, we will investigate the languages and cultures of indigenous Amazonian peoples, with an eye to understanding their past and the challenges of their present. In the process, we will develop skills in academic writing and in finding and evaluating information.

Strand: Local Histories and Native Heritages (i.e. Indigenous Borderlands; Indigenous Texas and the Southwest; Mesoamerica, etc.)

ANT 322M/MAS 374/LAS 324 - Mexican American Indigenous Heritage* (Menchaca) Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 0.112
This course examines the cultural prehistory and racial history of Mexican Americans from 1519 to the present.  The purpose of the course is to examine how policies and laws enacted by the governments of Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. impacted the ethnic and racial identities of Mexican Americans.  The geographic focus of the course is Mexico and the United States Southwest.

SPN 356/LAS 370S - Indigenous Voices - Contemporary Mexico* (taught in Spanish) (McDonough) Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 214
As evidence of a continuous (yet changeful) trajectory of indigenous participation in modernity as intellectuals and writers, our focus will be on the literary and cultural production of Nahuas (native speakers of Nahuatl, common language of the Aztec Empire, and more than 1.5 million Mexican citizens today) from pre-Hispanic times through the present day. Specifically, through a deep exploration of Nahua literary and cultural texts—painted and alphabetic histories; song; huehuehtlahtolli (words of elders); cartographies; political speeches; testimony, short stories; autobiography; drama; and poetry— we will focus on how Nahuas have expressed their own understanding and critique of their personal and collective past, present, and future as indigenous peoples, and as citizens of the Mexican nation. Through our analysis of Nahua intellectual work, we will appreciate indigenous aesthetics while attending to an often overlooked—yet extraordinarily rich—vein of human expression in Latin America. Throughout the semester we will consult several rare manuscripts related to Nahua culture at the Benson Latin American Collection. We will also have the opportunity to speak directly with present-day Nahua intellectuals, as guest visitors to our class (via Skype or in person).


Previously Approved Courses

American Studies

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

Anthropology

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, Spring 2017
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, Spring 2017
ANT 325L (Campbell, Craig) Cultures and Ecologies (crosslisted as REE 345) – Fall 2016
ANT 326C (Wade, Mariah) Native Americans in Texas – Spring 2017
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, Spring 2017
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

English

E 314V (Multiple Instructors) Native American Literature and Culture (crosslisted as AMS 315F) – Fall 2012, Fall, 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
E 379R (Cox, James) Native America Literature - Spring 2014

Geography

GRG 319 (Knapp, Gregory) Geography of Latin America (crosslisted as LAS 319) - Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
GRG 323K (Knapp, Gregory) Topic 3 South America-Nature, Society and Sustainability - Spring (Maymester) 2015, Spring (Maymester) 2016, Spring (Maymester) 2017
GRG 331K (Knapp, Gregory) Topic 17 Cultural Ecology (crosslisted as ANT 324L) - Spring 2014, Spring 2015

History

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

Indigenous Languages of Latin America

LAL 601C (Cruz de la Cruz, Sabina) Intensive Nahautl I – Spring 2017
LAL 611C (Cruz de la Cruz, Sabina) Intensive Nahautl II – Spring 2017

Linguistics

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, Spring 2017
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
SPC 320C (Romero, Sergio) Nahautl Texts and Histories – Spring 2017
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, Luis) 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