College of Humanities and Public Affairs
Native American Studies
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
The minor in Native American Studies offers a multidisciplinary exploration of the history, arts, and cultures of the first Americans, past and present. It can be an excellent complement to many majors, including art, history and anthropology. The knowledge provided will be valuable if not essential in any career that involves working with Native Americans in business, social services, public administration or health and medicine. The minor will also stimulate awareness and appreciation of the ethnic and cultural diversity of the United States, which is an increasing concern in the workforce and society today, as well as the importance of cultural heritage.
Missouri State is the only university in the state of Missouri with a degree program in Native American Studies. The minor is comprised of courses from six different disciplines. It may be applied to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The minor requires a total of 18 hours, selected from the following courses, including courses from at least three disciplines, with no more than nine hours from any one discipline.
Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for specific course information.
Faculty teaching courses in the minor have expertise in a wide range of subjects, including North American archaeology, Plains Indian society and culture, governmental relations between the U.S. and Indian nations, resource planning and development on reservations and the art, history, and archaeology of ancient Mesoamerica.
Courses in the minor are selected by the Native American Studies Committee. The Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs must approve the course of study for each student who wishes to complete the minor.
AISA—American Indian Student Association.