Current Courses

Upcoming Courses

AIIS 390.001: Snowbird Day School (Fall 2018)

Advanced Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

The course will introduce students to the emerging discourse on indigitization, the digitization and preservation of indigenous community knowledge, through readings and course work.

Students in this class will read across fields to better understand topics such as the history of American Indian schooling, issues of repatriation, decolonizing methodologies, the digital humanities, and Indigenous New Media. The course will employ a hands-on approach as students engage with an on-going, outward-facing indigitization project in the Tuti "Snowbird" Cherokee community. Students will work with the project's associated archives and materials to design their own digitally based outward facing project. No technical skills needed, just a willingness to learn.

Tues-Thurs, 9:55-11:35, Zaegeir 142

Courses in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS)

AIIS 200  Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies (4)

Establishes an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The course begins by considering the critical question of what it means to be "American Indian" or "Indigenous," comparing externally produced stereotypes with a wide variety of indigenous discourses and narratives. The social, political, and legal circumstances of American Indians and Indigenous peoples will be considered through the examination of legislation, court cases, and federal, state and local policies impacting tribal governments and indigenous communities.

Fall and Spring.

AIIS 205  Issues, Ideas and Identity in Contemporary Native America (4)

Explores special considerations and issues in American Indian studies. Students will be introduced to a broad array of topics such as cultural appropriation, museums and repatriation, blood quantum, tribal governance and sovereignty, tribal law, Indian gaming, health and wellness issues, environmentalism, historic and contemporary issues in American Indian education.

See program director.

AIIS 210 American Indian Film Studies (4)

Explores the construction of American Indian identity in Hollywood films from the silent film era through the 20th century. The “Reel” Indians produced by Hollywood say very little about Real Native peoples who not only refuse to vanish but who consistently reject their prescribed roles in the U.S. national imaginary, insisting instead on rights to rhetorical and representational sovereignty. Special attention will be paid to American Indian writers, directors and producers in the latter part of the 20th and into the 21st century who contest representational constructions of “the white man’s Indian” on the way to imagining more complex possibilities for “Real Indians” in the twenty-first century.

Every year.

AIIS 305 Cultural Expressions from Abya-Yala (4)

Abya-Yala is a term that has been used for thousands of years in the Guna-Tule language to refer to the Americas. It literally means “mature earth”, which challenges the colonial perspective of our continent as a young “New World”. The Aymara scholar and advocate Takir Mamani suggested the use of Abya-Yala in the 1990s, and it is currently used by native writers, activists, artists, and elders from Latin America. This trans-indigenous approach to cultural expressions from Abya-Yala includes oral, written and recorded pieces from different genres including short story, poetry, novel, songs, and cinema. Cultural Expressions from Abya-Yala will be taught with readings and videos that have been translated from native languages and Spanish. The course will be a lecture/discussion format.


AIIS 390 Advanced Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (4)

Advanced readings in American Indian and Indigenous Studies focusing on topics of pertinent interests. Interdisciplinary attention is given to current writings in the field. Prerequisite: completion of 12 hours in American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

See program director.

AIIS 499 Undergraduate Research in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (1-4)

Independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Can be repeated for a total of 8 hours credit. An IP grade may be awarded at discretion of instructor.

See program director.

Students attend a symposium on the Cherokee language.

Elective Courses

  • ANTH  323   Storied Anthropology (4)
  • ANTH  336   Ethnographic Methods (4)
  • ANTH  339   Intersections of Gender in the Americas (4)
  • ASTR  301   Indigenous Perspectives on the Sky (4)
  • HWP   250   Health Parity: Domestic and Global Contexts (3)
  • HIST   303  Colonial North America (4)
  • HIST   332  Perspectives in Pre-Columbian American History (4)
  • HIST   382  American Indian History, Precontact to 1840 (4)
  • LIT      328  Ethnic Literatures (Native American Literature) (4)
  • POLS   337  ReStorying Community (4)
  • SOC     221  Sociology of Race (4)
  • WLNG  110  Cherokee I (4)
  • WLNG  120  Cherokee II (4)