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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor: Native American Studies

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: A grade of C or better in the Core Native American Studies Courses

Contact Information: Darren Ranco, Chair of Native American Programs, 5724 Dunn Hall, 581-9485, darren.ranco@umit.maine.edu

Native American Studies is an interdisciplinary minor committed to the study of the cultures, values, history and contemporary life of the American Indian nations and people of North America with a focus on the Wabanaki Nations of Maine and the Maritimes. The importance and significance of the indigenous people are critical in understanding the  settler nation-states in which we live. The Native American Studies minor creates an understanding of the unique legacy of American Indians and their continuing relationship to the development of the United States and Canada. Specific emphasis is placed on the Wabanaki peoples of Maine and Canada, with a secondary focus on the Native peoples of North America.

Native American Studies is founded on the principles of self-determination and sovereignty. It is committed to academic scholarship and research excellence. We educate and inform all students about the Native experience and the rich cultural heritage of the sovereign Native peoples of the North American continent. Our goal is to teach students, through Native perspectives, to better understand Native people, their traditions and their cultures.

In an increasingly diverse society, an understanding of distinct populations is a critical asset. A minor in Native American Studies exposes students to, and provides them with, an understanding of the historical, economic, social and political forces that have shaped Native experiences in the Americas. It prepares students to live in a multicultural society by giving them the skills to confront racism, discrimination and prejudice. It further empowers students to appreciate and celebrate diversity by understanding the worldviews of a distinct people. The program is designed to augment students’ major programs of study and prepares students for diverse careers in areas such as: public service, nursing, law enforcement, business, education, medicine, counseling, social work, as well as a myriad of other occupations.

The Native American Studies minor involves a minimum of 18 credits of course work focusing on Native Americans with three required NAS-designated courses.

In addition, students may submit courses with considerable Native American content for consideration for inclusion in the Native American Studies minor. The content for such courses may make them suitable as approved electives.

For more information or advising assistance, please see Darren Ranco darren.ranco@umit.maine.ed, Chair of Native American Programs in Dunn Hall or call (207) 581-4450.

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