College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2018-2019

Department of Applied Indigenous Studies

Applied Indigenous Studies, Minor

This minor explores governance, nation-building, and other implementation issues facing indigenous peoples both in the Americas and around the globe. The plan provides an umbrella under which to study tribal histories and cultures, governmental policies, sustainable economic development, and contemporary conditions on native lands and reservations.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Applied Indigenous Studies?

If you're interested in gaining contemporary tribal management skills and respect for the knowledge, values, and, beliefs of indigenous cultures, a minor in Applied Indigenous Studies can be a useful addition to any major. You will prepare to tackle challenges facing today's Native communities by complementing contemporary scholarship with traditional tribal knowledge.

Gain critical skills in economic development, policy articulation, and environmental studies. Study tribal histories and cultures, federal Indian policies, and contemporary reservation conditions. You will be encouraged to pursue research, fieldwork, and teaching opportunities.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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