Interdisciplinary Minor in Native American Studies



The Faculty Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Native American Studies is Dr. Kevin Smith. Office: TODD 313. Phone: 615-898-5958. Email: kevin.smith@mtsu.edu.


The interdisiplinary minor in Native American Studies draws upon the resources of Art, English, Geography and Geology, History, and Sociology and Anthropology to provide a comprehensive examination of the prehistory, history, culture, literature, art, and contemporary issues of Native Americans. The minor in Native American Studies requires 18 credit hours, including 3 hours of required courses, and 15 hours of general electives from the list below. Note: Anth 4910, Art 3870, Art 4960, Geog 4280, and U H 3500 (directed, independent study, or variable topics courses) cannot be applied towards this minor without prior approval of the minor advisor. No more than 3 hours of these courses may be applied towards the minor.

Required Courses (3 hours)

  • SOC 4240 Race and Ethnic Relations

Electives (15 hours)

  • ANTH 3515 Peoples and Cultures of Native North America
  • ANTH 3520 North American Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANTH 4910 Special Projects [Individual study -- must be arranged with Dr. Smith prior to enrollment]
  • ART 3870 Art of the Americas
  • ART 4960 Independent Studies in Art History [Individual study -- must be arranged with Dr. Kelker prior to enrollment]
  • ENGL 3300 Native American Literature
  • ENGL 4900 Selected Topics in Literature/Language: Native American Literature
  • GEOG 4280 Special Problems and Topics in Geography [Individual study -- must be arranged with Dr. Heffington prior to enrollment]
  • GEOG 4540 Geography of Native Americans
  • HIST 4690 Native American History
  • U H 3500 Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar -- Native American Literature [taught by Dr. Strawman]

Native American Studies Faculty

DeShane, Kenneth. Associate Professor. Department of English. Office: Peck Hall 228B. Telephone: (615) 904-8407. Email: kdeshane@mtsu.edu.

Foster, Marty. Assistant Professor. Department of History. Office: Peck Hall 281. Telephone: (615) 898-2642. Email: mfoster@mtsu.edu

Heffington, J. Douglas. Professor. Department of Geosciences. Office: Peck Hall 322D. Telephone: (615) 898-5978. Email: jheffing@mtsu.edu

Kelker, Nancy. Associate Professor. Department of Art. Office: Art Barn Room 208. Telephone: (615) 904-8084. Email: nkelker@mtsu.edu

Smith, Kevin E. Professor. Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Office: TODD 313. Telephone: (615) 898-5958. Email: kesmith@mtsu.edu

Strawman, Tom. Professor. Department of English. Office: Peck Hall 323A. Telephone: (615) 898-2659.


Fall 2012 Courses


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