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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

College of Letters and Science

American Indian Studies

Cary Miller, Associate Professor of History, Coordinator, Holton Hall 365, (414) 229-6251, carym@uwm.edu

The Certificate in American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides for students a thorough understanding of the Native American experience in the United States. America’s origins are intertwined with Native America, making American Indian studies essential to understanding American society and culture today. The certificate in American Indian studies focuses on the indigenous peoples the Europeans encountered when they came to the U.S., how the arrival of Europeans impacted the Native Americans, and how the Euro-Americans and Native Americans transformed each other. Coursework for the certificate is available in many traditional academic disciplines, including anthropology, education, English, history, and sociology. Given that Wisconsin is home to 11 federally recognized tribal communities, a certificate in American Indian Studies will help prepare students of any profession to work with American Indian communities across the state.

The American Indian Studies Certificate is intended to enhance a bachelor’s degree. The certificate is available to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM and to students who previously have received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university.

Program Requirements

To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.500, at least 18 credits in approved American Indian Studies courses, of which 12 must be earned in residence at UWM. Of these 12 residence credits, nine must be taken at the 300 level or above. Twelve of the 18 required credits must be in the College of Letters and Science, with at least 6 of these at the 300 level or above. No more than 9 credits from any one department may count toward the certificate. A maximum of 6 credits of independent study may count toward program requirements. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis. The following are required:

Core Course

AIS 101

Introduction to American Indian Studies


Fifteen additional credits selected from the list of approved courses. Students may petition the AIS Coordinator for approval of appropriate courses not on the approved list.

Approved Courses

AIS 105 Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Culture 3
AIS 106 Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy 3
AIS 151 First-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) 4
AIS 152 Second-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) 4
AIS 203 Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past 3

AIS/Anthro 213

American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin


AIS/Anthro 225

The Aztec Empire

AIS 251 Third-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) 4
AIS 252 Fourth-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) 4
AIS/Hist 262 North American Indian History to 1887 3
AIS/Hist 263 North American Indian History Since 1887 3
AIS/English 276 Introduction to American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) 3
AIS/Anthro 308 Archaeology of North America 3
AIS/Anthro 310 Archaeology of Middle America 3
AIS/Anthro 311 The World of the Ancient Maya 3
AIS/Anthro 314 American Indian Societies and Cultures 3
AIS/Sociol 320 Social Change in American Indian Society 3
AIS/Sociol 321 Contemporary Issues of the American Indian 3
AIS 360 Ezhi-Kinomaageying: Anishinaabe Curriculum 3
AIS/Anthro/Global 362 System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction 3
AIS 370 Anishinaabebiige: Archival to Contemporary Writing 3
AIS/English 372 Survey of American Indian Literature 3
AIS/Hist 473 History of Wisconsin Indians 3
AIS/Hist 474 Topics in North American Indian History: (Subtitle) 3
AIS/Hist 475 American Indian History, Law, and Government 3
AIS/English 520 Studies in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) 3
AIS/English 525 American Indian Literature, Culture, and Creative Arts 3
AIS/English 632 Seminar in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) 3
Ed Pol 561 Education Issues in American Indian Communities 3
Ed Pol 621 History of Native Education and Policy Development 3

Independent study courses focusing on the American Indian experience may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Coordinator. If the core course is not offered in the years an undergraduate student is pursuing the certificate, the student can petition the Certificate Program Coordinator to accept another course in its stead. Other courses not on this list but relevant to the study of American Indians may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Coordinator.

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the Certificate Program Coordinator. Students currently enrolled at UWM who have fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to the program’s approval may have their credits applied retroactively to the certificate program.

Students interested in earning a major in American Indian Studies may do so through the College's Committee Interdisciplinary Major program. Contact the AIS coordinator for further information.


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