Honoring Native Tradition and Community Through Academic Excellence

Minor Degree in Native American Studies Requirements

  • NATV Minor Required Core Courses:         15 credit hrs or 5 courses
  • Remaining Upper Division Courses:              9  credit hrs or 3 courses

Students formally declare a major and minor when they apply and are accepted to their degree granting college. If a student chooses NATV as a minor, they must meet with an NATV Program Advisor.  The student is solely responsible for being familiar with and completing all graduation requirements. 

NATV Minor Required Courses
NATV 150. Introduction to Native American Studies. (3)
This course surveys the significance of Native American Studies through an inter-disciplinary approach to four major areas of academic concentrations; Arts and Literature, Education and Language, Cultural Studies and Environment, and Leadership and Self-determination.

NATV 250. Sociopolitical Concepts in Native America. (3)
Regional, national, and international laws and policies impacting sovereign Native American nations and communities are analyzed. Concepts such as colonization, nationalism, and globalization’s impact on Native American peoples are considered from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: 150.

NATV 251. Research Issues in Native America. (3)
Critically examines research theories, methodologies, and practices used by academic disciplines to study Native Americans. Research databases and collections and their impact and value for Native communities are considered from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Prerequisites: 150 or 250.

NATV 300. Research Methods in Native American Contexts. (3)
Examination of the research processes and techniques involving various methodological designs. Emphasizes attention to culturally appropriate research and protocols for conducting research in Native communities. Includes practical experience conducting a research project involving Native American issues.
Prerequisite: 251.

NATV 474. Seminar: Applying Traditions of Native American Philosophy
[Traditions of Native American Philosophy]. (3)

An examination of philosophical thought by Native peoples in both historic and modern context in science, government, law, education, psychology, and cosmology. Native social systems and Native philosophical contributions to the world’s societies are examined. Restriction: junior or senior standing.

Plus nine (9) hours NATV Upper Division Courses (300 level or above).

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: Download the NATV minor worksheet Effective Fall 2014 (pdf)

For further information please see the current UNM Catalog.

If you are a current UNM student in the University College (UC), please make an advising appointment with the University Advisement Center Senior Academic Advisor assigned to Native American Studies.

If you are a current UNM student and ready to apply to the NATV Program, please make an appointment with the NAS Student Programs Specialist. Please be sure to complete the NATV Schedule Proposal for Advisement prior to your appointment.

If you are interested in attending the University of New Mexico, please see the UNM Office of Admissions website for further information on Admissions, Financial Aid, transferring, and visiting the campus.