American Indian Studies Minor

AIS graduates Abraham White and Kimberly Richardson, UW Commencement, June 2013
AIS graduates Abraham White and Kimberly Richardson, UW Commencement, June 2013

There are no admission requirements and no prerequisites for the American Indian Studies minor. Any undergraduate student with at least sophomore standing (45 credits completed) who is officially declared in any major may declare this minor with his or her major adviser's permission.

If you have not yet declared a major, but you are interested in pursuing the American Indian Studies minor, you are welcome to enroll in courses that will eventually apply toward the minor. These courses will apply to the minor (or major) requirements if you choose to declare the minor (or major).

To declare the minor, please meet with your adviser in your major to complete the paperwork. For more information, see the UW's policies on undergraduate minors. For help with course planning, timelining, and other advising concerns within the AIS minor, contact Kai Wise, AIS adviser, at

Minor Requirements:

Minimum 30 credits to include:

  1. 10 credits of introductory course work in American Indian Studies
  2. 20 credits of AIS electives: Any AIS courses. Select courses from other departments may qualify, subject to adviser approval.

Introductory Course Work:

  • AIS 102 (5 credits) - Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 201 (5 credits) - Introduction to American Indian Histories
  • AIS 202 (5 credits) - Introduction to Contemporary Experience in Indian America
  • AIS 203 (5 credits) - Introduction to Philosophical and Aesthetic Universes

How does the minor differ from the major?

The AIS minor requires 25 credits fewer than the AIS major, successful completion of which results in the awarding of a B.A. in American Indian Studies. In the AIS major, these credits must be completed at the 300-level or above.

Students are free to transition between the minor and the major, as long as they have satisfied the basic entry requirements.