Native American Studies Minor (Non-Teaching)

The minor in Native American Studies is designed to enhance the student's major area of study, offering an interdisciplinary program for Indian and non-Indian students who wish to concentrate in the study of Native American life or who are preparing for careers in tribal affairs.

Students who declare a minor in Native American Studies must complete 21 credits as outlined below:

NASX 105DIntro Native Amer Studies3
NASX 232DMT Indian Cult, Hist, Cur Issu3
NASX 476Amer Indian Policy and Law3
NASX Electives12
Total Credits21

At least 9 credits must be in upper division courses (300 and 400 level), and at least 10 credits must be earned at Montana State University. Electives are to be selected in consultation with the minor adviser. NASX 490R Undergraduate Research, NASX 492 Independent Study and/or NASX 498 Internship/Cooperative Educ may be included among the electives. However, no more than four (4) semester credits (equivalent quarter hours or combination of semester and quarter hours) of NASX 492 Independent Study and/or NASX 290R Undergraduate Research/NASX 490R Undergraduate Research and no more than four (4) semester credits of NASX 498 Internship/Cooperative Educ may be included in the minor program. Transfer credits or credits earned in related courses offered in other departments may be included in the student's program, upon approval of NAS departmental certifying officer.

Any student wishing a minor in Native American Studies must file an "Application for a Non-teaching Minor" with the Registrar's Office a minimum of two terms prior to graduation. Please come to the Department of Native American studies to meet with a minor adviser to complete this form.


Graduates of Montana State University face an ever changing and increasingly complex world. An understanding of and sensitivity to other cultural perspectives prepares them to function in the global community and creates a campus climate that is conducive to academic growth for all students. Diversity courses address the study of identities (e.g. race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc.), societies, nations, or national languages and cultures.

Students choose from the following:

NASX 105DIntro Native Amer Studies3
NASX 205DNative Americans Contemp Soc3
NASX 232DMT Indian Cult, Hist, Cur Issu3
NASX 239Native North American History through Art and Material Culture3
NASX 290RUndergraduate Research1-8
NASX 292Independent Study1-3
NASX 294RSeminar/Workshop1-2
NASX 304Native American Belief & Phil3
NASX 310Native Cultures of N America3
NASX 340Native American Literature3
NASX 360Native Americans and Cinema3
NASX 405Gndr Iss In Native Amer Stdies3
NASX 415Native Food Systems3
NASX 430American Indian Education3
NASX 440Montana Indian Literature3
NASX 450History of American Indians3
NASX 476Amer Indian Policy and Law3
NASX 490RUndergraduate Research1-6
NASX 490ZUndergraduate Research1-6
NASX 491Special Topics1-4
NASX 492Independent Study1-3
NASX 494Seminar1
NASX 498Internship/Cooperative Educ2-12

Further Information

For further information regarding the program, contact Native American Studies at (406) 994-3881 or e-mail Francesca Pine at  Also see the university home page or the home page for Native American Studies.