Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in an Indigenous studies minor?

In the Indigenous studies minor, you'll take courses from a variety of disciplines to learn more about the rights of Indigenous people as well as their languages, cultures and socio-political systems.

All students in the minor take a common course in Native American identities and cultures, which focuses on the history and culture of Native Americans, including effects of past and present discrimination and struggles for self-determination. A flexible curriculum allows you to customize the rest of your minor with a selection of courses that focus on a variety of topics, including Native American literature and history, the Northern Paiute language, and Indians of the Great Basin. If you want to study cultures outside the U.S., you can take courses in topics such as the Amazon, the Basque country or the Aztecs. 

Topic-based courses include environmentalism, cross-cultural journalism, ancient archaeology and more. These options allow you to select courses that complement your major or match up with your personal interests and career goals. 

Courses in the minor are drawn from a wide range of departments including anthropology; geography; history; gender, race and identity; and journalism, among others. 

The minor is offered by the Department of Gender, Race and Identity in the College of Liberal Arts. The department offers degree programs that explore inequality and social justice to prepare graduates for careers in public advocacy, politics, education and more. 

Professors in the Department of Gender, Race and Identity represent a variety of academic disciplines and bring and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research that focuses on better understanding the diverse range of human experiences. 

Careers with a minor in Indigenous studies

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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