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Native Voices

The Native voices minor explores local and global Indigenous perspectives, with the goal of studying media and creating stories with a multidisciplinary lens and a focus on social justice.

Why Saint Martin's University?

Students achieving a Native voices minor will:

  • Use critical, decolonial and post-colonial theory to examine existing knowledge, values and assumptions about the Indigenous experience
  • Obtain a diverse knowledge of human experience that centers on Indigenous perspectives, narratives and voices
  • Unpack identities, intersectionality, privilege and power
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to understand, integrate and utilize knowledge across disciplines to critique and challenge dominant colonial narratives in media
  • Cultivate a voice to create new narratives and representation of the Indigenous experience

What can I do with this minor?

The Native voices minor prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields, from public relations and advertising to media arts production to work in the public sector and more. Graduates are also prepared to continue their studies in graduate school, specializing in the humanities, social sciences, public relations, digital media or filmmaking.

Native Voices Requirements

The native voices minor is for non-communication studies majors. Majoring in communication studies and interested in a native voices concentration? Learn more.

Required courses (7 credits)

  • COM 300: Media production (4 credits)
  • WGES 200: Foundations of Race and Ethnic Studies (3 credits)

Approved electives (9 credits)

Any three approved electives listed below.

Students may take an elective that is not listed below if, in the judgment of the program director, it will significantly enhance their learning experience in the concentration.

  • COM 385: Conflict and Peace Studies
  • COM 396/SOC 396: Intercultural Communication
  • COM 398: Media History: Native Film
  • ENG 395: Indigenous Literature
  • ENG 345: Literature, Race and Ethnicity
  • ED 395: Indigenous Education
  • ENV 395: The History of Elwha River
  • HIS 435 : History of Struggle for Justice
  • PLS 395: Justice and Native American Experience (GIS395/CJ395)
  • PLS 363: Race and American Politics
  • PSY 375: Multicultural Psychology
  • SOC 395: Settler Colonial Theory
  • SJ 370/SOC 370: Social Action: Activism

Please note: Students wishing to have a study minor appear on their official transcripts are required to declare this concentration or minor with the Office of the Registrar at least one semester prior to degree completion.

Native Voices at a Glance

Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
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