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. 

Requirements

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

  • 16 credit hours
  • Seven (7) credits of required courses
  • Nine (9) semester approved elective credits

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.

  • Nine (9) credits of approved electives

    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.

    COM385Conflict and Peace Studies
    COM396/SOC396Intercultural Communication
    COM398Media History: Native Film
    ENG395Indigenous Literature
    ENG345Literature, Race and Ethnicity
    ED395Indigenous Education
    ENV395The History of Elwha River
    HIS435History of Struggle for Justice
    PLS395Justice and Native American Experience (GIS395/CJ395)
    PLS363Race and American Politics
    PSY375Multicultural Psychology
    SOC395Settler Colonial Theory
    SJ370/SOC370Social Action: Activism

     

What to expect at Saint Martin's

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. Gradutes are also prepared to continue their studies in graduate school, specializing in the humanities, social sciences, public relations, digital media or filmmaking.

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