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. 


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.

COM300Media production (4 credits)
WGES200Foundations of Race and Ethnic Studies (3 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.

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.