Coalesce Native American studies into your graduate education

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program offers a graduate certificate as an add-on credential to either a Ph.D., M.A. or M.F.A. degree. All course offerings and more detailed requirements are available in the UI General Catalog. A certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies complements your education in the liberal arts & sciences by helping you to gain deeper insight into cultural diversity and its politics, both within the U.S. and on a global scale. NAIS coursework also offers numerous opportunities to gain enhanced skills in working with tribal communities, and communicating with public audiences about cultural diversity and social justice.

Graduate Certificate in
Native American and Indigenous Studies

The graduate certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies is an add-on credential to either a PhD, MA or MFA degree in the student’s chosen area of primary study. Potential students must be admitted to the program that corresponds with their field of specialization before they are able to apply to the Native American and Indigenous Studies Certificate program. The program is not open to students who are non-degree seeking.

Learning Outcomes

Graduate students are expected to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of American Indian history as foundational to the history of the United States, of Indigenous cultures that change and maintain continuities over time, of colonialism as an integral force in the post-contact period up to the present;
  • an understanding of tribal sovereignty and self-determination;
  • the ability to evaluate and analyze conventional archival sources, material culture, scholarly literature, and oral history through the lens of Native American Studies as an interdisciplinary field; and
  • the ability to demonstrate writing competency.
     

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Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.