Exposing students to North American tribal histories and cultures that are otherwise ignored in mainstream pre-collegiate curricula

Native American and Indigenous Studies, as a whole, provides an opportunity for non-Native students to become acquainted with members of various Native tribal communities which they might not otherwise experience. It also offers Native students a chance to enhance their knowledge and understanding of broad themes in the history and study of Native North America beyond their own tribal histories. The study of federal Indian law and policy, especially, will enlarge their understanding of their respective tribes' legal and political relations with the United States government.

A certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies enriches an undergraduate or graduate liberal arts degree by exposing students to North American tribal histories and cultures that are otherwise ignored in mainstream elementary, high school and college curricula. The courses required for the certificate help broaden the scope of students' understanding of United States history, with special reference to Native Americans' role in its founding, economy, Indian-white relations, and contemporary society. They also serve to make students aware of opportunities for further study and concentration in areas such as history, literature and the arts.

The program offers both an undergraduate minor and an undergraduate and graduate certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies.  All course offerings and more detailed requirements are available in the UI General Catalog.

Minor in Native American
and Indigenous Studies

The minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies effectively complements degrees in professional areas such as social work, law, education and public health, and better prepares graduates in those area to understand and address issues related to the American Indian people they will serve.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the minor, students should have:

  • knowledge of Native American history as the foundation of US history, of Indigenous cultural expression through literature and the arts, and of Indigenous societies before and after contact;
  • an understanding of the concept of tribal sovereignty and self-determination;
  • familiarity with conventional archival sources, maps, and material culture; and
  • the ability to see American Indian and US history as intertwined.
     

Want to get started?

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

Certificate in Native American
and Indigenous Studies

The undergraduate certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies effectively complements degrees in professional areas such as social work, law, education and public health, and better prepares graduates in those area to understand and address issues related to the American Indian people they will serve.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students should have:

  • knowledge of Native American history as the foundation of US history, of Indigenous cultural expression through literature and the arts, of Indigenous societies before and after contact;
  • an understanding of the concept of tribal sovereignty and self-determination;
  • the ability to evaluate and analyze conventional archival sources, maps, and material culture; and
  • the ability to see American Indian and US history as completely intertwined.
     

Want to get started?

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