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.
Undergraduate students at the University of Iowa have combined a certificate or minor in NAIS with diverse CLAS majors, including: Social Work, Math, Anthropology, History, Liberal Studies, Art, English, Geoscience; and premedical courses of study (including majors in Biology, Anthropology, Human Health & Physiology, etc.). Many of our students have gone on to graduate study in Law, Public Health, Geography, Anthropology, History, Education, Medicine, Social Work, Museum Studies, and Public Administration.
NAIS training is relevant to careers in government, politics, social services, education, business, law, and law enforcement. Employers that often seek candidates with NAIS experience include tribal government, health care, cultural heritage, and social service agencies; federal agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Land Management, Park Service, and Forestry Service; and both domestic and international non-profit organizations working in advocacy and community organizing to promote human rights, environmental justice, local food production, cultural preservation, and health.
Career Resources for UI Undergraduate Students
The Pomerantz Career Center provides high-quality resources and services to students, alumni, and employers. The site has information designed to help you move through the various stages of the job search process, including the Handshake@UIowa website as well as information on upcoming employer visits, internships, and careers after college.
Schedule an Appointment with a Career Advisor: https://careers.uiowa.edu/coaching
Attend a Job, Internship, or Career Fair: https://careers.uiowa.edu/career-fairs
Finding and Creating Internships: https://careers.uiowa.edu/internships/finding-your-internship
Interview Practice: https://careers.uiowa.edu/mocks
Job Search and Resume Basics: https://careers.uiowa.edu/resumes
Post-Graduation Placement Information and Statistics: https://careers.uiowa.edu/post-grad-data