The Department of Native American Studies—one of the leading such programs in the nation—attracts and serves students of diverse backgrounds and academic interests who are committed to using distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study.
The Native American Studies curriculum is, at the same time, focused and flexible. We currently support intensive study in three interrelated areas of emphasis that are interdisciplinary in nature. Students work closely with faculty to combine areas of emphasis according to their own scholarly and professional goals. The areas of emphasis include:
- Tribal Governance and Policy
- Indigenous Media and Arts
- Language, History, and Cultural Knowledge
BA and MA degrees are awarded through Native American Studies. In addition, students may pursue a joint MA/JD in Native American Studies and Law as well as a graduate certificate in American Indian Social Work. In the past 25 years, Native American Studies has awarded over 200 degrees; NAS Alumni have distinguished themselves in a wide range of careers some of which include: tribal government, law, health policy, filmmaking and media, historic preservation, language revitalization, and education.