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About the Major

Are you interested in learning about the history, politics, culture, economics, natural resources, and environments of Native communities in the United States? This major provides you with a holistic study of critical issues facing Native North Americans.

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Explore the languages, cultures, and sovereignty of American Indians/Alaska Natives

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Understand Native people’s political and legal relationships to external governments

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Study historical and contemporary Native oral traditions, literatures, and arts


Prepare for jobs in tribal organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses where you need to understand the unique relationship that American Indians have with the federal government.

  • Tribal government official
  • Policy analyst
  • Nonprofit organizer
  • Business manager


Benefit from the department's interdisciplinary strengths. Sample courses include:

  • AIS 200: Intro to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 344: American Indians in Film
  • AIS 434: Tribal Governments
  • AIS 426: Principles of Indigenous Economics
  • AIS 431: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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Get in touch with an SBS advisor:

Christopher Cruz

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