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A degree in American Indian Studies gives you a complete, critical foundation in American Indian policy, history, literature, arts, film, and environmental issues.

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Our Program

Would you like to engage with theories and methodologies that center American Indian perspectives? 

The Department of American Indian Studies' oldest and continuing strengths are courses in Dakota and Ojibwe language, culture, and history. We encourage our students to engage with one another and their professors to explore critical indigenous issues, both local and global.

Our students gain skills to be successful in their communities and careers—they develop a broad understanding of cross-cultural and diversity issues and an expertise in American Indian affairs, cultural diversity, and minority perspectives.