American Indian Studies Major
American Indian Studies is a field of study dedicated to advancing awareness and understanding of the histories and contemporary experiences of American Indian people. The Department of American Indian Studies offers two tracks that are focused on distinct areas of study:
All majors graduate with a BA in American Indian Studies.
American Indian Studies Minor
The Department of American Indian Studies offers a minor to supplement majors in other areas of study.
Ojibwe Language Major
The Ojibwe language is an indigenous language of Minnesota and is taught as part of the curriculum in the Department of American Indian Studies. In this major, students will gain not only an in-depth grammatical knowledge of this beautiful language, but also an opportunity to develop a high oral proficency. To complete this major, you will need to complete 4 years of Ojibwe language.
All majors graduate with a BA in Ojibwe Language.
Language Teaching Certificate Programs
We offer language certificate programs for Dakota and Ojibwe language instruction to help meet our community's need for native-language speakers:
In these programs, you can develop a level of fluency in the language that prepares you to conduct your own immersion classroom (entirely in the language). We connect our language program to state teaching licensure programs and other institutions that need certified language teachers. Our close ties to these institutions help provide our graduates with careers, and attract prospective indigenous language speakers and teachers to our communities.
Individualized Degree Programs
Independent study options and innovative experiential learning opportunities are available to match your individual career needs and interests.
University Honors Program (UHP) students have the opportunity to graduate with Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), a nationally recognized symbol of academic achievement. See their website for information regarding admission to the program, requirements, and planning.