Requirements for Certificate

The student must complete 18 hours of Native American and Indigenous Studies coursework, including at least nine hours in residence, and fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Completion of major through any undergraduate college of the University.
  2. Completion of a lower-level introductory course that surveys Native American and Indigenous issues. This may include the Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies, Native American History, Native American Literature, or a lower-division introductory course on Indigenous issues in the Americas or in a transnational and global perspective.
  3. Completion of five courses (15 hours) that meets the following requirements:
    • Students are strongly encouraged to engage with courses in two or more of the strands.
    • At least four courses (12 hours) must be designated as upper-division.
    • At least two courses (6 hours) must be from outside of the department of the student’s major area of study.
    • One course must be designated as a “capstone course,” whereby 100% of the content is related to Native American and Indigenous issues.
    • Students may elect to complete an internship related to Native American and/or Indigenous issues as one of their courses.

Certificate Program Strands

The different strands of our NAIS Undergraduate Certificate Program offers students an intellectually stimulating plan of study, engaging critical themes and issues:

  • Indigenous Rights and Social Justice
  • Native Territories and Indigenous Environmentalisms
  • Indigenous Peoples, Migration, and Diasporas
  • Native Women and Indigenous Sexualities
  • Indigenous Literatures, Arts and Media  
  • Indigenous Languages, Linguistic and Cultural Revitalization
  • Native Spiritualities and Knowledges
  • Local Histories and Native Heritages (i.e. Indigenous Borderlands; Indigenous Texas and the Southwest; Mesoamerica, etc.)

Students are not required to choose their courses based on strands, but are encouraged to engage with multiple strands in order to obtain a well-rounded understanding of global Native and Indigenous issues.  Courses will be posted on the NAIS website by strand shortly after the release of the course offering schedule each semester.

Effective Spring 2017