American Indian Studies
Study the unique cultures and characteristics of some of the first groups in North America. You’ll build critical thinking and written and oral communication skills that are vital to your future academic, career and personal success. Take your knowledge of American Indians and turn it into a successful career in a variety of industries and organizations.
The Department of Indian Studies encourages students to think critically, write carefully and apply knowledge in complex situations. You'll leave with a critical understanding of the:
- Importance of Native voices and perspectives.
- Realities of Native cultures, experiences and histories.
- Variety of Native experiences and contemporary situations.
- Necessity of being attentive to others.
Graduates will be fully prepared for a lifelong career of learning and thinking in a diverse world.
As an American Indian Studies student, you’ll join a family of students mentored by faculty that are deeply engaged in research and service. You’ll be challenged to grow, and be supported in that growth beyond your graduation.
The Department supports undergraduate research engagement in advanced classes through Independent Study courses. The department also supports service learning by offering internship courses.
The Indian Studies Association, a campus student group, provides mutual support and input to the department. The group also organizes a film festival and Time-Out Week in the spring; a week-long series of events centering on the Native experience.
A majority of students use American Indian Studies as part of a double major. Many combine their major with educational and social programs, or they use their degree as a preparatory degree for graduate or professional schools such as law, counseling, social work, anthropology or history.
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Check out the permanent American Indian Leaders of Distinctions exhibition that recognizes the exceptional contributions of American Indian alumni to the University, the state and the communities they serve.
Take "time out" to participate in UND’s Time-Out Week. It's your opportunity to reflect upon American Indian culture past, present and future with special activities, presentations and lectures, including the Wacipi Powwow.
UND student, Cole Ward, plans to pursue change with research thanks to the McNair Scholar Award. He presented on a topic near and dear to him, "Factors Affecting the High School Dropout Decisions of Rural Native American and other Youth."