American Indian Studies

Program Overview


The Mission of the American Indian Studies Program is to prepare American Indian/Alaskan Native students for positions of leadership in the development of tribal communities and in the preservation of sovereignty and self-determination for American Indian/Alaska Native peoples.

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum providing thematic foundations of knowledge in history, sovereignty and government; health/wellness, social and community issues; language/culture acquisition and preservation; literature and fine arts, philosophy, religion, and museum/cultural center study.
  • Emphasis on practical skills needed for immediate service to American Indian and non-American Indian communities, i.e. Advocacy, compact/contract negotiations, cultural and economic resource planning and management, grant writing, preparation of impact and needs analysis, historical research, cultural preservation and tribal management and organizational skills or for continued graduate education.
  • Development of high-level intellectual skills in reading, writing, thinking analytically, critically and cross-culturally and communicating persuasively.

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be admitted to Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Completion of 45 hours of Institutional and General Education requirements by the time of admission to AIS
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Submission of all official academic transcripts
  • Completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a AIS faculty member)
  • Student essay describing future professional plans and the role of a degree in AIS in accomplishing these
  • Applications deadlines for fall May 1st and for spring October 1st.

Courses offered in American Indian Studies

  • Contemporary Issues of the American Indian
  • History of North American Indian Tribes
  • Native and Western Views of Nature
  • Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • American Indian Experience in the 20th Century
  • Environmental Protection in Indian Country
  • Human Behavior in American Indian Communities
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • American Indian Music
  • American Indian Film
  • Law and American Indian Religious Freedoms
  • Foundations of Indigenous Philosophy
  • Theories of Decolonization and Indigenization
  • American Indian Treaties & Agreements
  • American Indian Literature Seminar
  • Community Health Social Work with Indigenous Peoples