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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Native American Studies degree program is designed for individuals who seek knowledge and experience of indigenous history, culture, language, literature, arts, philosophy, political and social science, and sovereignty.  The Language emphasis program focuses on Ojibwemowin.

Student learning focuses on Ojibwe culture and the interaction between traditional and contemporary knowledge and activities. Topics that will be examined in this degree program include: the historical and contemporary relationship between Native and non-Native people, the unique status of Native Americans nations with sovereign powers, and the importance of language as a means of cultural expression and revitalization.  This degree provides special emphasis on the language, culture, and traditions of the Ojibwe of the Great Lakes Region.

STUDENT PROFILE

As a Native American Studies student, you should:

  • Desire knowledge of Native peoples history, language, and their respective communities
  • Want to experience Native American culture beyond the classroom setting
  • Communicate effectively

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Students completing the Native American Studies program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in Ojibwemowin
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sovereignty and the unique political status of Native Americans in the United States
  • Evaluate documents pertaining to Native Americans
  • Articulate how they incorporate Ojibwe culture into their lives

CAREER OUTLOOK

A degree in Native American Studies will allow you to enter further undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

A variety of career options are available in:  Ojibwe instruction, Federal/State/Tribal organizations, Native law and politics, Museum and Archival work, and Research specialization Journalism and other media