The Native American Studies Program is designed for individuals who seek knowledge and experience of indigenous history, culture, language, literature, art, philosophy, political and social science, and sovereignty.  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 will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of sovereignty and the unique political status of Native Americans in the United States.

  • Interpret/evaluate historical documents pertaining to Native Americans.

  • Articulate how to incorporate Ojibwe culture into daily lives.

Career Outlook

A degree in Native American Studies will allow you to enter further undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs while also serving as a gateway to increasing potential for personal growth and advancement.

A variety of career options are

available in:

  • Ojibwe education and cultural instruction

  • Federal/state/tribal organizations

  • Native law and politics

  • Research specialization

  • Journalism

  • The arts and other media