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American Indian Studies

Department Overview

C514 Padelford

American Indian Studies offers students a wide range of opportunities to learn about the histories, cultures, arts, and contemporary lives of North America's diverse indigenous peoples. The AIS curriculum is multi-disciplinary; it encompasses knowledge, theory, and methods characteristic of several fields in the social sciences and humanities, including history, anthropology, political science, sociology, law, art, and communications.

Undergraduate Program

C514 Padelford, Box 354305
(206) 543-9082

The Department of American Indian Studies offers the following undergraduate programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in American Indian studies
  • A minor in American Indian studies

Bachelor of Arts

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: Completion of two courses from AIS 102, AIS 201, AIS 202, AIS 203

Department Admission Requirements

  1. 10 credits of college American Indian studies classes
  2. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  3. Upon satisfying items 1 and 2, above, students may declare the major any time.  Transfer students must be enrolled at the UW before applying.

Major Requirements

55 credits as follows:

  1. Introductory courses (10 credits): Two courses from AIS 102, AIS 201, AIS 202, and AIS 203. Other courses may be approved by the American Indian Studies program chair.
  2. American Indian Studies electives (45 credits): Chosen from AIS courses or a select list of courses from other departments. (See program adviser or departmental website for complete list.)
  3. Minimum 25 credits for the major at the 300 level or above must be completed through the UW.


Minor Requirements: Minimum 30 credits to include:

  1. 10 credits of introductory coursework in American Indian studies, chosen from AIS 102, AIS 201, AIS 202, AIS 203.  Other courses may be allowed with the approval of the American Indian Studies program chair.
  2. 20 credits of AIS electives, chosen from AIS courses or from a select list of courses in other departments (see program adviser or program website for complete list).

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: American Indian studies graduates possess a broad knowledge of historical and contemporary American Indian cultures, have the ability to develop both written and oral arguments, possess knowledge of American Indian philosophy and world view, and possess an understanding of Native Nation sovereign status and treaty status.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: None
  • Honors Options Available: For Honors options, see Department adviser.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: None offered
  • Department Scholarships: None offered
  • Student Organizations/Associations:
    • American Indians in Science and Engineering Society (AISES), UW Chapter Office: Ethnic Cultural Center and 207 Loew Hall (MSEP), (206) 685-8688
    • First Nations at the UW. Office: Ethnic Cultural Center, American Indian Room, (206) 543-4635, ext. 12
    • Medicine Wheel Society. Office: Ethnic Cultural Center and School of Medicine