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C514 Padelford Hall
206-543-9082
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The American Indian Studies Department at the University of Washington advances and promotes knowledge integral to Native peoples through research, teaching, and community service. It is the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

 Undergraduate Programs


American Indian Studies

C514 Padelford Hall
206-543-9082
native@uw.edu

 Program of Study: Major: American Indian Studies


Program Overview

American Indian Studies approaches its teaching and research from a decolonized, community based, and global perspective. American Indian Studies faculty and students strive to develop innovative theories and methodologies that increase knowledge about Indigenous Peoples and support the needs of Indigenous communities. The department promotes faculty and student exchange programs with institutions that are committed to a deeper understanding of Indigenous communities and Peoples throughout the world.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in American indian Studies
Recommended Preparation

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: Completion of AIS 102 and AIS 103. Completion of two courses from AIS 170, AIS 202, AIS 203, HSTAA 209/AIS 209, or HSTAA 210/AIS 210. Courses that sharpen writing and analytical reasoning skills. Exposure to courses in history, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies, literature, political science, communications, and gender, women, and sexuality studies.

Admission Requirements

Students in good academic standing may declare this major at any time.

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in American indian Studies


Credential Overview

The American Indian Studies degree prepares students for a variety of careers, including community-based and university-based research; cultural resource management; education; writing; fundraising; tribal administration; academic advising and administration; museum curation; resource management; and many other careers. The degree also provides a foundation for graduate study in indigenous studies, law, museology, tribal administration, documentary filmmaking, education, history, and other areas of study.

Completion Requirements

55 credits

  1. Introductory courses (10 credits): AIS 102, AIS 103
  2. Content courses (10 credits): two courses from AIS 170, AIS 202, AIS 203, HSTAA 209/AIS 209, and HSTAA 210/AIS 210
  3. Concentrations (25 credits): Minimum 5 credits each from governance; environment and health; and culture and history. (See department website for courses that fulfill concentration requirements.)
  4. Electives (10 credits): Any AIS courses not used to satisfy other major requirements; also, approved courses taught by AIS adjunct faculty. (See department website for adjunct faculty courses.)
  5. Minimum 30 credits completed at the 300 level or above

 Program of Study: Minor: American Indian Studies


Program Overview

Any undergraduate student with at least sophomore standing may declare this minor with his or her major adviser's permission. Like the major, the minor in AIS prepares students for a variety of careers, including community-based and university-based research; cultural resource management; education; writing; fundraising; tribal administration; academic advising and administration; museum curation; resource management; and many other careers. The AIS minor can be combined with a major in almost any field to complement that degree with additional knowledge integral to Native peoples.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in American indian Studies

 Minor in American indian Studies


Completion Requirements

Minimum 30 credits

  1. Introductory courses (10 credits): AIS 102, AIS 103
  2. Content course (5 credits): one selected from AIS 170, AIS 202, AIS 203, HSTAA 209/AIS 209, and HSTAA 210/AIS 210
  3. Electives (15 credits): in AIS courses; minimum 5 credits at the 300 level or above

 Program of Study: Minor: Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies


Program Overview

The Minor in Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies is designed to enable a transformative academic experience for UW students through the use of collaborative, interdisciplinary, and innovative pedagogical approaches adapted from indigenous knowledges and practices from Oceania. It brings cohesion to the different kinds of courses designed to increase students' critical and transformative thinking about all aspects of knowledge and practice in Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies

 Minor in Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies


Completion Requirements

Minimum 25 credits

  1. Required Core Courses (15 credits): AIS 102; one from AAS 206, AAS 210; one from AES 494, AIS 497, ANTH 489
  2. Electives (10 credits): two courses from the following, including at least one at the 300 or 400 level: ANTH 307/AAS 300, ANTH 306, ANTH 312, ARCHY 325, ENGL 257, GWSS 392, AAS 320, AAS 360, AAS 385, AAS 392, AAS 402, SMEA 103, SMEA 485; or any other course with significance for Oceania/Pacific Islander Studies, as approved by the program adviser.
  3. Minimum 50% or 15 credits (whichever is greater) completed in residence at the UW Seattle campus.
Additional Information

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The AIS curriculum prepares students to understand the breadth, key content, methodologies, and theories in American Indian and Indigenous studies, while developing their skills to write and think critically. The degree prepares students to earn advanced degrees in related fields, as well as to pursue careers involving critical thinking and knowledge of American Indian and the Indigenous experiences.
  • Honors Options Available: None
  • Undergraduate Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Contact adviser for internship opportunities
  • Department Scholarships: None
  • Student Organizations/Associations:
    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): College of Engineering, 013 Loew Hall
    • American Indian Student Commission - ASUW: asuwaisc@uw.edu
    • First Nations at the UW: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Avenue N. E.
    • Medicine Wheel Society: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
    • Native Organization of Indigenous Scholars: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

 Graduate Program


American Indian Studies


 Program of Study: Graduate Certificate in American Indian & Indigenous Studies


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Graduate Certificate in American Indian & Indigenous Studies
Recommended Preparation

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

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.

 Graduate Certificate in American Indian & Indigenous Studies


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.