The B.S. in American Indian studies provides students with unique opportunities to evaluate issues of American Indian nations within a domestic and international context. The B.S. in American Indian studies encompasses two areas of emphasis, 1) legal, policy and community and economic development, and 2) arts, languages and culture. The American Indian Studies Program is committed to broadening the knowledge of students interested in the histories, languages, cultures, arts and contemporary situations of American Indian nations and people. The program is designed to protect the integrity and identity of the indigenous populations of North America and to create a learning environment conducive to critical and creative thought.
American Indian Studies graduates will be qualified to fill positions at the tribal government, state, federal and private levels. Graduates can advance to graduate school or can pursue professional careers in such fields as government service or public service. For example, federal and tribally operated schools located in remote areas within Indian Country have high turnover rates for both teachers and staff. American Indian Studies graduates should be available to help fill these positions. Furthermore, the federal government, a major employer on many reservations across the country, is in need of qualified people who are knowledgeable of Indian cultures, laws and policies. Additionally, many American Indian nations' economies and infrastructures are developing at a rapid pace, and they are in continuous need to fill mid-management and management-level positions. Example Careers: Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to the following: career title *growth *median salary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.12 65,030 Education Teachers, Postsecondary 15.12 58,300 Managers, All OtherBright OutlookBright Outlook 7.32 92,600 Recycling CoordinatorsGreenGreenBright Outlook 3.64 42,940 Social and Community Service Managers 13.78 56,600 * Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).