The American Indian & Native Studies Program (AINSP) focuses on the histories, cultures, literatures, and contemporary legal and political issues of Native Americans of the United States and other indigenous peoples of the Americas.

AINSP offers a certificate and a minor. A student may earn the certificate or a minor in American Indian & Native Studies, but not both.

Both the certificate and the minor combine well with a variety of undergraduate majors and provide background for jobs involving cross-cultural work that involves ethnic, social, and political diversity. They also help you prepare for advanced study and training in the social sciences, museum work, health care, business, and law.

American Indian & Native Studies Certificate

The courses required for the certificate help broaden the scope of students' understanding of United States history, with special reference to Native Americans' role in its founding, economy, and contemporary society.

Review the American Indian & Native Studies in the General Catalog for more details.

American Indian & Native Studies Minor

Students who pursue a minor learn about the origins, academic contributions, and political impact of the interdisciplinary field of Native American studies.

Review American Indian & Native Studies in the General Catalog for more details.

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have received a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


American Indian & Native Studies
American Indian & Native Studies