Students taking Native American and Indigenous Studies courses begin to understand historical and contemporary social issues among indigenous peoples of the Americas, within the global context of settler colonialism and its legacies. 

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program 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.

This program offers both a certificate and a minor. A student may earn the certificate or a minor in Native American and Indigenous 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, health care, business, social work, and law.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Certificate

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

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. 

Review Native American and Indigenous Studies in the General Catalog for more information. 

Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

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

Review Native American and Indigenous Studies in the General Catalog for details. 

Course Work

The curriculum enables students to visit and learn more about regional Native American and Indigenous communities in Iowa and the Midwest. Students gain expertise for employment in advocacy, social services, health care, education, and other areas that require cross-cultural understanding and communication with diverse public audiences. 

Courses provide a foundation for more specialized or advanced study in a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, education, ethnic studies, geography, history, political science, psychology, and religious studies. 

Application Process

Application Process Tabs

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.


Native American and Indigenous Studies
Native American and Indigenous Studies
Four-Year Graduation Plan