Undergraduate Program

Native American Studies is an academic discipline committed to examining the contemporary and past experiences and life ways of the first Americans from their perspective. The curriculum is designed to provide a study of American Indians from a holistic and humanistic viewpoint by focusing upon their cultures, history, and contemporary life. Courses are designed for both Native American and non-Native American students so they can better understand human similarities and differences, thereby leading to the development of better communications and cross-cultural relationships.

The Native American Studies (NAS) major provides a broad based liberal arts education with a focus on Indian country issues in the past, present, and future. It is interdisciplinary, offering courses from literature to history. The primary skills taught include critical thinking, research, and communication-both written and oral. Students who enroll in NAS courses will learn in-depth about the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the U.S., and the development of the political and social relationship. Students will also learn about various indigenous perspectives of the world including culture and history.

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NAS offers academic advising to all NAS majors and minors in the College of Humanities and Sciences’ Academic Advising Center, found in the Liberal Arts Building.

Please call: (406) 243-4100 or visit the Advising Center in LA 133.

Degree Otpions and Requirements


Certificate in Native American Studies

The Native American Studies Department Certificate is designed to complement any major or non-degree seeking person interested in acquiring a general knowledge, appreciation and an application of Native American history, policy and culture. The overarching purpose of the certificate is to develop a basic understanding of the historical and current dynamics of Native Americans and their communities.

Certificate in Language Rejuvenation and Maintenance

The Certificate in Language Rejuvenation and Maintenance has been broadly designed to meet the needs of students interested in language revitalization, instructors of Native languages seeking to learn of and acquire skills for successful language instruction and acquisition, or administrators involved in language revitalization programs.

What can I do with a major in NAS?

Visit UM's Career Services website to learn more about potential careers for students majoring in NAS.