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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Major in American Indigenous Studies

American Indigenous Studies (AIS) provides an interdisciplinary and broad understanding of Indigenous Americans, especially the Dakota, and their respective ways of life in the past, present, and future. AIS welcomes all students - Native and non-native - to pursue knowledge of Native American cultures, knowledge, languages, histories, politics, media, and other topics. The AIS program will prepare students to pursue graduate studies and careers located in tribal communities or in ethnically diverse settings. Incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum, AIS facilitates a space whereby Native American worldviews will be an enduring and integral part of the diverse intellectual atmosphere of the University.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of the Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor
  • Certificate

Admission Requirements

Admission to Major is granted by the American Indigenous Studies Program. American Indigenous Studies adheres to the minimum University admission requirements:

  1. Minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (“C”)

Contact the department for application procedures. For information on admissions go to the Admissions website.

Program Contact Information

Rhonda Dass
American Indigenous Studies
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-3224