Certificate in American Indian Studies

A cer­tifi­cate in Amer­i­can Indian stud­ies is a way of giv­ing recog­ni­tion to stu­dents who have made a sig­nif­i­cant effort to learn about Amer­i­can Indian cul­ture and the place of Amer­i­can Indi­ans in Amer­i­can soci­ety. Stu­dents receiv­ing a cer­tifi­cate will have the achievement officially recorded via tran­script nota­tion.

What can I do with a certificate in American Indian Studies?

Students of Amer­i­can Indian stud­ies go on to suc­cess­ful careers in admin­is­tra­tion, advis­ing, aca­d­e­mics, advo­cacy, the arts, busi­ness, com­mu­nity out­reach, con­sult­ing, edu­ca­tion, gov­ern­ment, health or health edu­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism, library sci­ence, lit­er­acy pro­gram­ming, lob­by­ing, man­age­ment, pol­i­tics, pub­lish­ing, school coun­sel­ing, social work, research, and many more.

To begin the cer­tifi­cate dec­la­ra­tion process, students must submit the Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gram Appli­ca­tion form to the American Indian Studies office.  Students should contact the AIS certificate advisor to obtain the form and to obtain more details about the program. The certificate is open to Special students and undergraduate students regardless of the college of enrollment.

requirements for the certificate

15 credits are required, as follows:

Introduction to American Indian Studies:
AMER IND 100 Introduction to American Indian Studies3
FOUR courses from AT LEAST TWO of the following areas:12
American Indian History
Literature and Media
American Indian Oral Literatures
American Indians in Film
Native American Environmental Issues and the Media
Indians of North America
Native Peoples of the Southwest
Indians of the Western Great Lakes
Archaeology of Wisconsin
First Semester Ojibwe
Second Semester Ojibwe
Survey of North American Indian Languages
Ojibwe Language III
Ojibwe Language IV
American Indian Social and Cultural Issues
Indians of Wisconsin
American Indian Women
Issues in American Indian Studies
American Indian Families
Poverty and Place
Additional credits to meet the minimum number of credits and courses required for the Certificate
Total Credits15

​Residence and Quality of Work

  • ​2.000 GPA on all coursework eligible to meet the certificate requirements.
  • 6 credits may be taken as pass/fail.  All other credits must be taken for a letter grade.
  • 8 credits of the certificate coursework must be completed in residence.

Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates

This certificate may be completed within the context of an undergraduate degree or as a Special student after an undergraduate degree has been awarded from any institution. The certificate may be completed in its entirety while enrolled as a Special student. Candidates are encouraged to contact the certificate coordinator to discuss course enrollment and the sequencing of certificate requirements. 

  1. Apply knowledge and methods of inquiry characteristic of this interdisciplinary field.
  2. Apply knowledge of historical precedents to contemporary issues.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the creativity and ethos contained within the diverse ways of knowing (Indigenous Knowledge Systems) among American Indian nations and communities.
  4. Apply knowledge of the effects (ongoing) of oppression and racism that American Indians experience.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the contributions of American Indian value-belief systems and practical knowledge across all fields of human endeavor.

Students are required to declare the American Indian studies (AIS) certificate. For academic advising regarding the certificate, students should contact the AIS certificate advisor to obtain more details about the certificate program and general academic advising.  Contact  Denise Wiyaka at denise.wiyaka@wisc.edu or request information by sending an email to ais@letsci.wisc.edu. Students can also visit the AIS office at 316 Ingraham Hall.

Director: Roberta Hill
Associate Director: Denise Wiyaka


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