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American Indian Studies Certificate

WSU’s online undergraduate American Indian Studies certificate provides students with an in-depth knowledge of Native American history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues. The certificate will benefit anyone whose profession involves interaction with tribal communities, enterprises and businesses.

The certificate requires 18 credits, or six courses: Three core courses and three electives from a variety of related areas. Core topics include history, politics and law; elective topics include gender roles, film art, and contemporary cultures.

All courses are online, and you can earn the certificate without being admitted to a WSU degree program.

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Program of Study
The 18-credit certificate requires three core courses and three electives from related areas. All courses are available online.

    The courses must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

  • Required Courses:
    (9 semester credits; choose three courses)
    • CES 171 – Introduction to Indigenous Studies
    • HISTORY 308/CES 375 – North American Indian History Precontact to Present
    • ANTH 320/CES 377 – Native Peoples of North America
    • HISTORY 410 – History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law
  • Elective courses:
    (9 semester credits)

    The three elective courses can come from several fields. Among the options are:

    • ANTH 327/CES 378 – Contemporary Native Peoples of the Americas
    • ANTH 331 – America Before Columbus
    • CES 379 – Indigenous Film
    • FINE_ART 301 – Arts of Native North America
    • MUS 265/CES 271 – Native Music of North America


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