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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 18-credit certificate requires 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—18 semester credits

All courses are available online
The certificate requires six 3-credit courses: Three courses are required, and three are electives from related areas

Required Courses

9 credits; choose three from the following

  • AIS/ANTH 320 [DIVR] – Native Peoples of North America 
  • CES 171 [SSCI] – Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • HISTORY 308 [DIVR] – North American Indian History, Precontact to Present
  • HISTORY/POL_S/ANTH 410 – History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law

Elective Courses

9 credits; choose three from the following

  • CES 379 – Indigenous Film
  • FINE_ART 301 – Arts of Native North America
  • CES 271/MUS 265 [HUM] – Native Music of North America
  • AIS/ANTH 327 [DIVR] – Contemporary Native Peoples of the Americas 
  • HISTORY/POL_S/ANTH 410 – History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law