American Indian/Native American Studies is a program that focuses on the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the American Indian, Aleut, Inuit, Hawaiian and other native peoples of the Americas from earliest times until the present, with particular emphasis on U.S. and Canadian populations and their problems but including reference to Caribbean and Latin American native peoples.
American Indian/Native American Studies majors and degree programs are typically multidisciplinary and include instruction in the history, culture, and literature of American Indian and Native American peoples.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in American Indian/Native American Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " American Indian/Native American Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in American Indian/Native American Studies?
Typically, this area of study is a liberal arts degree program. As such, it doesn’t lead to a specific set of jobs or career opportunities. What you focus on during your studies will open doors for employment later. There is a need for an understanding of American Indian/Native American history and culture in many areas, such as government, education, marketing, and public relations.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in American Indian/Native American Studies:
Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Association of American Indian Affairs
- Native American Heritage Association
- Warrior Women Project
- Native Web
Publications/Magazines in American Indian/Native American Studies: