What will I learn?

American Indian Studies fosters Indigenous wellness, political sovereignty and self-determination, cultural revitalization, and cross-cultural understanding. It also engages with the histories, psychological and social realities, expressive cultures, traditional land- and water-based practices, and political status of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: Completion of AIS 102 and AIS 103. Completion of two courses from AIS 170, AIS 202, AIS 203, HSTAA 209/AIS 209, or HSTAA 210/AIS 210. Courses that sharpen writing and analytical reasoning skills. Exposure to courses in history, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies, literature, political science, communications, and gender, women, and sexuality studies.

Major Requirements

55 credits

  • Introductory courses (10 credits): AIS 102, AIS 103
  • Content courses (10 credits): two courses from AIS 170, AIS 202, AIS 203, HSTAA 209/AIS 209, and HSTAA 210/AIS 210
  • Concentrations (25 credits): Minimum 5 credits each from governance; environment and health; and culture and history. (See department website for courses that fulfill concentration requirements.)
  • Electives (10 credits): Any AIS courses not used to satisfy other major requirements; also, approved courses taught by AIS adjunct faculty. (See department website for adjunct faculty courses.)
  • Minimum 30 credits completed at the 300 level or above

Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The AIS curriculum prepares students to understand the breadth, key content, methodologies, and theories in American Indian and Indigenous studies, while developing their skills to write and think critically. The degree prepares students to earn advanced degrees in related fields, as well as to pursue careers involving critical thinking and knowledge of American Indian and the Indigenous experiences.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected June, September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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