What will I learn?

This degree in Applied Indigenous Studies explores issues of concern to indigenous peoples both in the Americas and around the globe. The curriculum grounds students in tribal histories and cultures, governmental policies, sustainable economic development, indigenous entrepreneurship, and contemporary conditions on native lands and reservations.

The Applied Indigenous Studies department also offers four minors to expand students understanding of Indigenous issues: Applied Indigenous Studies, Native American Studies, Indigenous Health Studies and Tribal Public Administration.

The Applied Indigenous Studies degree program emphasizes contemporary tribal management skills and respect for indigenous cultures. Students will gain the knowledge and tools to contribute to the sustainability of the indigenous communities into the 21st century. Using a curriculum to community approach, students will prepare to move from learning to action, applying native ways of knowing for the benefit of indigenous communities within the United States and abroad.

Students will be able to effectively serve as administrators of key government service departments and programs within the tribal governments, such as planning departments, environmental, education, and related social service departments; apply the distinct laws, policies, regulations and executive orders applying to tribal nations and American Indian and Indigenous lands and jurisdictional areas; apply laws, policies, regulations and executive orders unique to American Indian tribal nations in the United States as well as international legal standards applicable to Indigenous peoples worldwide to manage and protect culturally significant sites and resources; and develop and implement economic development strategies that are culturally appropriate and feasible for Indigenous individuals, communities and nations using models of Indigenous entrepreneurship.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Economic development
  • Ecosystem science and management
  • Environmental resource practice
  • Lobbying

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Ecosystem science and management
  • Policy analysis
  • University professor
  • Counselor

Which department am I in?

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (At least 120 units of credit)

Tuition fees
US$25,396.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff Campus,

FLAGSTAFF,

Arizona,

86011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

For international students

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 70 (School code 4006)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 56

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

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