Certificate Requirements

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Minor | Cultural Experience | Graduate Program

Undergraduate Certificate

Students pursuing the certificate in American Indian and Native Studies must earn at least 21 semester hours of credit in courses chosen from the list of approved AINSP courses, with a grade-point average of at least 2.00. The following courses are required: (9 s.h.)

149:049 Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies (3 s.h.)
149:102 Introduction to American Indian History and Policy (3 s.h.)
149:113 Native American Literature (3 s.h.)

In addition, choose 3 s.h. from the following AINSP classes:

149:076 American Indian Environmentalism (3 s.h.)
149:110 Native Peoples of North America (3 s.h.)
149:195 Directed Cultural Experience (arr.)
149:197 Undergraduate Independent Stude (arr.)
149:199 Special Topics: American Indian and Native Studies (arr.)

 

Additional course work selected from the list of approved AINSP elective courses (9 s.h.).

Courses applied toward the AINSP certificate also may be used to satisfy General Education Program requirements or the requirements for a major or a minor. The certificate is awarded only upon completion of a bachelor's degree. Holders of Iowa baccalaureate degrees may return to complete the requirements for a certificate. Students may not earn both a certificate and a minor in American Indian and Native Studies.

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Minor

To earn a minor in American Indian and Native Studies, students must complete 15 semester hours in courses chosen from the list of approved AINSP courses, with a grade-point average of at least 2.00. At least 12 semester hours must be chosen from University of Iowa upper-level courses, numbered 70 and above. This course work must include the following:

149:049 Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies (3 s.h.)
and
149:102 Introduction to American Indian History and Policy (3 s.h.) -OR-
149:113 Native American Literature (3 s.h.)

In addition, 3 S.H. must be chosen from one of the following:

149:076 American Indian Environmentalism (3 s.h.)
149:110 Native Peoples of North America (3 s.h.)
149:195 Directed Cultural Experience (arr.)
149:197 Undergraduate Independent Stude (arr.)
149:199 Special Topics: American Indian and Native Studies (arr.)

Additional course work, including courses selected from the list of approved AINSP courses (6 s.h.).

Students may not use more than 6 semester hours of course work from their major to satisfy the AINSP minor.

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Cultural Experience

It is highly recommended, but not required, that students have an in-depth American Indian cultural experience, usually through study or volunteer work, before they complete their undergraduate requirements. Students should consult AINSP faculty advisers about available options. With consent of instructor, academic credit may be earned in 149:195 Directed Cultural Experience.

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Graduate Program

The graduate Certificate in American Indian and Native Studies requires a minimum of 20 s.h. in courses approved for AINSP and numbered 100 or above (see "Associated Courses" and "American Indian and Native Studies Courses" below). Graduate students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in work toward the certificate. They may count a maximum of 6 s.h. of course work from their major field of study toward the AINSP graduate certificate.

Graduate students must apply to the academic coordinator to be admitted to the AINSP graduate certificate program. Students who earned an undergraduate certificate in the program may not receive a graduate certificate.

The courses must include the following:

149:102 Introduction to American Indian History and Policy (3 s.h.)

149:299 Independent Study Project (3 s.h.)
Electives numbered 100 or above chosen from courses listed under "Associated Courses" and "American Indian and Native Studies Courses" (15 s.h.)

Students may not count more than 6 semester hours of course work from their graduate department toward fulfillment of credit requirements for a graduate certificate in AINSP.

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