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College of Letters & Science

American Indian Studies Program

Certificate Program

315 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-5501; aisp@mailplus.wisc.edu; amindian.wisc.edu/

Professors Hill, Macaulay, Nesper, Reaves, Sandefur, Steele, Valentine; Associate Professor Loew, Mithlo, Schenck, Schroeder, Teuton; Assistant Professors Sparks, Yandell

Director: Rand Valentine
Associate Director: Denise Wiyaka

The American Indian Studies Program seeks to provide and maintain the highest levels of education, scholarship, leadership, and support to all students, staff, and faculty at the university. As an integral part of the university, the program maintains a special focus on assisting and supporting American Indians in their educational endeavors. In addition to the commitment to the university community, the program provides consultation and services to numerous local, state, and national organizations.

It is the mission of the American Indian Studies Program to provide leadership to other university departments and programs in the pursuit of American Indian course development and scholarship. In addition, the program serves as a resource center and support for individuals who are interested in American Indian culture, history, research, and contemporary life.

Certificate Program

Certificate advisor: Denise Wiyaka

To declare the certificate in American Indian studies, a student must contact the proram advisor.

The certificate requires 15 credits in the following areas:

1. Introduction to American Indian Studies: AMER IND 100

2. Four courses from at least two of the following disciplines:

a. History

  • AMER IND 490 American Indian History

b. Literature and Media

  • AMER IND 275 American Indian Oral Literature
  • AMER IND 325 American Indians in Film
  • AMER IND 444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media

c. Anthropology

  • AMER IND 314 Indians of North America
  • AMER IND 320 Native Peoples of the Southwest
  • AMER IND 353 Indians of the Western Great Lakes
  • AMER IND 354 Archaeology of Wisconsin

d. Language

  • AMER IND 301 First Semester Ojibwe
  • AMER IND 302 Second Semester Ojibwe
  • AMER IND 401 Third Semester Ojibwe
  • AMER IND 402 Fourth Semester Ojibwe
  • AMER IND 371 Survey of North American Indian Languages

e. American Indian Social and Cultural Issues

  • AMER IND 250 Indians of Wisconsin
  • AMER IND 450 Issues in American Studies
  • AMER IND 474 Ethnobotany
  • AMER IND 522 American Indian Families
  • AMER IND 578 Poverty and Place

3. Additional credits to meet the minimum number of credits and courses required for the certificate

Residence and Quality of Work

  • 2.000 GPA must be earned on all course work eligible to meet the certificate requirements.
  • 6 credits may be taken as pass/fail. All other credits must be taken for a letter grade.
  • 8 credits of certificate course work must be completed in residence.

This page was updated 11/4/16.