American Indian Studies
The American Indian Studies certificate is an ideal stepping-stone for students interested in a four-year program in American Indian Studies. The program offers a concentrated study of the historical and contemporary issues of Native American peoples and cultures, with emphasis on Native Americans in Minnesota.
- Minneapolis College’s faculty are extremely knowledgeable and small class sizes offer you an opportunity for in-depth discussions and one-on-one attention.
- The College’s location is near one of the largest urban American Indian populations in the country, where many American Indian organizations are located.
- The College’s unique program offers affordable classes that can be transferred to a four year college or university.
Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.
- Articulate an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity and validity of the history, literature, art, spirituality, practices and political struggles of various American Indian cultures, perspectives and experiences in the past and the present.
- Appreciate and/or use the Indigenous languages of America for basic conversation purposes.
- Demonstrate a more specific understanding of the history, culture and contemporary experiences of American Indian tribes in Minnesota; in particular, Dakota and Ojibwe.
- Develop and incorporate the skills and methodologies of American Indian Studies, such as critical thinking, field work, data collection, interviews and academic writing.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how Native and non-native historians and social scientists discover, describe and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events and ideas of the Indigenous Nations of the Americas.
- You will gain a background in Native American History.
- You will have the opportunity to study traditional and contemporary literature and art.
- You may choose courses learning Ojibwe and/or the Dakota language.
- You will learn about contemporary issues that face Native Americans in contemporary society, in both rural and urban areas.
You may join UNITE—United Nations of Indian Tribes for Education, which promotes cultural awareness of the American Indian people and supports all diverse groups within MCTC's surrounding communities. There are also opportunities to volunteer or do an internship with the numerous Native American organizations located in the Twin Cities.
A certificate in American Indian Studies provides a foundation for many different career paths. Whether you choose to continue your studies at a four-year college or decide to enter a profession working in the Native American Community, courses at Minneapolis College will give you excellent training that will increase your success.
Potential Job Titles
- Community Development Worker
- Family Service Specialist
- Race Relations Specialist
- Government Planner
- Museum Curator
Where You Could Work
- Nonprofit agencies
- Social service centers
- Advocacy groups
- Cultural resource organizations