The undergraduate Certificate in American Indian and Native Studies requires a minimum of 21 s.h. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

A student may earn the certificate or the minor in American Indian and native studies, but not both.

Students plan their programs in close cooperation with American Indian and Native Studies Program (AINSP) faculty advisors. Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. of course work from their major toward the AINSP undergraduate certificate. Courses applied toward the AINSP certificate also may be used to complete the General Education Program or the requirements for a major or a minor.

The AINSP undergraduate certificate requires the following course work.

All of these:
AINS:1049/AMST:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
AINS:3002/HIST:3202Introduction to American Indian History and Policy3
AINS:3441/ENGL:3441Native American Literature3
At least 3 s.h. from these:
AINS:2165/AMST:2165/ANTH:2165Native Peoples of North America3
AINS:3276/RELS:3976American Indian Environmentalism3
AINS:4000Special Topics: American Indian and Native Studiesarr.
AINS:4095Directed Cultural Experiencearr.
AINS:4990Independent Studyarr.
Electives chosen from "Associated Courses" below or courses with the prefix AINS9

Associated Courses

AINSP accepts the following courses as electives. Although these courses are not offered by AINSP, they are concerned in part with Native North Americans or other indigenous peoples of the Americas. Students may petition the AINSP faculty for permission to use other relevant courses as electives for the undergraduate certificate.

ANTH:2220Archaeology of Mesoamerica3
ANTH:3265Archaeology of the Great Plains3
Art and Art History
ARTH:1095American Indian Art3
ARTH:3120The Art of Ancient Mexico3
ARTH:3990Topics in Art History (when content is appropriate)3
EPLS:5123History of Ethnic/Minority Education3
ENGL:2410Selected American Authors After 1900 (when content is appropriate)2-3
ENGL:3418Literature and Culture of America Before 18003
ENGL:3419Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century America3
ENGL:3444Literatures of the American Peoples3
HIST:4220The Frontier in American History to 18403
HIST:4221The Frontier in American History 1840-Present3
HIST:4510Colonial Latin America3
Spanish and Portuguese
SPAN:3220Visual Culture: Colonial Spanish America3
SPAN:4330Colonial Spanish American Literature3

Cultural Experience

The program highly recommends that students have an in-depth American Indian cultural experience, usually through study or volunteer work, before they complete their undergraduate requirements. Consult AINSP faculty advisors about available options for AINS:4095 Directed Cultural Experience.