The undergraduate Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) requires a minimum of 18 s.h. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Students plan their programs in close cooperation with Native American and Indigenous Studies faculty advisors. They may count a maximum of 6 s.h. completed for a major, a minor, or another certificate offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences toward the Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Courses applied toward the NAIS certificate also may be used to complete the GE CLAS Core.

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

The Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies requires the following course work.

Required Courses

Students are required to complete the following two courses.

NAIS:1049/AMST:1049/HIST:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
NAIS:2165/AMST:2165/ANTH:2165Native Peoples of North America3

Elective Courses

Students must choose at least one course from two of the three lists below (6 s.h. total) and earn at least 12 s.h. in elective course work.

Indigenous Cultures and Literatures

NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
NAIS:2300/AMST:2300Native Americans in Film3
NAIS:2700/RELS:2700Sacred World of Native Americans3
NAIS:3257/ANTH:3257North American Archaeology3
NAIS:3258/ANTH:3258Southwestern Archaeology3
NAIS:3276/RELS:3976American Indian Environmentalism3
NAIS:3441/ENGL:3441Native American Literature3
FREN:4090Quebecois Literature3

Indigenous Histories in the Americas

NAIS:2292/HIST:2292Introduction to American Indian History and Policy3
NAIS:3211/HIST:3211Native North America I: Precontact-17893
NAIS:3212/HIST:3212Native North America II: 1789-Present3
NAIS:3270/HIST:3270Colonial North America, ca. 1600-17753
NAIS:4502/HIST:4502/LAS:4502History of Mexico3

Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective

NAIS:3110/ANTH:3110/GHS:3110Health of Indigenous Peoples3
NAIS:3272/HIST:3272Native Americans in the Age of Empires, ca. 1500-18153
NAIS:3289/HIST:3289The Atlantic World c. 1450-18503
ENGL:2505Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3
ENGL:3515Topics in Postcolonial Studies3
GWSS:3350/ANTH:3125/IS:3350Transnational Feminism3