The undergraduate Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) requires a minimum of 18 s.h., including at least 12 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa. Students must earn a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all certificate coursework.

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.

All students develop an individual certificate plan of study in consultation with the NAIS coordinator. In some cases, students may be able to count certificate courses toward certain GE CLAS Core requirements. Students complete one introductory course and 15 s.h. in elective coursework as indicated below. Elective courses reflect the certificate program’s emphasis on Indigenous histories in the Americas, Indigenous cultures and literatures, and Indigenous peoples in global perspective. Elective courses from several departments ensure that students are exposed to different themes.

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

Introductory Courses

One of these:
AMST:1049/HIST:1049/NAIS:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
ANTH:2165/AMST:2165/NAIS:2165Native Peoples of North America3
HIST:2292/NAIS:2292Introduction to American Indian History and Policy3

Elective Courses

Students must choose 15 s.h. in elective coursework. They may petition for certificate credit for courses not listed below that contain significant Indigenous content. 

AMST:1049/HIST:1049/NAIS:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies (if not taken as an introductory course)3
AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290/NAIS:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
ANTH:2165/AMST:2165/NAIS:2165Native Peoples of North America (if not taken as an introductory course)3
ANTH:3110/GHS:3110/NAIS:3110Colonialism and Indigenous Health Equity3
ANTH:3257/NAIS:3257North American Archaeology3
ANTH:3258/NAIS:3258Southwestern Archaeology3
ARTH:1095/NAIS:1095Native American Art3
ENGL:2505Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3
ENGL:3431American Novel Since 1945 (when topic is Native American literature)3
ENGL:3515Topics in Postcolonial Studies3
FREN:4090Quebec Literature3
GWSS:3350/ANTH:3125/IS:3350Transnational Feminism3
HIST:1040Diversity in History (when topic is Indigenous feminisms; consult instructor)3
HIST:2151Introduction to the History Major (when topic is Indigenous women in settler societies; consult instructor)3
HIST:2292/NAIS:2292Introduction to American Indian History and Policy (if not taken as an introductory course)3
HIST:2294/NAIS:2294/SJUS:2294Indigenous Art Activism and Social Justice3
HIST:3270/NAIS:3270Colonial North America, ca. 1600-17753
HIST:3272/NAIS:3272Native Americans in the Age of Empires, ca. 1500-18153
HIST:3273War and Violence in Early American Societies and Culture3
HIST:4130/MUSM:4130Museum Literacy and Historical Memory3
SPAN:3240Mexico City3