Native American Studies

Why a Degree in Native American Studies?

Native American Studies examines the contemporary and past experiences of the first Americans from their perspective. The curriculum provides a study of American Indians from a holistic and humanistic viewpoint by focusing on cultures, history, and contemporary life. Courses are designed for both Native American and non-Native American students so they can better understand human similarities and differences, leading to improved communications and cross-cultural relationships. NAS is an especially valuable major for people who intend to work in Montana or another state or region with a significant American Indian presence.

The major is interdisciplinary, offering courses from literature to history, and provides a perspective that critically analyzes and evaluates the strengths and limitations of each contributing discipline. As part of the major's liberal arts and interdisciplinary focus, all students completing the major must complete a minor in another field. 

Sample Occupations

  • Education
  • Diversity Coordinator
  • Natural Resources
  • Law/Policy
  • Cultural Preservationist
  • Tribal Liaison
  • Health Educator
  • College Professor
  • Community Outreach Coordinator

Professional Associations