Certificate Requirements

The certificate in American Indian Studies focuses on: the indigenous peoples the Europeans encountered when they first came to the United States, how the arrival of the Europeans impacted Native Americans, and how Euro-Americans and Native Americans transformed each other.Coursework for the certificate is taken through traditional academic disciplines, including Anthropology, English, History, and Sociology.

Independent study courses focusing on the American Indian experience may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Coordinator. Other courses not on this list but relevant to the study of American Indians may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Coordinator.

Requirements

Total American Indian Studies Credits

18 credits

Required Course (3 credits)
  • AIS 101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies, 3 credits
Electives (15 credits)

Students may petition the AIS Coordinator for approval of appropriate courses not on the approved list.

  • AIS 105 - Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Culture, 3 credits
  • AIS 106 - Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy, 3 credits
  • AIS 151 - First-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), 4 credits
  • AIS 152 - Second-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) , 4 credits
  • AIS 203 - Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past, 3 credits
  • AIS/Anthro 213 - American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin, 3 credits
  • AIS/Anthro 225 - The Aztec Empire, 3 credits
  • AIS 251 - Third-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), 4 credits
  • AIS 252 - Fourth-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) , 4 credits
  • AIS/Hist 262 - North American Indian History to 1887, 3 credits
  • AIS/Hist 263 - North American Indian History Since 1887, 3 credits
  • AIS/English 276 - Introduction to American Indian Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • AIS/Anthro 308 - Archaeology of North America, 3 credits
  • AIS/Anthro 310 - Archaeology of Middle America, 3 credits
  • AIS/Anthro 311 - The World of the Ancient Maya, 3 credits
  • AIS/Anthro 314 - American Indian Societies and Cultures, 3 credits
  • AIS/Sociol 320 - Social Change in American Indian Society, 3 credits
  • AIS/Sociol 321 - Contemporary Issues of the American Indian, 3 credits
  • AIS 360 - Ezhi-Kinomaageying: Anishinaabe Curriculum, 3 credits
  • AIS/Anthro/Global 362 - System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction, 3 credits
  • AIS 370 - Anishinaabebiige: Archival to Contemporary Writing, 3 credits
  • AIS/English 372 - Survey of American Indian Literature, 3 credits
  • AIS/Hist 473 - History of Wisconsin Indians, 3 credits
  • AIS/Hist 474 - Topics in North American Indian History: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • AIS/Hist 475 - American Indian History, Law, and Government, 3 credits
  • AIS/English 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • AIS/English 525 - American Indian Literature, Culture, and Creative Arts, 3 credits
  • AIS/English 632 - Seminar in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 561 - Education Issues in American Indian Communities, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 621 - History of Native Education and Policy Development, 3 credits


Additional Requirements

The American Indian Studies Certificate requires that students take at least 12 credits in residence at UWM. Of these 12 residence credits, nine must be taken at the 300 level or above. Twelve of the 18 required credits must be in the College of Letters and Science, with at least 6 of these at the 300 level or above. No more than 9 credits from any one department may count toward the certificate. A maximum of 6 credits of independent study may count toward program requirements.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits attempted for the certificate.