Anishinaabe Language

The Certificate in Anishinaabe Language (also known as Ojibwe) at UWM is an academic program that provides students with academic inquiry into Anishinaabe Language and culture.

The Anishinaabe language is spoken by the tribes of the Three Fires Confederacy: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi who share an origin story of migrating together to the western Great Lakes prior to European contact. The peoples of these three related tribes today live in Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario and Wisconsin on more than 80 U.S. or Canadian recognized reservations and offer job opportunities, particularly in education, for individuals who have proficiency in Anishinaabe language.

Anishinaabemowin is today considered an “endangered language” due to the historical implementation of federal policies on both sides of the border that attempted to promote English-only education in federal boarding schools. Children were punished for speaking their birth language. However, Anishinaabe is also one of the North American Indian languages that, due to the number of remaining speakers and intensive language programs in tribal communities is expected to survive through the 21st century.

More information about the certificate is on our Fact Sheet, which can be downloaded from the right-hand column of this page.

Certificate Requirements

Total Credits


GPA Requirement

The College requires that students earn at least a 2.500 GPA on courses counted toward the certificate.

Additional Requirements

Twelve credits must be earned in residence at UWM, including nine at the 300 level and above. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Required Language Courses

AIS 151 - First-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), 4 credits

AIS 152 - Second-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), 4 credits

AIS 251 - Third Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), 4 credits

AIS 252 - Fourth Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), 4 credits

Cultural Competency Course

AIS/HIST 473 - History of Wisconsin Indians, 3 credits

(select two of the following)

AIS 360 - Ezhi-Kinomaageying: Anishinaabe Curriculum, 3 credits

AIS/ANTHRO 362 - System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction, 3 credits

AIS 370 - Anishinaabebiige: Archival to Contemporary Writing, 3 credits

CURRINS 542 - History and Politics of Second Language Education, 3 credits

CURRINS 637 - World Language Methods and Materials, 3 credits