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Title American Indian Studies Certificate 
Department Anthropology 

Department Description: Courses in Anthropology address questions about the human experience: What does it mean to be human? How does the human experience vary across time and culture? How do people organize their lives to make sense of the world in which they live? How does culture influence how people interpret their world? Students of anthropology learn to be respectful of diversity by understanding the reasons behind our differences. They develop a global perspective by learning to look beyond their own world view to see the world through other eyes. Students also develop analysis skills, communications skills and an understanding of many different cultures.The field of anthropology includes both cultural anthropology and archeology, along with physical and linguistic anthropology.

Department Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Identify and communicate alternative explanations for contemporary social issues.
  • Identify the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral sciences use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods or cultures.

Special Department Information: Students in this program may earn a certificate that will enrich their knowledge of the American Indians of the central Minnesota region. The American Indian Studies certificate explores the culture, history, art and literature of the American Indian.

Program Course Requirements

Student must choose 12 credits from the following list:
ANTH 2411   Culture of American Indians (3 cr)
ARTS 2485   American Indian Art (3 cr)
ENGL 2455   American Indian Literature (3 cr)
HIST 2411   American Indian History (3 cr)
POLS 2401   Federal Indian Policy (3 cr) 


Click here to download the American Indian Studies Certificate Program Planning Form (PDF)

Special Program Requirements:

Transfer Opportunities: Anthropology courses generally transfer to all accredited schools. The issues addressed in anthropology prepare students to study in many fields. All aspects of life today can be enhanced by a cross-cultural perspective.

Career Opportunities: Many anthropologists find careers working with diverse cultures or in any field requiring a global perspective such as education, public service, social and political activism, as well as private sector careers. An archeology focus prepares students to teach or to work with agencies that do excavation and/or survey archeology, artifact inventory, forensics, and related areas.