The American Indian Studies Program offers an undergraduate major through the Committee Interdisciplinary Major and an undergraduate certificate in American Indian Studies. These academic programs draw primarily on courses from anthropology, history, literature, sociology, and education to help students develop a depth of knowledge about — and methodological skills for studying — the life experiences, culture, and languages of the native peoples of the Americas. Although interdisciplinary, American Indian Studies encompasses a distinct body of knowledge. The program’s faculty and staff members are involved in ongoing research and publication in this discipline as well as related academic disciplines.

There are two distinct features that distinguish UWM’s academic programs in American Indian Studies. The Electa Quinney Institute is a campus resource that facilitates the development of new programs, services, and research opportunities in partnership with the American Indian community. UWM also is home to more American Indian faculty than any other school in the UW System.

American Indian Studies Courses

NameRankDegreeSchoolGraduate FacultyEmeritus Faculty
Sharity Bassett Assistant Professor PhD University of Buffalo No No
Kimberly M. Blaeser Professor PhD University of Notre Dame Yes No
Mark Freeland Associate Professor PhD/MDiv University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology No No
Donald Green Associate Professor PhD University of Minnesota No Yes
Margaret Noodin Associate Professor PhD University of Minnesota Yes No
Jason Sherman Associate Professor PhD University of Michigan Yes No
Michael Wilson Associate Professor of English PhD Cornell University Yes No