The American Indian Studies program provides students with a thorough understanding of the Native American tribal nations in North America and their influence and impact in today's culture and society.
Our program embraces everyone interested in understanding the treaties, history, cultures, and politics that shaped the formation of North America and continue to have relevance today. While UWM does attract a number of students with Native American ancestry to the program, our classes are full of people from all types of backgrounds. They all share a common interest in understanding the past in order to impact the present. There are 565 tribal nations in the U.S., and 12 are located in the state of Wisconsin. UWM is a national driving force in this academic area because of our location; we have the most Native American faculty of any other UW school in Wisconsin.
Certificates are similar to minors in terms of credit requirements but draw on coursework from multiple fields of study rather than from a single department.
The American Indian Studies Certificate is intended to enhance a bachelor’s degree. The certificate is available to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM and to students who previously have received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university.
To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, at least 18 credits in approved American Indian Studies courses, of which 12 must be earned 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. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Independent study courses focusing on the American Indian experience may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Coordinator. If the core course is not offered in the years an undergraduate student is pursuing the certificate, the student can petition the Certificate Program Coordinator to accept another course in its stead. 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.
Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the Certificate Program Coordinator. Students currently enrolled at UWM who have fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to the program’s approval may have their credits applied retroactively to the certificate program.
The following are required:
|AIS 101||Introduction to American Indian Studies||3|
|Select 15 credits from the list of approved courses 1||15|
Students may petition the AIS Coordinator for approval of appropriate courses not on the approved list.
|AIS 105||Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Culture||3|
|AIS 106||Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy||3|
|AIS 171||First-Semester Indigenous Languages of Wisconsin:||4|
|AIS 172||Second-Semester Indigenous Languages of Wisconsin:||4|
|AIS 203||Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past||3|
|AIS/ANTHRO 225||The Aztec Empire||3|
|AIS 252||Fourth Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)||4|
|AIS/HIST 262||North American Indian History to 1887||3|
|AIS/HIST 263||North American Indian History Since 1887||3|
|AIS 271||Third-Semester Indigenous Languages of Wisconsin:||4|
|AIS/ENGLISH 276||Introduction to American Indian Literature:||3|
|AIS/ANTHRO 308||Archaeology of North America||3|
|AIS/ANTHRO 310||Archaeology of Middle America||3|
|AIS/ANTHRO 311||The World of the Ancient Maya||3|
|AIS/ANTHRO 314||American Indian Societies and Cultures||3|
|AIS/SOCIOL 321||Contemporary Issues of the American Indian||3|
|AIS 360||Ezhi-Kinomaageying: Anishinaabe Curriculum||3|
|AIS/ANTHRO/GLOBAL 362||System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction||3|
|AIS 370||Anishinaabebiige: Archival to Contemporary Writing||3|
|AIS/ENGLISH 372||Survey of American Indian Literature||3|
|AIS/HIST 473||History of Wisconsin Indians||3|
|AIS/HIST 474||Topics in North American Indian History:||3|
|AIS/HIST 475||American Indian History, Law, and Government||3|
|AIS/ENGLISH 520||Studies in American Indian Literature:||3|
|AIS/ENGLISH 525||American Indian Literature, Culture, and Creative Arts||3|
|AIS/ENGLISH 632||Seminar in American Indian Literature:||3|
|ANTHRO 213||American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin||3|