Certificate in American Indian Studies
A Certificate in American Indian Studies is a way of giving recognition to students who have made a significant effort to learn about American Indian culture and the place of American Indians in American society. Students receiving a certificate will have a transcript notation indicating that they have received a certificate in American Indian Studies.
What can I do with a certificate in American Indian Studies?
American Indian Studies majors go on to successful careers in administration, advising, academics, advocacy, the arts, business, community outreach, consulting, education, government, health or health education, journalism, library science, literacy programming, lobbying, management, politics, publishing, school counseling, social work, research, and many more.
AIS Certificate Advisor: Denise Wiyaka
To receive a certificate in American Indian Studies, a student must contact the American Indian Studies Advisor to fill out the necessary forms. Complete a total of eighteen (18) classroom credit hours. Nine (9) classroom credit hours must be selected from at least 3 separate subject areas from the following list:
- American Indian Studies: 100, 150, 151, 274, 301, 302, 325, 371, 401, 402, 431, 450, 474, 578, 639, 658, 699
- English: 172, 274, 275, 594, 649, 650
- Anthropology: 208, 314, 317, 354, 356, 471, 676
- History: 490, 516, 546, 941, 942
II. Complete an additional nine (9) credit hours of AISP/cross-listed courses approved by the American Indian Studies Advisor.
The cumulative grade point average received in courses to be counted toward a Certificate in American Indian Studies must be at least 2.50. In some special circumstances students may have courses not listed on the AISP list of courses count toward the credits required for the Certificate.
Additional Requirements: At least one-half (9) of the total classroom credits hour (18) must be taken at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Of the total classroom credit hours required, only six (6) credits may be taken as Pass/Fail. All other credits must be taken for a letter grade. The Certificate in American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is open to special students and undergraduate students regardless of the college of enrollment.
To learn more about the AIS Certificate, contact AIS at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our office at 316 Ingraham Hall to speak with a staff member.
To begin the Certificate Declaration Process fill out the Certificate Program Application form and bring it to Ingraham 316. You may also fill out the Special Circumstances form, which allows you to list courses that are not AIS affiliated but that relate to American Indian Studies. This form must be approved by your American Indian Studies advisor to count toward your Certificate in American Indian Studies.