American Indian Studies

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Fast Facts: American Indian Studies Minor

  • This minor enables students to delve into the history of the American Indian, to explore current events and tribal cultures, and to interact with American Indian peers and professionals on a regular basis.
  • Students will learn American Indian contributions to our social, political, economic and scientific development and develop a broader view and a deeper appreciation of our national heritage.
  • Faculty involved in this unique program not only teach but also advise students and serve in administrative posts.
  • The program is supported through the Native Studies Center, which has a full time Director, Native Student Recruitment/Success Specialist and Ojibwe Language instructor.
  • Students can also join the Native American Student Alliance (NASA) to get more involved with Native events and outreach.

Program requirements

Minor: 24 credits

Financial aid

Ge-Naadamaagoyen Native American Scholarship, which is a part of the CSS Social Justice Scholarships. The Ge-naadamaagoyan (that which helps you) Scholarship program is designated to provide significant scholarship opportunities to American Indian/Alaska Native students who demonstrate participation and commitment to advancing and/or preserving tribal communities’ traditions, which may include culture, language or history, and/or addressing contemporary social, economic or legal issues impacting tribal communities.

The Indian Scholarship Program is offered by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, often in cooperation with state education departments, for individuals of American Indian descent who meet eligibility requirements. These grants may cover up to full demonstrated need. Inquiries should be addressed to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office nearest you, or to the state office having program jurisdiction.

Students may also qualify for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship or other scholarships for American Indian students. Students should also consult their respective tribe for possible tribal scholarships.

Career outlook

Graduates of the Native American Studies minor have a diverse selection of career fields from which to choose. These may include:

  • Education: Teaching in nursing programs, Indian studies and at elementary and secondary schools
  • Administration: Directors of health care programs, tribal leaders
  • Health care service providers: Reservation, Indian health service and other healthcare providers
  • Social work: Reservation, school and county social services
  • Communications: Law, politics, journalism, media, public policy, interest group advocacy, archival and library science, museum studies, historic preservation and public history.


The College of St. Scholastica was one of just five Minnesota colleges named on the list of Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans by Winds of Change magazine.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans by Winds of Change magazine.