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Students in St. Scholastica’s Native American Studies program are immersed in Native American history, tribal cultures, philosophy and modern-day developments. They will learn about Native Americans’ profound contributions to our shared social, political, economic and scientific development.

Faculty involved in this unique program not only teach, but also advise students and serve in administrative posts. St. Scholastica’s Native Studies Center has a full-time director, Native student recruitment/success specialist and Ojibwe language instructor.

Students also have the opportunity to join the Native American Student Alliance to get more involved with Native events and outreach.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Minor: 20 credits

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Coursework

NAS 2201 – American Indian History I

Political, economic, social and cultural development of the American Indian from precontact through conquest.

NAS 2203 – American Indian Literature

Organized chronologically as a survey of 20th and 21st century Native American Literature. Classes focus on the historical, political, and social conditions that produce and shape Native American literature and examines how that literature fits into the canon of American literature.

NAS 2204 – American Indian Art and Music

Meaning and development of American Indian art forms. Expressions in symbolic form of Indian philosophy and religion are presented. A study of the traditional and contemporary forms of American Indian music including local and alternative music is included.

NAS 3308 – Ojibwe History

History and culture of the Ojibwe people.

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

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.