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The Native American Studies program provides opportunities for St. Scholastica students to study history, contemporary developments, tribal cultures and to interact with Indian professionals and peers. 

Native American Studies offers a 20-credit minor designed to complement programs in a variety of different majors.

Program Outcomes:

Knowledge of Native American contributions to our social, political, economic and scientific development will enable students to develop a broader view and a deeper appreciation of our national heritage.

The objectives of the minor are:

  • To promote an awareness and understanding of the history, culture and philosophy of Native Americans
  • To recognize the different life experiences of Native Americans
  • To improve students' abilities to integrate this knowledge into their future professional careers

Minor: NAS 2201, HIS 2201, and 3301 (RES/PHL 3301).
Select one course from either 2203 or 2204 (ART 2204); and one course from 3308, 3320 or 4401. One additional course is needed to complete the minor. Students may petition Native American Studies to take alternative elective courses.

All students, both Indian and non-Indian, are encouraged to select courses as electives from the core courses. Students may also select courses to fulfill the curricular area distribution requirements.

Career Outlook

Native American Studies graduates are currently employed in a variety of fields. including:

  • 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 and Indian health service
  • Social work — reservation, school and county social services

Financial Aid

The Indian Scholarship Program is offered by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, often in cooperation with state education departments, for individuals of Native American 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 be eligible to apply for the following financial aid:

  • Minnesota State Grant
  • College Work Study
  • State Indian Scholarship
  • Tribal Scholarship
  • Campus Scholarship

Formats and Locations

The minor in Native American Studies is offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus.

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Jennifer Niemi, Program Director
Native American Studies 

Tower Hall, Room T4109

(218) 723-5948