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A certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies complements your education in the liberal arts & sciences by helping you to gain deeper insight into cultural diversity and its politics, both within the U.S. and on a global scale. NAIS coursework also offers numerous opportunities to gain enhanced skills in working with tribal communities, and communicating with public audiences about cultural diversity and social justice.

Undergraduate students at the University of Iowa have combined a certificate or minor in NAIS with diverse CLAS majors, including: Social Work, Math, Anthropology, History, Liberal Studies, Art, English, Geoscience; and premedical courses of study (including majors in Biology, Anthropology, Human Health & Physiology, etc.).  Many of our students have gone on to graduate study in Law, Public Health, Geography, Anthropology, History, Education, Medicine, Social Work, Museum Studies, and Public Administration.

Students earning a graduate-level NAIS certificate along with their PhDs at UI have successfully moved on to postdoctoral fellowships and tenure-track faculty positions.

NAIS training is relevant to careers in government, politics, social services, education, business, law, and law enforcement.  Employers that often seek candidates with NAIS experience include tribal government, health care, cultural heritage, and social service agencies; federal agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Land Management, Park Service, and Forestry Service; and both domestic and international non-profit organizations working in advocacy and community organizing to promote human rights, environmental justice, local food production, cultural preservation, and health.

Our colleagues at Montana State University have compiled a useful list of career areas and types of potential employers related to NAIS here.