Native American Studies, M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours (Thesis): 33

Minimum Total Hours (Non-Thesis): 33

Program Code: M740 (Online: M741)

Required Courses

Thesis Option

NAS Core Requirements
NAS 5063Critical Indigenous Theory3
Choose one of the following:3
Indigenous Research Methods
American Indian Law Review
and Directed Legal Research (2 hours)
NAS 5043Sovereignty, Law, and Policy3
or LAW 5610 Federal Indian Law
Thematic Area of Emphasis
Choose seven courses in one or more of the following: 121
Cultural Knowledge, Language, & History
Tribal Governance & Policy
Indigenous Media & Arts
Thesis
NAS 5980Research for Master's Thesis 23
Native Language Proficiency
Demonstrate proficiency in a Native American language or complete one introductory course (1000-level) in a Native language or the equivalent 3
Total Credit Hours33

Non-Thesis Option

NAS Core Requirements
NAS 5063Critical Indigenous Theory3
Choose one of the following:3
Indigenous Research Methods
American Indian Law Review
and Directed Legal Research (2 hours)
NAS 5043Sovereignty, Law, and Policy3
or LAW 5610 Federal Indian Law
Thematic Area of Emphasis
Choose eight courses in one or more of the following: 124
Cultural Knowledge, Language, & History
Tribal Governance & Policy
Indigenous Media & Arts
Comprehensive Exam
Student will complete comprehensive exam under the direction of the committee chair
Native Language Proficiency
Demonstrate proficiency in a Native American language or complete one introductory course (1000-level) in a Native language or the equivalent 2
Total Credit Hours33

Notes

  • To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework.
  • The dual Master of Arts in Native American Studies and Juris Doctorate program will require a total of 126 hours of coursework. Thirty-six hours are required for the M.A. and 90 hours are required for the JD. Twenty-four hours can be shared. The shared hours must come from the M.A. requirements.

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 30 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.