Montana State University-Northern
College of Education, Arts & Sciences, and Nursing

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College of Education, Arts & Sciences and Nursing
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751

Cowan Hall 105A

Native American Studies Program
Explore Native American Issues and Culture to Build Civic Preparation

Click to view the Native American Studies Minor (NAS) videoThe Native American Studies program at MSU-Northern offers an interdisciplinary education that examines the cultures, history, literature, and politics of American Indians. A minor in Native American Studies is an excellent complement to Education, Community Leadership, History and Liberal Studies majors, and it offers strong preparation for a career that deals with Native American affairs.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of Native American communities, with a focus on issues both past and present.
  • Develop critical thinking, writing, and communication skills through interdisciplinary coursework and research.
Native American Studies Minor: Regional Focus. Analytical. Humanistic.
  • Enhance your liberal arts education with a course of study that promotes diversity and cross-cultural communication.
  • Develop your knowledge of the political, spiritual, and socioeconomic aspects of different Native American tribes in Montana and across the country.
  • Analyze social structures, problems, and human behaviors of Native Americans.
  • Understand how generalizations and inaccuracies perpetuate prejudice that has negatively affected Native American life.
  • Learn in small classes that foster discussion and encourage student development.
Native American Studies Faculty: Dedicated Scholars. Skilled Educators.
  • Professors in the Native American Studies Program promote healthy classroom debate for successful learning.
  • Instructors take a holistic approach to evaluating student performance by looking at written assignments, class participation, and written examinations.
Native American Studies Courses: Relevant. Challenging.

Cultural Understanding – Courses include topics in Native American language, philosophy, history, culture, and politics.

Multiple Tribal Studies – Gain the opportunity to explore issues pertaining to Montana Indians as well as tribes from other regions.

Historical and Contemporary Issues – Cover historical topics and contemporary issues for coursework that is relevant and well grounded through the Native American Studies program.

Career Outlook for Native American Studies Minors

A minor in Native American Studies complements a variety of different majors and is valuable for students who plan to work in Montana, where there is a large population of Native Americans. MSU-Northern graduates with an NAS minor have been hired by local Native American governments to fill professional positions necessary for tribal success. Other graduates go on to pursue related careers in education, social work, museum curating, community outreach, and law.


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   Office: Cowan Hall 306E
   Phone: (406) 265-3595