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American Indian Studies Certificate (UW Colleges)

Interdisciplinary Studies

The American Indian Studies program is interdisciplinary, exploring a plethora of issues surrounding American Indians past and present. It is particularly concerned with increasing the level of knowledge and consciousness of Wisconsin Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty, as required by the Wisconsin Legislature's 1989 Act 31.

A certificate in American Indian Studies provides a student the opportunity to explore in depth the history, culture, and sovereignty of Wisconsin and American Indians. It will prepare future teachers to meet the requirements of Act 31 as well as those who wish to pursue a minor or major in American Indian Studies or Ethnic Studies at other UW institutions.


To qualify for an AIS certificate, a student completes 15 credits from the list of AIS-related courses identified below, passing each with a C or better. Up to three credits can be transferred from institutions outside the UW Colleges.

Course Categories

  • AIS Course – a course with a substantive amount of AIS content.
    • AIS 101 – required (3 credits)
    • Two AIS cross-listed courses (6 credits)
  • General – a course that is designated ES with at least 20% AIS content.
    • 2 courses that are ES with at least 20% AIS content (6 credits)
  • Total Credits – 15 credits

Degree-Granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Colleges

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