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Master of Arts in Global Indigenous Nations Studies

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M.A. Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the M.A. in Global Indigenous Nations Studies must successfully complete a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours that reflect an approved area of specialization chosen in consultation with a faculty committee chaired by a faculty adviser in the program.

Core Curriculum

All GINS students must take the following required core courses (9 credit hours):

GINS 800 Research Methods and Indigenous Peoples 3
GINS 801 Indigenous Peoples of the World 3
GINS 803 Introduction to Indigenous Nations Graduate Studies 3

Core courses provide proficiency in graduate-level research and writing, knowledge of issues affecting Indigenous Peoples in different parts of the world, and specific methodologies relevant to conducting original scholarship and training concerning Indigenous Peoples in a global context.

In addition to the core cores, students must enroll in 9 credit hours of specialized electives and 9 credit hours of additional electives, all in courses at the graduate level (500 or above). Approved courses may be taken in different departments and programs, including English; history; geography; Latin American studies; women, gender and sexuality studies; East Asian languages and cultures; Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; African and African-American studies; museum studies; ecology and evolutionary biology; religious studies; political science; psychology; anthropology; and law. Some degree candidates may be required to undertake a supervised apprenticeship.

Thesis/Nonthesis Options

Students must complete a master’s thesis or (with special approval) a nonthesis master’s project and enroll in at least 3 credit hours to complete this requirement. Both the master’s thesis and the nonthesis master’s project consist of original research that the student completes under the supervision of a faculty committee. Students must defend their research in an oral master’s examination that tests them on relevant knowledge and their ability to explain the importance of their work in the context of the goals of the Global Indigenous Nations Studies Program.

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