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Master of Arts in Indigenous Studies

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M.A. Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the M.A. in Indigenous 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 students must take the following required core courses (9 credit hours):

IPS 800 Research Methods and Indigenous Peoples 3
3-hour graduate-level course in the history of indigenous peoples of North America: e.g., ISP 504/HIST 510: Roots of Federal Indian Policy, or HIST 801: Graduate Colloquium in Indigenous Peoples of North America. 3
3-hour graduate-level course with 50% or more content in Indigenous Peoples that has been approved by the Executive Committee, offered by certain departments such as English, History, and Humanities & Western Civilization. 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.

Plan A: Nonthesis Options

  • 12 hours in an approved track (area of specialization) in another department or program with content relevant to the field of indigenous studies.
  • 9 hours of electives.
  • An M.A. examination: an oral examination in which the candidate defends his or her portfolio, which will be composed of the student's entire body of work completed in courses counted for the degree.

Plan B: Thesis Options

  • 12 hours in an approved track (area of specialization) in another department or program with content relevant to the field of indigenous studies.
  • 6 hours of electives.
  • 3 hours of thesis on an approved subject with an oral defense.

 

 

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