About Indigenous Studies at KU

Welcome to the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Kansas. We accept applications to the M.A. program and graduate certificate on a rolling basis. Visit the admission page for more information.

The Indigenous Studies Master’s degree program provides students with in-depth knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ complex and diverse cultures and histories, as well as their impacts on the global society.  Our multi-disciplinary program offers students the advantage of studying relevant issues from a wide range of academic perspectives. The expertise of our affiliate faculty members includes Native American history, including medical and legal aspects; indigenous literature; ethnobotany; Indigenous peoples' cultural survival and political activism; American Indian tribal governments; indigenous geographies and cartographic history; Native American religions; and much more.

Our Master’s program allows students to develop an area of specialization in which to build their expertise.  Students can choose either a thesis or non-thesis option to complete their degrees.  We also offer a joint degree with the Law School.  Students may graduate with both the J.D. and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies in three to four years, making it an ideal choice for students interested in tribal law.  With rolling admissions, our program offers the flexibility to apply at your convenience and to begin your studies either in the Fall or the Spring semester.

Empowered by the resources on campus and in our community, we strive to provide unique learning opportunities for our students that go beyond the classroom.  Please explore our website to learn more about what we have to offer, and feel free to contact us with questions.

Events At KU
Dec 01
Classes Resume
All day
Dec 02
Tourney Tuesday: FIFA
06:00 pm
Dec 03
Last Day of Classes
All day
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Local Events

The Plains Indians: Artists of Sky and Earth
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
September 19, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Across the Indian Country: Photographs by Alexander Gardner, 1867-68
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
July 25, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Edgar Heap of Birds
Full Story
November 13, 6:30 pm
Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS

In Conversation
Through the Plains: A Discussion on Gardner's Indian Country
Thursday, December 4 | 6–7 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium | $5 

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