The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies is designed to provide students with necessary knowledge of the events, laws, policies, and treaties that have defined the relationship between the United States and Indigenous Nations and Peoples. This knowledge is essential to analysis of a broad range of historical, political, religious, and social issues in the U.S.
The program will provide students with a solid grounding in the histories and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of North America. The certificate program enables students to integrate knowledge of Indigenous issues into their own academic disciplines or professional training.
Completion of the certificate in Indigenous Studies represents an additional credential for graduate students from a variety of academic fields who are preparing for careers in research and teaching or professional practice. The certificate also will enhance the qualifications of students seeking careers with Indigenous organizations, government, and museums, among many other options.
Enrollment in the program is open to students admitted to a regular KU graduate program as well as students who are not currently enrolled at KU.
The Indigenous Studies Graduate Certificate requires 12 hours of coursework:
- ISP 800: Indigenous Issues in the United States (3 hrs.)
- 9 hours of graduate-level coursework with 50% or more content in Indigenous Peoples; courses must be approved by the ISP Executive Committee.
Application and Admissions Procedure
Current graduate students wishing to enroll in the Graduate Certificate program will need to apply through the Graduate School. The application process entails completing the online application, paying a $30 application fee, and submitting materials required for the Indigenous Studies Certificate:
- A letter stating your interest in Indigenous Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study;
- A current advising report;
- A letter of support from your graduate degree program.
A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.
Students who are not currently enrolled at KU must complete an application to the Graduate School for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:
- A letter stating your interest in the Indigenous Studies Graduate Certificate program;
- A copy of your college transcript;
- Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work or potential for graduate study.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA. The GPA requirement may be waived at the discretion of the ISP Director.
Student Eligibility and Administration of the Program
Eligibility criteria for admission to the certificate program include a B.A. degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Students admitted to the certificate program may be enrolled either as a regular graduate student or admitted to the Graduate School as a certificate-seeking student.
Students must maintain grade-point averages of 3.0 or better in all courses taken to satisfy requirements of the Indigenous Studies Certificate. At the conclusion of the program, the student should ask the Indigenous Studies program to verify that the requirements for the certificate have been met.
The total credit hours earned from a certificate and transferred into a graduate degree program cannot exceed six hours. Eight hours can be permitted if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU.
Student records will be handled by the department's graduate academic advisor.
Awarding of certificates will be handled consistent with guidelines and timing of degree awards of the Graduate School.
Completion of the program will appear on the graduate transcript.