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. We also offer an undergraduate minor in Indigenous Studies.

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 multidisciplinary 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; Indigenous literature; ethnobotany; Indigenous peoples' cultural survival and political activism; American Indian tribal governments; Indigenous geographies; 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 portfolio 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.


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Kim Shuck Reading, Murdered Missing
Saturday, August 17 | 3 p.m.
Haskell Indian Nations University Library, 2450 Creek
Lawrence, KS 66046
Poet Laureate of San Francisco and Cherokee Nation citizen Kim Shuck will read from her new book Murdered Missing and speak on "Making Poems as Ceremony".

Haskell Indian Art Market
Saturday, September 7 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, September 8 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Haskell Powwow Grounds, 1 W. Perimeter Rd.
Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS
Entertainment both days at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Free admission and parking. Open to the public.
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Haskell Fall Welcome Back Powwow
Saturday, September 7 | Grand entry at 6 p.m.
Haskell Indian Nations University Stadium
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We-Ta-Se 25th Annual Veteran's Powwow
Saturday, September 28 | Grand entries at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Traditional supper at 4:30 p.m.
Prairie Peoples' Park, 154th and M Road
Mayetta, KS
All veterans welcome. Free and open to the public.

"Sovereignty of the Soul: Centering the Voices of Native Women" Lecture by Sarah Deer
Tuesday, October 1 | 7:30 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
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Part of the Humanities Lecture Series

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