Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma
Since 1994, a vibrant and growing Native American Studies program has attracted and served students of diverse backgrounds and academic interests who are committed to using distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study. The Native American Studies curriculum currently supports intensive study in three interrelated areas of emphasis that are synthetic and interdisciplinary in nature: Tribal Governance and Policy; Indigenous Media and Arts; and Language, History, and Cultural Knowledges. The curriculum is, at the same time, focused and flexible. Students are encouraged to combine areas of emphasis according to their own scholarly and professional goals. BA and MA degrees are awarded through Native American Studies. In addition, students may pursue a joint MA/JD in Native American Studies and Law as well as a graduate certificate in American Indian Social Work. In the past twenty years, Native American Studies has awarded over 200 degrees; NAS alumni have distinguished themselves in a wide range of careers some of which include: tribal government, law, health policy, filmmaking and media, historic preservation, language revitalization, an education. In 2015, Native American Studies was elevated from a program to a fully-fledged department.
About The University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City in Norman, is the flagship comprehensive university in the state. Oklahoma is home to 39 tribal nations, each of which has a distinctive culture, history, and government. OU is ideally situated to serve the educational needs of Native and non-Native students, providing a place for students to deepen their understanding of the unique political status of tribes and to examine the contemporary tribal issues, as well as tribal cultures and histories. OU is home to many significant Native resources including the Western History Collection, the Fred Jones Art Museum, the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, the OU College of Law and American Indian Law Review, the Native American Language Program, the American Indian Institute, and the Jacobson House Art Center.