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The Institute of Native American Studies is a vibrant community of two dozen scholars, including six Native faculty, in addition to our graduate and undergraduate students.  Institutes at UGA, just like departments, have three functions: teaching, programming and research. Central to our mission are our undergraduate and graduate certificates in Native American Studies.  When we were designing our programs, we decided to go with certificates rather than majors or degrees because we felt it gave our students greater flexibility.  By getting a degree in a “traditional discipline” and a separate credential demonstrating their expertise in Native American Studies, undergraduates can go on to graduate studies in either their core discipline or in Native American Studies.  Graduate students can seek jobs in their core discipline or in Native American Studies.  


Students participating Ossabaw Island Acraeological Field School
Students participating in Archaeological Field School at Ossabaw Island



The rigorous, interdisciplinary training I received as a graduate student at the Institute of Native American Studies put me at the very heart of the critical debates in Indigenous law and policy, culture and religion, history and politics.

Program Information and Resources

Certificates in Native American Studies

An overview of all of the certificates offered in Native 
American Studies.

Undergraduate Certificate

Learn more about the Undergraduate Certificate requirements in Native American Studies.

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Certificate

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate and its requirements in Native American Studies.

Graduate Courses

Field Courses

Learn more about field courses we offer.


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