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What is Native American and Indigenous Studies?
Why Native American and Indigenous Studies?
What Will I Learn & Where Can I Go?
The NAIS interdisciplinary major has two tracks: a conventional track and a language track. Both tracks require a minimum of 56 credits, at least 28 of which must be taken in residence at the UO, the same core coursework and distribution requirements, and 1 year of Indigenous language instruction. The language track includes a 2nd year of Indigenous language instruction.
All courses counting toward the major must be taken for letter grades and completed with grades of C or higher.
At least one upper-division course must be taken from Group 3: Literature, Media, and the Arts.
The Native American and Indigenous Studies minor compliments numerous other fields of study and provides access to ways of knowing and living that are part of the heritage and future of this state, and this nation.
The interdisciplinary minor requires a minimum of 28 credits, with at least 16 of those being upper-division credits. All courses counting toward the minor must be taken for letter grades and completed with grades of C or higher.
Students must fulfill distribution requirements, taking at least one class each from the following groups:
Group I: Culture, Language, and Education
Group II: Law, Policy, Governance, and History
Group III: Literature, Media, and the Arts
Resources and Programs for
NAIS Academic Partners
The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.
In following the Indigenous protocol of acknowledging the original people of the land we occupy, we also extend our respect to the nine federally recognized Indigenous nations of Oregon: the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes. We express our respect to the many more tribes who have ancestral connections to this territory, as well as to all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home. Hayu masi.
- Congratulations to NAIS colleague, friend, and relative Theresa J. May on being awarded promotion to full professor AND being honored with the Thomas F. Herman Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching!
- UO Conducting Four-Position Search Across Five Units in Native American and Indigenous Studies: Indigenous Pacific Islander Studies, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies; Archaeology of the US West/Cultural and Heritage Resource Management, Department of Anthropology; Indigenous Environmental Studies, Departments of English and the Program in Environmental Studies; and the Beekman Endowed Professorship in the History of the American West, Department of History. Read More Here!