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Educational Programs

American Indian Studies


Program description

The American Indian Studies certificate is an ideal stepping-stone for students interested in a four-year program in American Indian Studies. The program offers a concentrated study of the historical and contemporary issues of Native American peoples and cultures, with emphasis on Native Americans in Minnesota.

Program start and location

You may begin in the Fall or the Spring. Classes take place on MCTC’s main campus.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

What you will learn

  • You will gain a background in Native American History.
  • You will have the opportunity to study traditional and contemporary literature and art.
  • You may choose courses learning Ojibwe and/or the Dakota language.
  • You will learn about contemporary issues that face Native Americans in contemporary society, in both rural and urban areas.

Points of pride

  • MCTC’s faculty are extremely knowledgeable and small class sizes offer you an opportunity for in-depth discussions and one-on-one attention.
  • MCTC’s location is near one of the largest urban American Indian populations in the country, where many American Indian organizations are located.
  • MCTC’s unique program offers affordable classes that can be transferred to a four year college or university.

Where you could work

  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Social service centers
  • Advocacy groups
  • Cultural resource organizations

Potential job titles

  • Community Development Worker
  • Family Service Specialist
  • Race Relations Specialist
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  • Government Planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Museum Curator
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Occupational outlook

A certificate in American Indian Studies provides a foundation for many different career paths. Whether you choose to continue your studies at a four-year college or decide to enter a profession working in the Native American Community, courses at MCTC will give you excellent training that will increase your success.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

You may join UNITE—United Nations of Indian Tribes for Education, which promotes cultural awareness of the American Indian people and supports all diverse groups within MCTC's surrounding communities. There are also opportunities to volunteer or do an internship with the numerous Native American organizations located in the Twin Cities.


This program is part of the School of Liberal Arts and Cultures.

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MCTC's Liberal Arts and General Education courses and programs are ideal for satisfying requirements and for transferring to other four-year institutions.

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