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The Native American Studies program was developed to provide an area of study that is inclusive of an indigenous perspective. The program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Native Americans with specific focus in history, culture, politics and other important issues. Courses in Native American Studies may be taken to satisfy the requirements for a minor, or to meet the needs of the student’s educational interests. Many of the courses also fulfill a multicultural requirement.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Political Science, the home of the Native American Studies minor, delivers all the academic content you expect while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and Denver’s political community. Students here have the advantage of the following unique opportunities:

• Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse downtown campus that’s located only minutes from the Colorado Capitol Building.

• Benefit from small classes, extensive interaction with faculty dedicated to your success and the convenience of evening course options.

• An interdisciplinary approach and faculty from a wide range of perspectives who engage students in meaningful classroom experiences.

• Guest speakers and community interactions which build upon the knowledge gained in the classroom.

An Ideal Complement to Any Major

The minor provides an ideal complement to a variety of majors, from those seeking a greater cultural competence, to majors in fields devoted to dealing with issues especially prevalent in Native American communities, and any student seeking to understand the historic and contemporary state of Native American peoples.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Earning a minor in Native American Studies from MSU Denver prepares students for further graduate studies or for careers in public and private sectors including state, local and federal and tribal governments and their agencies; public policy; law; business and journalism.

Hear from our students:

“With graduation and law school around the corner, I can’t thank you [the faculty] enough ... you’ve always had so much faith in me that it’s pushed me to become a better me.”

—Jennifer Rystrom (BA in political science ’14)


The Department of Political Science offers the following unique opportunities:

• Benefit from small classes, extensive interaction with faculty dedicated to your success and the convenience of evening course options.

• Participate in a variety of special activities, including prelaw advising and an educational summer program in Washington, D.C.

• Join MSU Denver student chapters of the National Political Science Honor Society (???) and the Political Science Association.

• Learn and work in the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, a nonpartisan educational project that gives international visibility to MSU Denver.

• Get involved in co-curricular projects sponsored by the department, such as the Model Arab League and the Model United Nations.

• Intern with various organizations that can serve as steppingstones to employment and jumpstart your professional career. 

Sample Classes

  • Introduction to Native American Studies

  • Native American Politics

  • Native American Law

  • Archaeology of North American

  • Ancient American Civilizations

  • Multiculturalism and American Art

  • Native American History

  • Land Use, Culture and Conflict

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