About Indigenous Studies at KU

Welcome to the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Kansas. We accept applications to the M.A. program and graduate certificate on a rolling basis. Visit the admission page for more information.

The Indigenous Studies Master’s degree program provides students with in-depth knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ complex and diverse cultures and histories, as well as their impacts on the global society.  Our multi-disciplinary program offers students the advantage of studying relevant issues from a wide range of academic perspectives. The expertise of our affiliate faculty members includes Native American history, including medical and legal aspects; indigenous literature; ethnobotany; Indigenous peoples' cultural survival and political activism; American Indian tribal governments; indigenous geographies and cartographic history; Native American religions; and much more.

Our Master’s program allows students to develop an area of specialization in which to build their expertise.  Students can choose either a thesis or non-thesis option to complete their degrees.  We also offer a joint degree with the Law School.  Students may graduate with both the J.D. and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies in three to four years, making it an ideal choice for students interested in tribal law.  With rolling admissions, our program offers the flexibility to apply at your convenience and to begin your studies either in the Fall or the Spring semester.

Empowered by the resources on campus and in our community, we strive to provide unique learning opportunities for our students that go beyond the classroom.  Please explore our website to learn more about what we have to offer, and feel free to contact us with questions.

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Deadline approaching fast! Southwest Tribal Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Scholarship Opportunity - Fall 2014 The Southwest Tribal Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) Program is administered by the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board and is part of a national initiative established in partnership with the Indian Health Service and the National Institutes of Health. A major goal of the NARCH initiative is to increase the number and capacity of AI/AN professionals in the health field. The Southwest Tribal Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) will award scholarships for Fall 2014. Eligibility: • Applicant must be an enrolled member in a federally recognized tribe. • Applicant should be accepted in a health-related graduate degree program. • Preference will be given to members of tribes in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. The deadline to apply is August 22, 2014. For more information, please go to the website: http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102707121272-668/Fall+2014+NARCH+scholarship+brochure.pdf
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