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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 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

An Ideal Complement to Any Major

Students seeking a Minor in Native American Studies at MSU Denver complete 21 semester hours (7 courses) in the Department of Political Science. 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. 

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

  • Political Science Major with Secondary Education Social Studies Endorsement
  • Minor in Political Science
  • Minor in Public Affairs and Administration
  • Minor in Native American Studies
  • Minor in Leadership
  • Minor in Legal Studies

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