American Indian Nation Governance (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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Governance in American Indian communities is unique and complex, as is the ongoing relationship between Indian nations and nonnative governments. Increase your understanding of our world by learning more about the fascinating history and current state of Native American governance.

Program Description

In the American Indian nation governance certificate program, students develop knowledge about and insight into government and governance in Native American communities. The curriculum covers themes such as the history, policies and sovereign status of American Indians, and the legal relationships between the Native American nations and state governments as well as the U.S. federal government.

Program Requirements

The certificate in American Indian Nation governance requires completion of 15 credit hours (12 of which must be upper division and nine of which must be taken from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). Students complete six credit hours of American Indian studies and six credit hours of political science. An additional three credit hours are selected from the approved list of AIS and POS policy and applied courses, including an optional internship. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher for use in the certificate.
AIS Core Courses (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
POS Core Courses (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
AIS or POS Policy and Applied Course (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career Outlook

Graduates who combine the certificate in American Indian nation governance with their major program of study may increase their marketability to employers.

Those completing this certificate program are better prepared to work with Indian nations, federal and state agencies, and nonprofit organizations, regardless of their academic major or final career path.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Anthropologists and Archeologists

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 63940

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Conservation Scientists

  • Growth: 4.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64460


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

Water Resource Specialists

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: 144440
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Healthcare Social Workers

  • Growth: 9.6%
  • Median Salary*: 60280
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Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

  • Growth: 5.3%
  • Median Salary*: 50820
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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