American Indian Nation Governance


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



Program Description

The American Indian nation governance certificate 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.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No





Program 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.

Enrollment Requirements

The requirements include course work in American Indian studies (AIS prefix courses) and political science (POS prefix courses), including an optional applied internship. Students majoring in any subject at the university may be awarded the certificate upon the 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). As noted below, six American Indian studies credits are required and six political science credits are required. The student must select an additional three credits from the approved list of AIS and POS courses.

AIS core courses: (choose two of the following)

AIS 180 Introduction to American Indian Studies, C (3)
AIS 380 Contemporary Issues of American Indian Nations, C (3)
AIS 470 Tribal Governance (3)

POS core courses: (choose two of the following)

POS 110 Government and Politics or POS 310 American National Government, SB (3)
POS 325 Public Policy Development, SB (3)
POS 346 Problems of Democracy, HU (3)
POS 368 Ethics and Human Rights (3)
POS 370 Law and Society, SB (3)
POS 439 Minority Group Politics in America, SB, C (3)

AIS or POS policy and applied courses: (choose one of the following)

AIS 280 American Indian Sovereignty and the Courts, H, C (3)
AIS 285 Federal Indian Policy, H, C (3)
AIS 394 Topic: Reservation Economic Development (3)
AIS 455 Human Rights and Cultural Resource Laws (3)
AIS 484/POS 484 Internship (3)
AIS 498 Pro-Seminar, L (3)

Students earning the certificate must have a minimum GPA of 2.00; only courses in which students have a grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) or better count toward the certificate.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisites courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.







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