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Native American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #401 (ARWU) Norman, OK, United States
The Department of Native American Studies from University of Oklahoma attracts and serves students of diverse backgrounds and academic interests who are committed to using distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study. 
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Overview

The Native American Studies curriculum from University of Oklahoma is, at the same time, focused and flexible.  We currently support intensive study in three interrelated areas of emphasis that are interdisciplinary in nature.  Students work closely with faculty to combine areas of emphasis according to their own scholarly and professional goals.  The areas of emphasis include:

  • Tribal Governance and Policy
  • Indigenous Media and Arts
  • Language, History, and Cultural Knowledge

Star Quilt as Symbol and Vision

Native American quilts are a powerful example of the ways that Native peoples have taken practices of cultural dispossession (quilting in Indian boarding schools) and turned them into practices of cultural sovereignty. The star quilt, historically associated with the Sioux, has become a Pan-Indian symbol.  

It can be used as a gift of honor, an object of art and beauty, or a practical item of warmth and comfort.  Like the star quilt referenced here, Native American Studies at OU will be pieced together by many hands; will be used by many for many purposes; will be vibrant, diverse, and complex; and will be symbolic of cultural tradition, cultural change, and cultural sovereignty.

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate major and minor in Native American Studies uses distinctly Native American perspectives to place the sovereignty of Native nations and the cultures of Native peoples at the center of academic study. In addition to core classes in Indigenous theory and research methods, the Native American Studies curriculum currently supports intensive study in three interrelated areas of emphasis that are synthetic and interdisciplinary in nature: Tribal Governance and Policy; Indigenous Media and Arts; and Language, History, and Cultural Knowledges.

 The curriculum is, at the same time, focused and flexible. Students are encouraged to combine areas of emphasis according to their own scholarly and professional goals.

NAS alumni have distinguished themselves in a wide range of careers some of which include: tribal government, law, health policy, filmmaking and media, historic preservation, language revitalization, an education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Sovereignty
  • NAS Internship
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Capstone
  • Critical Indigenous Theory
  • Principles of English Composition

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit either the OU Application, Common Application, or Coalition Application. This includes a $40, non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants.
  • Official high school transcript that reflects at least six semesters of work completed and includes your GPA computed on an unweighted 4.0 scale and your class rank
  • Official test scores to us through ACT and/or The College Board. Your test scores may also be included on your official high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official copies of any AP or CLEP test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27727 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27727 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Norman

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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