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Native American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Vermillion, SD, United States
The Native American Studies program at the University of South Dakota grounding you in the fundamentals of the discipline and preparing you for the challenges that are unique to Native Peoples and Native Country.
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The program provides an intellectual environment where teaching and research are based on the priorities and knowledge of South Dakota's Native communities. Your experience is grounded within the fabric of South Dakota, the whole of North America and the global indigenous experience.

Native American studies promote sound academic preparation in the classroom but also expects its faculty and students to interact with and conduct research for Native governments, Native-based community organizations, and other organizations that serve Native Country. Additionally, the program emphasizes the continued effort of the university to establish respectful partnerships with Native nations at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Program Overview

The Native American Studies program at the University of South Dakota prepares you to work effectively with and within tribal communities to establish mutually beneficial cross-cultural relationships. The program gives you the education, research, and experience to prepare for living and working in a multicultural world.

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 include:
  • Introductory Lakota
  • Intro to Native American Studies
  • Theory and Methodology
  • Federal Indian Policy
  • Contemporary Issues in Native American Studies
  • Intermediate Lakota
  • Lakota Culture and Traditions
  • Lakota Governance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.6 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

  • Official high school (secondary school) transcript with grade point average equivalent to 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the following.
  • ACT English 18+ OR SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 500+
  • International students who graduated from an U.S. high school may be eligible to have the English proficiency requirement waived if they have a 2.6 or higher GPA (grade point average) and an official ACT or an SAT test score.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12807 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12807 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    12807 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12807 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9693 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9693 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vermillion

  • 1024 - 1790 USD/month
    Living Costs

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