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Native American Studies

University of South Dakota

48 months
12807 USD/year
12807 USD/year
9693 USD/year
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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.


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.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

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

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  • International

    12807 USD/year
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  • National

    12807 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12807 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    9693 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9693 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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