48 months
21475 USD/year
20367 USD/year
17265 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Start date


The American Indian Studies program at Black Hills State University offers numerous courses across disciplines to help students fully understand the experiences of American Indians across the Northern Plains and the United States as a whole. 


In addition to promoting awareness of American Indian cultures, values, and social concerns, the Center for American Indian Studies also helps facilitate the academic programs for the American Indian Studies major and minor.

Students benefit from a multidisciplinary approach by taking courses cross-listed between American Indian Studies and English, Sociology, History, Political Science, and more.

The Center for American Indian Studies is a home away from home where students can study, participate in student organization meetings, relax with friends, and seek assistance from an advisor or tutor.

The American Indian Studies program at Black Hills State University prepares students to examine the world around them from a comparative perspective—students will learn how American Indian voices rise to challenge the dominant society’s viewpoints of indigenous cultures, histories and sovereignty.

South Dakota and the Black Hills themselves are rich in Native American history and culture, and a degree in American Indian Studies from BHSU will give you deep understanding of this dynamic and exciting world.

American Indian Studies graduates often find careers with tribal, state, and federal governments, as well as in education, cultural resource management and tourism.

The AIS Program at BHSU offers:

  • A diverse faculty, with knowledge about Native peoples from and around the country.
  • The opportunity to explore many challenging contemporary issues.
  • Many extra-curricular activities, such as the annual powwow.
  • A welcoming environment in the Center for American Indian Studies

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Indian Art History
  • Early American Indian History & Culture
  • Modern American Indian History & Culture
  • American Indian Government & Politics 
  • Issues in Contemporary Indian Life
  • Siouan Tribal Culture 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Complete the following high school courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra or higher level)
  • 3 years of laboratory science
  • 3 years of social science
  • 1 year of fine arts

Students must meet one of the following admissions requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6
  • Minimum composite ACT of 18 (SAT score of 970 or above)
  • Rank in the top 60% of high school class

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21475 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21475 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    20367 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20367 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    17265 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17265 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Spearfish

1144 - 1990 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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