• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The American Indian Studies program at South Dakota State University is committed to broadening the knowledge of students interested in the histories, languages, cultures, arts and contemporary situations of American Indian nations and people. 

The program emphasizes the historical and contemporary significance of American Indian experiences.  Graduates can seek advanced degrees in professional and graduate schools or careers in tribal, state or federal government levels, non-profit organizations, or community development.  The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Career Opportunities

  • Community and youth development leader
  • Tribal or government employee
  • Teacher (requires additional coursework)
  • Social worker
  • Lawyer (with additional education)

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to American Indian Studies
  •  Introductory Lakota
  •  History and Culture of the American Indian 
  • American Indian Literature 
  • American Indian Literature of Present
  • Formation of Federal Indian Policy 
  • Seminar 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    44

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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

  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work needs to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.

  • Minimum academic qualifications have been determined for education systems in most countries, yet some programs require higher scores for selective admission. All students should have an educational background in the core curriculum of: science, mathematics, social science/history and English to be considered for admission. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    372 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 372 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    256 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 256 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
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