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Graduate Certificate Programs

Native American Studies offers two graduate certificate programs that can be completed in one year.

Graduate Certificate in Native American Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Native American Studies was designed to place graduates of any discipline in high demand for employment in Indian Country.  Oklahoma's 39 Tribal Nations, combined, represent the third largest employer in the state; all state agencies, especially public schools, health systems, and the tourism industry, intersect directly with Tribal Nations.  

This certificate program might be especially attractive to students from the College of Education, College of Law, College of Fine Arts, College of Arts & Sciences (Departments of Sociology, English, Anthropology, History, and Political Science).  Many of these students have a research or curriculum focus on Native peoples in their respective MA and PhD programs. Many as well already take multiple classes within the Department of Native American Studies. 

What's required?

  • Three core courses (9 hours):
        NAS 5033: Indigenous Research Methods
        NAS 5043: Sovereignty, Law, and Policy
        NAS 5063: Critical Indigenous Theory

  • Two elective courses (6 hours):
    Students will work with NAS Graduate Liaison, Dr. Raymond Orr, to select appropriate elective courses.

How do I apply?
Visit the Graduate College for more information and to apply.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Raymond Orr, Department Chair and Graduate Liaison, at


Social Work with American Indians Graduate Certificate

The Social Work with American Indians Graduate Certificate is a collaborative program between the Department of Native American Studies and the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.

The objective of the 15 credit hour certificate is to empower OU graduate students with the specialized knowledge and training to work effectively with Indigenous populations in tribal and urban contexts across the United States with a specific focus on Oklahoma. Each of the three required courses (Social Work with American Indians, American Indian Wellness: Behavioral Health, and Tribal & U.S. Family/Child Welfare Policy) is grounded in a strengths-based, systemic perspective to address the disparities that face indigenous populations.

Questions can be directed to Lisa Byers at