Academics at Fort Lewis College

Native American & Indigenous Studies

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Native American & Indigenous Studies majors get active with complex concepts. You will engage with the historical, political, social, and on-going experiences of indigenous peoples around the world. You can intern with indigenous organizations in the Four Corners region as well as your own community. And by graduation, you will have the ability to contribute to fields such as tribal government, health care, education, business, media, and environmental sustainability.

Opportunities

  • Small classes - Students are provided with close attention from faculty, assuring the individualized attention needed for academic success.
  • Internships - We have developed internship opportunities with local government and tribal agencies, schools, businesses, and national offices serving indigenous peoples. You can also participate in summer internships with businesses and agencies in your community. Past internships include:
    • Designing materials for a diabetes prevention program
    • Completing teaching certification at FLC
    • Working in the regional office of a Colorado congressman
    • Working with a tribal newspaper or radio station
    • Serving as an aid to a tribal council member
  • Native American Center - You will have full access to the on-campus Native American Center and its resources. You will also be able to shape and participate in various programs and events, including the Hozhoni Days Powwow, FLC’s longest-running annual tradition.

Beyond the Degree

Once you graduate, you are qualified for any related graduate program. Several recent graduates attend Research-One universities to obtain their graduate or law degrees.

Earning this degree also leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Business
  • Community development & organization
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Education
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Filmmaking
  • Genealogy
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Indian law
  • Museum curation
  • Social work
  • Tribal governance

For any career, this degree establishes your critical thinking, researching, and writing abilities. You will gain demonstrable skills in information synthesis, critical analysis, communication, community engagement, and practical teamwork.

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