Welcome to the Department of American Indian Studies

Our department is the home of American Indian and Indigenous knowledge at the University of Washington. We are a community of faculty, students, staff, and local partners engaged in the interdisciplinary study of Indigenous peoples with the collective goal of fostering Indigenous wellness, political sovereignty, cultural revitalization, and cross-cultural understanding.

Our research, teaching, and service emerges from and engages with the histories, psychological and social realities, expressive cultures, traditional land-based practices, and political status of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

The American Indian Studies Department offers a major in American Indian Studies, a minor in American Indian Studies, and a Master’s degree in Native American Documentary Film, Video, and New Digital Media in partnership with the Department of Communication.

With two new faculty members recently joining us and the opening of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House in March 2015, American Indian Studies at the University of Washington is beginning an exciting era of growth. Learn more about our department