Recent students of the American Indian Studies Department have gone onto graduate studies in such fields as law, linguistics, literature, and documentary filmmaking. The department’s interdisciplinary approach provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in the humanities, social sciences, and other areas. Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees are encouraged to contact Elissa Washuta, academic counselor, to discuss degree planning and possible coursework required in preparation for graduate school applications.
Some institutions offer the opportunity to continue the study of indigenous peoples at the graduate level. A list of these programs has been compiled by Robert M. Nelson.
The Department of Communication and the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Washington offers a graduate degree program in documentary filmmaking. Native Voices offers students the opportunity to explore documentary from an Indigenous perspective, and to produce programs that speak to critical personal, social, and political issues in their lives.
Native Voices provides students a framework in which they develop professional media projects in conjunction with Indigenous theories and methodologies. Native Voices encourages applications by individuals from diverse interests and backgrounds.
Native Voices has been working with Indigenous students and producers for more than 15 years. Documentaries produced by students in our program have won awards and been screened at Sundance, the American Indian Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Modern Art, and many other venues. Our students’ films are used in Indigenous education throughout the world.
Around the Region
Several Northwest institutions offer graduate degrees in indigenous studies and tribal governance:
- The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington: Master of Public Administration in Tribal Governance
- University of Alaska Fairbanks: Master of Arts in Rural Development
- University of Northern British Columbia: Master of Arts in First Nations Studies
- University of Victoria: Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance, Doctorate of Philosophy