AIS Careers + Alumni

Be an advocate every day

A formal education in American Indian Studies can prepare you for a career with government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses. A bachelor's degree might qualify you for a position as a teacher, reservation official or government employee. With an advanced degree, you may seek employment as a professor, museum curator, data analyst or lobbyist.

In a liberal arts context, most majors do not translate directly into a specific career path. Rather they give marketable skills that are important in a range of career paths and graduate programs.

An American Indian Studies degree will equip you with the following transferable skills:

  • strong written and oral communication skills
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • knowledge about human behavior and institutions 
  • cultural competency 
  • ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • capacity to analyze racial impacts of law and public policy
  • excellent research skills
  • team-building and group-centered leadership skills

During medical school, I continued to build on the connections and training I received through my education in the American Indian Studies Program at UWEC and have worked with the St. Croix Tribe of Chippewa as well as the Menominee Tribal Clinic.

Jasmine Wiley, '10 AIS major
Jenna Vater, '12 AIS and public history, at her workplace in Illinois.

Where an IAS degree can take you

When Jenna Vater came to UW-Eau Claire, she didn't really know what she wanted to do with her life, beyond the fuzzy idea of

One great career path

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Whether you are an alum, a community member, a native or a non-native supporter of American Indian Studies, we always appreciate any financial support for the program, which goes toward providing the immersion, internship, research and field study experiences that make this program so effective.

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Stay connected to campus


In addition to staying in touch with the faculty in AIS, who always want to hear from you and encourage your visits to AIS events, the Blugold Alumni Association offers many events and opportunities to stay connected to the larger campus community. Once a Blugold, always a Blugold!

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