AIS Explore Opportunities

Get out of the classroom

What students in our American Indian Studies program quickly learn is that the bulk of the "real learning" happens outside of the classroom. Cultural studies like AIS are about people — their history, their culture, perhaps their language — and understanding all that in meaningful and applicable ways. That can't happen within the walls of our campus classrooms.

Our AIS students will interact with American Indian communities and tribal members throughout the program. These interactions will come in the form of field trips in connection to coursework, internships, immersion programs or research projects offered through the cultural immersion programs office, campus events, and student organization related programs.

The most amazing thing to see, in my opinion, was the people we worked with sharing their stories with us. They not only shared the hardships of living on the Pine Ridge Reservation, but they shared their culture with us as well.

Taylor Younkle, AIS major
Student experience through AIS
Savannah Rigert, AIS and social work major, intern at LCO Child Welfare.

Working to keep families together

Senior American Indian Studies and social work major Savannah Rigert is completing an internships on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in Sawyer County of northern Wisconsin, working make it possible to keep children and families together.

Saving lost heritage
Students on the Pine Ridge immersion trip at the Wounded Knee Memorial

Immersion is key to AIS

A central element to the American Indian Studies program is extensive opportunities for cultural immersion, at local, regional, and national levels.

Absorb culture first-hand
We want to hear from you

Please enter your name

Please enter a valid email address

Please enter a valid phone number

Please enter a message