Because of its relative newness, most colleges and universities around the country do not have programs in Native American Studies. For instance, elite institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton lack an academic presence in the discipline. With the creation of the Institute of Native American Studies (INAS), UGA signals its intention to be at the forefront of the development of the field. It joins well-established departments and programs at schools like Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Arizona, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Davis, the University of Kansas, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oklahoma, among others. UGA’s programs are the only ones of their kind in the Southeast United States.

Degree Awarded: CERT

The core of INAS’ instructional mission is its undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. These programs permit students to earn UGA degrees in any field, while earning a separate credential attesting to special expertise in Native American Studies. We believe that a certificated degree in Native American Studies is an ideal springboard for any number of future endeavors. Those who earn the certificate could work for Native nations or any number of public and private agencies that have dealings with Native Americans. Those with the graduate certificate could teach in their underlying discipline or in Native American Studies. Undergraduates could go on to graduate studies, either in Native American/American Indian Studies or in their major. A certificated degree in Native American Studies also makes an ideal foundation for going on to law school.

School/College: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732


Academic Department: Institute of Native American Studies

Peabody Hall
Athens, GA 30602-1625

Graduate Coordinator: Jace Weaver


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