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PhD Native American Studies

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

13242 USD
13242 USD

Application fee

International 110 USD
National 90 USD
Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)680

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About this course

Students gain advanced comparative, interdisciplinary and hemispheric knowledge of Native American Studies--history; religion; philosophy; government; politics; society; art; music; women and gender studies; literature; environmental studies; and language and linguistics, as well as indigenous community development for autonomy and sovereignty; colonialism, racism and self-determination; and ethnohistory. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching in Native American Studies or related disciplines; or for careers in tribal administration and education in museums and cultural centers, community development, and public policy.

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Eligibility Criteria

A bachelor’s degree and master's degree from an accredited institution. International applicants must
meet an equivalent minimal level of study. 

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Course Modules

Core Courses (12 units):

  • NAS 200 (4): Basic Concepts in NAS
  • NAS 220 (4): Colonialism, Racism, and Self-Determination
  • NAS 280 (4): Ethnohistory

Electives, please choose courses from the following list:

  • NAS 202 (4): Advanced Topics in NAS
  • NAS 207 (4) Leadership Skills and Strategies in California Language Documentation & Revitalization
  • NAS 212 (4): Indigenous Community Development for Autonomy
  • NAS 213 (4) Native Criminality and Deviance
  • NAS 217 (4) Public Law 83-280: Colonial Termination
  • NAS 224 (4) Performance in the Americas
  • NAS 233 (4) Visual Sovereignty
  • NAS 237 (4) Native American Art Collections and Museums
  • NAS 240 (4) Native American Public Health: Topics and Issues
  • NAS 250 (4). Indigenous Critique of Classic Maya Ethnographies
  • Any other 200-level, graded NAS course that may be developed in the future.

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How to Apply

UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
It is highly recommended that applicants take the General GRE no later than December. 

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required to complete the application for admission. Letters may be from professors, employers or others who have knowledge of the applicant's academic qualifications or personal characteristics.  All Recommendation Letters MUST be submitted electronically via the UC Davis Application system.

TOEFL Scores

The minimum scores required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis are:

550 on the TOEFL paper-based test (PBT), or
80 on the TOEFL internet-based test (iBT)
TOEFL scores expire after two years. Scores that are older than two years will not be accepted by UC Davis.

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