About the Native American Studies Department

There are more than 560 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Twenty-nine of these tribes are in Washington State, and five tribes are within a two-hour drive of Gonzaga.

Native American Studies at Gonzaga is built upon the study of Native American sovereignty—the inherent right of tribes to self-govern and to advance cultural and political priorities in accordance with tribal values. Native Americans and Native communities share many common historical values and contemporary priorities, but there is no single ‘Native American perspective.’

How might I use a Native American Studies minor? What kinds of employers will be interested in a Native American Studies minor?

Tribes are vibrant political, economic, and social entities. They need partners who understand tribal priorities. Your Native American Studies minor identifies you as just such a partner.

Tribes need these professionals and many more

  • Cultural Preservation Officers
  • Museum Specialists
  • Archivists
  • Historians
  • Accountants
  • Financial Managers
  • Investment Bankers
  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Healthcare Administrators
  • Youth and Elder Care Specialists
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Biologists
  • Water Quality Experts
  • Natural Resource Managers