Online Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies

Make a Positive Impact on Tribal Communities

Empowering Students to Transform Our World.

East Central University’s online B.A. in Native American Studies gives you the tools, training and experience to engage with the needs and cultural affairs of Native American communities. Our distinguished faculty have academic and applied social science expertise in a wide range of fields and emphasize collaboration, providing an online learning experience with the same value and rigor as an on-campus program.

We deliver the coursework in a 100% online format, and you can choose between full- and part-time scheduling for your program. Additionally, you will complete a field internship in various capacities, such as cultural preservation, environmental work, tribal business, legislation and humanities.

With ECU Online, you can earn your degree at a highly competitive tuition rate and transfer up to 94 credits to finish the program in as few as two years. Fill out the form to learn more today.

Flexible Online Coursework

Local and Regional Tribal Partnerships

Immersive, Real-World Experience

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A Comprehensive Curriculum

Our faculty members have built longstanding relationships with local and regional tribal communities so that you can gain deep insights into their cultural affairs and current issues. The program features interdisciplinary coursework, an internship opportunity and collaborative partnerships with the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, expanding your skills through real-world career preparation. The online courses include:

Five Southeastern Tribes

Engage in a study of the Five Southeastern tribes from pre-Columbian contact to the present, focusing on life, culture and history.

Tribal Politics

Participate in a survey of tribal government and politics in the U.S., with an emphasis on relationships among tribal, local, state and federal governments.

Research in Native American Studies

Complete a research project on a Native American studies issue and develop a written and oral presentation of your work.

Continue Your Education in a Flexible Format

ECU’s online programs offer the ultimate flexibility. You will take classes in a format that allows you to advance your education and continue meeting your work and life commitments. In addition to convenience, you will benefit from rigorous academics and rewarding options for engaging classmates.

Prepare for a Wide Range of Rewarding Careers

The B.A. in Native American Studies degree prepares you to work for or with indigenous communities by understanding communities and individuals in cultural, historical, social and political contexts. After earning your bachelor’s degree, you can continue your education at the graduate level or follow a career path that interests you.

Potential Career Paths for Graduates

  1. Public relations
  2. Museum and archival work
  3. Social services
  4. Journalism
  5. Grant writing
  6. Law and politics
  7. Education
  8. Tribal leadership

In 1909, East Central University was established in eastern Oklahoma to provide teacher certification training. Since then, ECU has grown considerably and now offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees. As the alma mater of business leaders, elected officials, artists, scientists and astronauts, ECU continues to provide innovative learning experiences on campus and online.

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