The American Indian Studies Program (AIS), with assistance from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), is offering an academic Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the administration and management of American Indian natural resources. To obtain the Certificate, students must complete a 12-unit program of study that includes core and thematic courses. The program is designed for students to begin in the fall and complete in one to two academic years. Students will be able to complete the Certificate in conjunction with a graduate or professional degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.
The goal of the Certificate is to train graduate students and related professionals to be conversant with the problems of managing natural resources on American Indian reservations and off-reservation areas. We have outstanding resource management programs that are highly specialized at the University of Arizona, but we lack basic training for graduate or professional degree-seeking students who aim to work in the management and administration of Tribal natural resources.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to the AIS Graduate Certificate in Renewable Natural Resources. Students with earned majors in departments other than AIS and Renewable Natural Resources may apply. The application procedure is a two-fold process with consideration by the department and by the UA Graduate College.
All non-AIS students must meet requirements of the graduate college. There is no longer an application fee for current UA Graduate students. Current AIS students, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for direction.
To apply, log on to: http:grad.arizona.edu/admissions/types/certificates. All application materials must be received on-line by October 15th or April 15th for admission to the following semester for the certificate program in AIS. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Checklist for Online Application Material
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Minumum credits: 12
Core coursework: REQUIRED CORE
AIS 541a (also ANTH 541a, ARL 541a, RAM 541a, RNR 541a, SWES 541a, WFSC 541a, WSM 541a) - Natural Resource Management in Native Communities (3 units) Spring.
AIS 526a – Principles of Indigenous Economics (3 units)
AIS 531a – Traditional Ecological Knowledge (3 units)
AIS 595a – Globalization, Natural Resources and Indigenous Peoples (3 units)
LAW 643 – Native American Natural Resources (3 units)
RNR 580 – Natural Resources Policy and Law (3 units)
Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 gpa required in core course and overall for award of certificate.
See website for more information on coursework: https://ais.arizona.edu/ais-graduate-certificate-renewable-natural-resources
The core curriculum consists of at least six credit hours chosen from the abovelist. Additional courses selected from the core list may be used to satisfy thematic course requirements. The core curriculum is designed to offer students an opportunity to obtain a strong background in American Indian natural resources and management.
Thematic courses consist of six credit hours chosen from the following list. Thematic courses are designed to offer students an opportunity to focus on thematic coursework in areas of Sustainability and Cultures; Natural Resource Management; Law and Policy; and Business Administration. Thus, students are required to select two courses from the following thematic offerings and could do so within a theme or across themes. Each area will provide the flexibility and range in producing and approving appropriate plans of study. The role of the advisor is to assist the student in choosing the appropriate classes in meeting the diverse needs of two groups: (1) degree-seeking certificate students and (2) professional-seeking certificate students.
Minimum GPA required
Students must earn a letter grade of A or B in the curriculum and maintain a 3.0 GPA. No Pass/Fail grades are permitted.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.