American Indian Studies

c/o Jan Johnson 
Coordinator AIS
Clinical Assistant Professor 
English - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

PHONE: (208) 885-7743 

College of Graduate Studies
Valerie Roberts, Assistant to the Dean
College of Graduate Studies
Morrill Hall 104
Moscow, ID 83844-3017

PHONE: (208) 885-6244

Courses & Special Notes


The core curriculum would include: AIST 401 Contemporary American Indian Issues (3 cr.) and AIST 404 Indigenous Leadership Styles and Communications (3 cr), along with additional courses to be drawn from two or more departmental disciplines. An Internship experience (AIST 498) is encouraged, and could entail the student working closely with tribal council members, department managers, agency heads and/or business leaders within the Tribal community, gaining invaluable, first-hand experience and insights.

Some of the following courses from the Interdisciplinary Studies "Courses" section of the University of Idaho Catalog may be useful. Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies should register for INTR 500 for their thesis research.

Their registrations for independent study should be in:
  • INTR 499 or 502
  • INTR 599 - For research not directly related to a thesis
  • INTR 400 or 501- For seminar

Students are encouraged to take Seminar, Special Topics and Research credits from one or more of the two disciplinary departments selected for the M.A. degree.

  • 498 Internship (cr arr)
  • 500 Master’s Research & Thesis (cr arr)
  • 501 Seminar (cr arr)
  • 502 Independent Study (cr arr)
  • 503 Workshop (cr arr). prereq: perm.
  • 504 Special Topics (cr arr)
  • 599 Research ( cr arr)


  1. A degree in interdisciplinary studies is not meant to be a watered-down master’s degree; it is a rigorous program that integrates two or more disciplines.
  2. The degree will read "Master of Arts" with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies; no other major will be recorded on the diploma or academic records. However, the transcript will show all courses taken while enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies.
  3. In an Interdisciplinary program the student must be willing to take the initiative in bringing together the committee and to be responsible for making sure that all requirements are met and all procedures are followed.
  4. If the student chooses the thesis option, he or she may use up to six credits of Inter 500 toward the degree.
  5. Students in the Interdisciplinary program must read the graduate section of the General Catalog and be sure they are complying with all the requirements of graduation.
  6. Interdisciplinary students should consult frequently with their major professor, and should not hesitate to call or visit the College of Graduate Studies office they have questions or problems.
  7. Interdisciplinary students will need to obtain the following forms from the College of Graduate Studies office: "Appointment of Major Professor," "Study Plan," and, for thesis students, the "Graduate Handbook for Theses and Dissertations," which provides necessary information on formatting the thesis.