Native American Studies at Illinois State University

Alumni Profile

Although not one of our minors, we consider Andrea Riley (MA, 2008) a part of our program.  Andrea graduated with a degree in Creative Writing.  She is now pursuing her doctoral degree at Michigan State University in Native American Studies and Women's Studies.  Congratulations, Andrea!

CAREERS FOR Native American Studies MINORS


...what you can "do" with a minor in Native American Studies?

Practical or purposeful?

Many students who pursue a degree in Native American Studies enter the program simply because they want to learn more about our continent and its First Peoples present and past, or about their own tribal nation or nations and its/their indigenous communities.

After entering the program, these students often find that they want to continue contributing to and learning about Native American communities, sometimes in the form of giving back to the tribe that helped sponsor their education.


There is a wide variety of careers associated with a minor in Native American Studies.

Students in this area might consider:

  • elementary, secondary, and higher education
  • academic support services
  • environmental protection
  • land rights and the law
  • nursing and/or health care
  • sustainable recreation
  • business and economic development for tribal nations
  • sustainable agriculture
  • multicultural theatre, music, and/or art
  • creative, professional, or technical writing and web design


The Program is here to help.  Ask the director or the other faculty about resources and possibilities in your areas of interest.