A degree in Native American Studies is not only a valuable choice, but often a necessary first step for scholars wishing to pursue a career as a museum curator, a native american history teacher, or a tribal administrator. Interestingly, native american studies is a unique major coming in at the 341st most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 241 native american studies graduates. In-state tuition for native american studies at private universities is, on average, 6.6 times more expensive than their public counterparts.
With only 53 institutions having programs for native american studies there might be a smaller selection of institutions you can choose from. If you are hoping to surround yourself with other native american studies students, look at colleges in Hawaii which have the most undergraduates admitted to native american studies annually. More generally, the top region to pursue native american studies is in the Far West region with Humboldt State University, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and University of Hawaii at Manoa best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the best conference to major in native american studies is the Big West Conference with University of California-Davis, University of California-Riverside, and University of Hawaii at Manoa representing the conference. Based on our extensive list of the best colleges, our belief is that the best college for native american studies is Dartmouth College.
The best school might not actually be the 'best' school for you. There might be tons more perspectives to consider when choosing school. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might impact your choice of which college to attend. Here at Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which native american studies university has the top campus, the answer is San Diego State University. If you are mostly interested in which school is home to the top campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more so we can compare every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life and, from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for native american studies is Dartmouth College. Are you curious why? Continue scrolling to discover more about Authority's top choices. Many of our decisions will probably shock you.
If cost is a major influence in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Dartmouth College. Dartmouth College appears to be our most expensive university for native american studies, at least for out of state attendance. We have an entire page for the most expensive schools that could put the price tag at Dartmouth College into perspective. For more context, you may be interested to know that native american studies is the 325th most expensive program in the US, with an average bill of $21,700. On a broader scale, the most costly state for native american studies in the country is New Hampshire demonstrated with a cost of $55,605 at the main university in the state Dartmouth College. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the country for native american studies is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.
Our cheapest region for native american studies is the Plains region which is represented by Haskell Indian Nations University with a cost of $0, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a cost of $31,616, and Oglala Lakota College with a cost of $2,016. On the bright side, the most affordable school for native american studies is Oglala Lakota College. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be found here.
In-state students can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $8,800 for a degree in native american studies. The price balloons intensely to an average of $23,100 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. As such, you might be interested in our pick for the university constituting the best value for native american studies: Dartmouth College. Through this link you will find our comprehensive list for the colleges we see as being the best value overall. Bear in mind, this section is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.
Earnings for native american studies students can differ, but within two years graduation students will often make around $43,800. There is much variation in earnings; highest paid earners can rake in up to $78,100. Even straight out of college, the minimum earning jobs within the native american studies field earn $25,100, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from native american studies studied at Dartmouth College and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.
The general diversity of native american studies ranks quite poor, ranking in only the 14th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for native american studies is Dartmouth College and here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Native American Studies is only within the 41st percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even further below average in the 12th percentile. Students who are not asian, white, black, or latino make up the largest share at 77% of scholars majoring in native american studies. Additionally, 77% of undergrads pursuing a native american studies degree are women.
The median score of native american studies professors is 4.25 stars, a ranking that is 6% above the average for all majors; this is a pretty good ranking. If you are interested in the most popular native american studies instructor nationally, consider looking up Bernard Comeau from Tacoma Community College. It may be shocking, but the best ranked instructors of native american studies by student come from Ball State University. As we including data beyond simply rankings we find that the university with the best instructors for native american studies is University of California-Davis. You will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the finest examples of professors in the U.S.
Finally, the hardest school to get into for native american studies is Dartmouth College. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we do hope you understand that considering higher education with context mainly derived from superlatives might cause problems. We encourage you to read our more nuanced pages on individual schools and explore a few of Authority's helpful background pages on essential details to consider as your school search continues.