Why minor in Native American Studies?
Our Native American Studies (NAS) minors have applied their education in a variety of successful professional roles, serving as educators, artists, researchers, interpreters at historical sites, engineers, legal consultants, in health care, and other meaningful careers.
Fall 2023 Special Topic Course: 493A: Sovereign Tribal Nations
A highlight of the academic year, we welcome Morgantown-area residents and members of the local Native American communities to campus to join in the Peace Tree Tradition .
Year after year, we welcome outstanding Native leaders to campus to offer their insights and share their perspectives. We host workshops, research colloquia, lectures and more.
The Medicine Wheel
The iconic NAS medicine wheel was designed by the late WVU Art Professor Emeritus Urban Couch, a longstanding member of the NAS Committee.
The four points of the medicine wheel represent the cardinal directions and the four Great Powers of the wheel; the wheel represents universal harmony.
Professor Couch, former Chair of WVU’s Division of Art, was an award-winning visual artist, curator, and educator whose work is included in collections the the Art Museum of WVU and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, etc.