American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Overview of American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics Postsecondary Programs

It generally takes two years to complete Associate’s degree American Indian, Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics programs. To take a broad range of core courses in the subjects you generally have to declare a dual major. Expect to spend four to five years completing Bachelor’s degree programs. The programs focus on Native American history, culture and communication styles, including traditional and modern Native American languages and literatures. Although specific curriculums are developed by administrators at individual postsecondary schools, when you major in American Indian, Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics you may take core courses such as Generative Syntax, Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Native American Literature, Introduction to Native American Studies, Intermediate Ojibwe, and Language, Culture and Society in Native North America.

American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics Classes and Learned Skills

If you own companies or lead community organizations that serve large segments of the Native American population the degree programs can help you to better understand, communicate with and support your clients. In addition to improved communications skills, you can also gain reasoning, foreign language, translation, public relations and leadership skills when you take American Indian, Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics courses.

Levels of Education Available for American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

A Native American Studies Certificate, Bachelor of Arts in Tribal Administration and Governance and a Master of Arts in American Studies with a Focus on Native American Studies are types of undergraduate and graduate degrees you can get when you major in American Indian, Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Additional degrees you can get include Certificate in Cherokee Studies, Bachelor of Science in Linguistics with a concentration in Native American Studies and a Master of Science in Linguistics with a concentration in Native American Studies.

Outlook for Careers in American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

American Indian, Native American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics degrees and courses prepare you to work as a historian, linguist, interpreter, public relations manager, communications specialist and community organizer. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs for historians are expected to grow by 11 percent from 2008 through 2018. Median annual salaries that historians earned as of May 2008 were $54,530. The middle 50 percent of historians earned salaries that ranged between $33,570 and $77,290. Furthermore, the top 10 percent of historians earned annual salaries that exceeded $96,530. Interpreters and translators earned median annual salaries of $38,850, with the top 10 percent of interpreters and translators earning more than $69,190. Jobs for interpreters and translators are expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 through 2018.

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