Tribal Administration & Governance

The Tribal Administration and Governance major is flexible to accommodate a variety of student needs.  All required courses for the major are offered asynchronously online! 

Students can either transfer in with an AA or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and complete TAG completely online in two years OR students can come to UMD and take courses to fulfill the UMD liberal education requirements while taking the courses for the major.

The major is designed to prepare students to work for tribes in governmental and non-governmental entities that work closely with tribes.  Students may select from two tracks:

  • American Indian Studies OR
  • Business Administration Certificate

The core requirements for the major include courses focused on tribal sovereignty, tribal governance and federal Indian law and policy.  The curriculum is based on studying the interrelationships between federal and tribal governments and the methods used by Native Nations to administer programs.  Students will learn the history of federal-tribal-state relations; learn the roles of tribal leaders and administrators; and learn the laws, policies, and issues that impact tribal governments. 

For detailed degree requirement information, consult the TAG major's catalog listing.

Visit the TAG program brochure.

TAG Transfer Guide

Tribal Administration and Governance B.A. Program Learning Outcomes:

Through this program students will develop the capacity to successfully...
  • summarize and analyze tribal and settler governance practices, constitutions, and interrelationships.
  • formulate effective approaches to strategic, project, operations, and business management in tribal governance contexts.
  • summarize, analyze, and synthesize leadership qualities required of tribal administrators.
  • communicate through effective writing and interactive dialogue.
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