American Indian and Indigenous Studies Associate in Arts Degree

Division: Social Sciences


The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Associate in Arts Degree is designed to provide students a holistic and transdisciplinary education with a focus on the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples of North America. American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) is committed to critical theorizations of settler colonialism, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and sovereignty and to the interrogation of interlocking systems of oppression in order to unsettle and disrupt them.

AIIS cultivates activist-scholars by providing students opportunities to bridge academic study with community engagement. Graduates develop a decolonial and liberatory vision for social change, an understanding of Indigenous core values and leadership models, and acquire skills in media literacy, critical and creative thinking, and an ability to advance sovereignty for Indigenous peoples.

The major prepares students for transfer and career pathways that serve Indigenous populations in areas/fields such as education and research, cultural and resource management, health and human services, marketing and communications, tribal law and policy, fine and performing arts, American Indian affairs, and more. This degree requires a total of 18 units.

Required Courses (12 units):
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 111 FWomen of Color in the U.S.3
ETHS 159 F Introduction to American Indian Studies3
ETHS 160 F American Indian History (formerly History of the Native Americans)3
Restricted Electives (6 units):6
Introduction to African-American Studies3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 F)3
Chicana/o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
Honors Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Race, Ethnicity and Popular Culture3
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice Movements
Introduction to Native American Literature formerly (Survey of Native American Literature)3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Summarize the key terminology, theoretical orientations, principles and methods used in the field of American Indian & Indigenous Studies.

Outcome 2: Identify and explain historical trends and common themes in American Indian and Indigenous history.

Outcome 3: Construct a coherent and well-informed viewpoint about contemporary issues affecting Indigenous peoples in North America.