2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 25, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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American Indian Studies (B.A.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Jason McEntee, Department Head
Department of English
Pugsley Hall 301, Box 2218
E-mail: jason.mcentee@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

This is an inter-college program of American Indian culture studies. Coursework in various departments of the University provides a broad base for understanding the past, present, and possible futures of American Indian people. The program recognizes the historical and contemporary significance of American Indian experiences. Study of these experiences promotes understanding of the pluralist nature of the United States and responds to the growing need for multicultural sensitivity and awareness. Students desiring more information or interested in the program should consult with the coordinator and their academic advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discipline-Specific Knowledge - Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of tribal sovereignty; government and policy; American Indian history, religion, and literature.
  • Communication - Graduates will demonstrate a basic proficiency in a tribal language; And to present effective oral and written presentations on research involving American Indians.
  • Critical Thinking - Graduates will demonstrate a mastery of problem-solving skills that integrate research with contemporary issues that confront indigenous people both locally and globally.

Course Delivery Method

Courses for the AIS major are delivered in face to face environments, utilizing lectures, discussions, and applied learning.

Requirements for American Indian Studies Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences 

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

  • Modern Foreign Language Including the 202-Level Credits: 6+
  • A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts & Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120