2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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American Indian Studies (B.A.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mark Freeland, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of American Indian Studies
School of American and Global Studies
West Hall 106, Box 510

Program Information

The American Indian Studies program prepares critical thinkers for living in an interrelated world with the rigorous engagement of Indigenous intellectual traditions, interdisciplinary theories, methods and community engagement. Indigenous languages and narratives provide a grounding for the development of Indigenous leadership. Coursework provides an understanding of an American Indian worldview as a lens to comprehend traditional knowledge and culture, and a basis with which to view the process of colonization and decolonization of Indigenous peoples and lands.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  • Identify and analyze the trajectory of colonization and decolonization among Indigenous peoples in the North American context. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
  • Apply a theory of Indigenous worldview to effectively demonstrate cultural difference among Indigenous peoples and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. (Cross-curricular Skill: Intercultural Knowledge)
  • Apply an Indigenous methodological lens towards a research project benefitting Indigenous communities. (Cross-curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
  • Critically analyze and evaluate contemporary Indigenous issues working across academic disciplines to further the process of decolonization and Indigenization. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Analyze the cultural and linguistic translations evident in American Indian and Indigenous Studies to develop decolonizing and Indigenizing discourses. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)

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, Humanities and Social Sciences 

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

  • Modern Foreign Language Including the 202-Level Credits: 6+
  • AHSS 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, Humanities & Social Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements* 9+ Credit Hours
Major Requirements 38 Credit Hours
Electives** 49 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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