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AIS 100 : Introduction to American Indian Studies

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to American Indian Studies: the histories, cultures, identities and contemporary issues of the indigenous American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian groups. Topics range from colonialism, racialization, social formation, identity politics, and environmental issues to law and politics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 150 : American Indian History in the United States

Prerequisites: None
Description: The major indigenous cultures residing in the present U.S.; regional groups, structures, world views; major events that took place between the first Americans and new Americans from contact up to 1930.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 160 : Survey of Native California

Prerequisites: None
Description: Native California from origin to contemporary times. Comparative data, adaptive strategies and relations between the indigenous populations and European and Anglo-American contact.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AIS 162 : American Indian Oral Literature

Prerequisites: None
Description: Traditional Indian literatures: legend, origin stories, pre-contact poetry, oratory, and stories of the people. Forms, styles, images, and themes used by selected tribes to express the experience of their daily lives.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 205 : American Indians and U.S. Laws

Prerequisites: None
Description: The legal history that has developed between the earliest settlers and the existing peoples of the American continent. Legal and social concepts that the settling communities had toward Indian Nations. (Fulfills the U.S. Government and California State and Local Government components of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.] [USG,CSLG]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 230 : Urban Indians

Prerequisites: None
Description: Comparative examination of American Indian experiences in urban areas, in distinction from reservation and rural life.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 235 : American Indians: Image and Issues in the Mass Media

Prerequisites: None
Description: Recurring images and treatment of American Indians, especially in film, television, advertising, popular literature, and commercial arts. Cultural, economic, social, and political forces that influence image and artistic expression.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 300 : American Indian Studies Research Methodologies

Prerequisites: AIS 100 (may be concurrent), ENG 214 or equivalent, and upper division standing.
Description: Overview of social scientific and literary theories/methods useful in the gathering and study of data on historical and contemporary American Indian nations, tribal groups, communities, individuals, and literature. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AIS 310 : American Indian Religion and Philosophy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Religious and philosophical aspects of the life styles of certain plains tribes in what is now called the U.S. Ancient religion, visions, and deity structures and how they have survived and have been modified by the impact of European cultures.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AIS 320 : American Indian Music

Prerequisites: AIS 100 or consent of instructor.
Description: Relationships among music, cultural perspectives, and collective and individual selves of American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. (Formerly AIS 220.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 325 : American Indian Art

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Contemporary and comparative examination of American Indian art, including American Indian theories of art and connections of art with other forms of cultural expression such as novels, poetry, songs, dances, and oral histories.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 330 : American Indian Law

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to Native epistemologies, worldviews, social structures and institutions relating to customary or "traditional" law, governance, justice, and ethics; overview of customary perspectives and practices; examination of contemporary revitalization efforts to restructure colonial paradigms of Native governance.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

AIS 350 : Black-Indians in the Americas

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines factors impacting on multiracial identity formation among Native communities throughout the Americas with a specific focus on Black-Indians; explores concepts and theories regarding blood quantum, sovereignty and land rights, and the social, legal, and political understanding of mixed-race Native Americans. This course is offered as AIS 350, AFRS 350, and LTNS 355. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AIS 360 : Modern American Indian Authors

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
Description: Literatures of the native peoples of North American; comparison of oral and written literature, indigenous and Western knowledge systems through different forms and forms and functions of literacy; examination of literature, narrative, oratory, poetry, short stories, and contemporary novels recorded and written by Indians from the mid 1850's through contemporary times. Changing literary forms, methods of recordings, celebrating and reaffirming 19th and 20th century Indian life.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

AIS 400 : American Indian Education

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Content, curriculum, and structure of education in reservation and off-reservation schools. Problems, goals, innovative restructuring, proposals for future.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2012

AIS 410 : Perspectives of Native California Indians

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cultural and historical perspective of California Indians. Contemporary problems, issues, and developments involving American Indians, both urban and rural.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - California Cultures and Environments
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 420 : American Indian Women

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Social systems of American Indian cultures and the role of women in these societies. Democratic consensual social structures as equality was a feature in American Indian societies. Comparison with Euro-American structures.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Women of Color in the United States
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AIS 440 : Native Sexualities and Queer Discourse

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A comparative, inter-disciplinary, socio-historical analysis of Native sexualities and gender constructions from indigenous centered perspectives; examination of the complexity of Native sexualities, gender formations, and queer indigenous identity movements. This course is offered as AIS 440, SXS 440, and WGS 440. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

AIS 450 : American Indian Science

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: American Indian sciences, theory and practice, traditional herbology, agricultural and environmental sciences, methods of food production, preservation, and preparation. Indian architectural modes and thermal clothing used by tribes from six regions of North America.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2012

AIS 460 : Power and Politics in American Indian History

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Modern political and social issues arising from U.S.- American Indian relations: land, water, civil, and tribal rights with underlying historical and attitudinal differences behind these problems. (Fulfills the U.S. History component of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.] [USH]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 470 : American Indian Ethnicity: Problems in Identity

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; AIS 100, AIS 150, or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of ethnicity focusing on the history and theory surrounding American Indian tribal and Pan-Indian identity formations within the nation-state and reservation contexts.
Units: 3

AIS 490 : Ancestors or Data?: Culture, Conflict and NAGPRA

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Political struggles surroundings the creation and implementation of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Analysis of the law, impact of recent court decisions and specific focus on cultural conflicts related to the concept of knowledge. This course is offered as AIS 490, ANTH 490, and SOC 491. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

AIS 500 : Language and Cultural Systems of North American Indians

Prerequisites: AIS 100 or consent of instructor.
Description: Relationship between American Indian language and culture, including topics and skills related to language learning and the historical conditions of cultural retention and revitalization efforts. This course is offered as AIS 500 and ANTH 500. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

AIS 520 : Before the Wilderness: American Indian Ecology

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines the environmental thought, ecological worldviews, and resource management practices of North American native peoples; reviews how European and American colonists justified the expropriation of native lands, the different perceptions of “land” and its connections to major ecological and cultural change.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

AIS 535 : American Indian Film

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Examines how Native peoples have used film as a means of reclaiming and representing their histories, cultures, and identities. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 550 : American Indians in Contemporary U.S. History

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Overview of the historical lived realities of major indigenous cultures and people residing within the present day boundaries of the United States from 1930 through 2000. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
Units: 3

AIS 560 : Modern Creative and Performing Arts

Prerequisites: AIS 100 or consent of instructor.
Description: Individual and group performance of creative and performing arts in American Indian communities. Fine art, oral poetry, dramatic modes and media. Adaptation of traditional modes to modern situations.
Units: 3

AIS 610 : Native Americans and Museums

Prerequisites: upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: An historical overview of the relationship between American Indians and the museums that house and display their cultural patrimony--questions of historical and cultural representation, rights of tribal communities, exhibition images, and representations of American Indians in museums are explored.
Units: 3

AIS 680 : American Indian Studies Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: AIS 300 and AIS 694.
Description: Directed guidance leading to the completion of a senior research project based on intensive study of a topic or problem related to American Indian peoples. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AIS 685 : Projects in the Teaching of American Indian Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Academic service learning practicum/internship experience as an undergraduate instructional aide. Participation in the teaching of a regular instructionally-related class. Limited to undergraduate students only. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

AIS 694 : Community Service Learning

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with any AIS course offering opportunity for community service learning.
Description: Community service learning to be taken with any AIS course that supports community service learning. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3

AIS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised, individual study of a particular problem in American Indian studies. Student may select the supervisor and must state the problem, the method of data gathering, and the method of data analysis. AIS 699 is repeatable for a maximum of 6 units.
Units: 1-3

AIS 701 : Seminar in American Indian Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Issues in the study of American Indians: understanding of the Indian tribes and nations as sovereign political entities; political, economic, and social developments of self-determination and its implications for Indian tribes.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014
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