American Indian Studies

College of Ethnic Studies
Dean: Tomás Almaguer

Department of American Indian Studies
PSY 103
Chair: Roberto Rivera (Acting)


Assistant Professors—De La Torre, Nelson

Lecturers—Barker, Perea, Shenoda, Shuck, Solomon


Minor in American Indian Studies

Program Scope

The Minor in American Indian Studies provides students with a critical and analytical approach to the study of native North American Indians, historically and contemporarily. Through its multidisciplinary course offerings, students will gain an academic and philosophical understanding of and appreciation for the great diversity of native North American peoples and tribes, and of the unique relationship between Indian tribes and the federal government. The goal of the American Indian Studies Minor is to provide students with a critical, holistic, and community-centered background for graduate studies, teaching, and careers in a variety of professions and disciplines.

Career Outlook

A Minor in American Indian Studies can be used by students in several different ways: preparation for a career in teaching; enhancement of career opportunities in social service or community work among American Indian peoples; and preparation for graduate studies in the humanities and social sciences or law and public policy.

Minor Program

Courses in the American Indian Studies Program are open to all students. The minor is designed to provide students with a course of study regarding the experience and diversity of native North American Indians, past and present. It may be taken in addition to a regular major or incorporated as part of a special major. Students may also elect several courses individually in fulfillment of general education requirements.

While not required, students pursuing a Minor in American Indian Studies are encouraged to complete an internship in a local American Indian community service agency or organization arranged through the American Indian Studies Program.


In order to qualify for a Minor in American Indian Studies, a student must successfully complete 24 units, fifteen of which must come from core courses and nine from electives on advisement. If a particular course required for the minor is not offered in a given year, seniors, upon petition to the program chair, may substitute another American Indian studies course in fulfillment of the requirements.

Required Core (15 units) Units
AIS 150 American Indians and U.S. History 3
AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws 3
AIS 235 American Indian Images and Issues in the Mass Media 3
AIS 310 American Indian Religion and Philosophy 3
AIS 410 Perspectives of Native California Indians 3
Electives (9 units)
Elective courses selected from the following on advisement
 AIS 360 American Indian Authors
 AIS 400 American Indian Education
 AIS 420 American Indian Women
 AIS 450 American Indian Science
 AIS 460 Power and Politics in American Indian History
 AIS 470 American Indian Ethnicity
 AIS 480 American Indian Revitalization Movements
 AIS 500 Language and Cultural Systems of American Indians
 AIS 530 American Indian Psychology
 AIS 560 American Indian Contemporary Creative and Performing Arts
 AIS 600 Current Issues in the American Indian Community
Total 24

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