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New Minor in Native American Cultures!

Posted on January 21, 2014

New Minor in Native American Cultures!

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The American Indian Studies Program has established an ongoing partnership with Anthropology and other Departments to offer a revised 18 unit minor in Native American Cultures for students in majors leading to professions that impact the lives of American Indian People.  Soon students will be able to earn a minor in AIS and graduate on time.   Museum Studies/Cultural Resource Management, Anthropology, Social Work, Art History and Film are the first areas to be developed with the new minor that will begin in the Fall of 2014. Students currently taking the AIS Minor in American Indian Studies who are interested in the new option for the AIS Minor in Native American Cultures are encouraged to meet with the Director of the AIS Program, Craig Stone.  New AIS Minor





Minor in Native American Cultures   

Minor 18 units   (Begins in the Fall 2014 Semester)

Lower Division Required (3 units)

AIS 101 Introduction to AIS

Co-requisite/Prerequisite: Any Foundation Course


Upper Division Core

Select  6 – 9 units from the following:

AIS 300 American Indians in Cinema (3) or AIS/FEA 450 American Indian and Indigenous Cinema (3)

AIS 320 (3) or AIS 420 American Indian Traditional Material Culture (3)

AIS/ENGL 340 American Indian Literature  (3)

AIS 335 American Indian Philosophies (3) or AIS 336 Indigenous Philosophies of Sustainability (3)

AIS 485 American Indians and the Law (3)

AIS 490 Special Topics or 499 (3)

Students are encouraged to gain training in the following areas: Museum Studies/CRM, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art/Art History or Social Work.


Select: 6 – 9 units in any combination from the following courses and/or areas.  Anthropology, Museum Studies/CRM, American Indian Studies, Art/Art History and Social Work.


ANTH 321, ANTH 322, ANTH 329, ANTH 448, ANTH 449, ANTH 450 (maximum 3 units approved by advisor), ANTH 451 (can only be taken once) ANTH 487

 Museum Studies/CRM:

AIS 222, AH 430, AH 431, ANTH 487

 American Indian Studies:

AIS 105, AIS 106, AIS 215 or AIS  319, AIS 308, AIS/WGSS  313, AIS 400

 Art/Art History:

AH 114, AH 430, AH 431, ART 440/540, ART 456/556

Social Work:

SW 220, SW 221,SW 330, SW 331, SW 350, SW 351

Note: SW 221 is only open to social work majors


Certificate in American Indian Studies

AIS Logo Mortar board AIS knowledge LogoStudents pursuing any approved degree or credential program of the University may at the same time earn a Certificate in American Indian Studies. Courses taken to meet the requirements may be used, where applicable, to meet General Education requirements or the degree or credential requirements of cooperating departments. Certification of successful completion of requirements will be issued upon the recommendation of the American Indian Studies Program Director.


  • 1. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in a traditional discipline. (Certificate requirements may be completed prior to the completion of B.A. requirement).
  • 2. Submission of all college/university transcripts to the academic advising coordinator, who will work with the student to develop a well‑integrated program of studies. Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with the academic advising coordinator after having completed the lower division core courses.
  • 3. A minimum of 24 units, distributed as follows.

Core Courses

Lower Division Core:

Take 9 units from the following courses: AIS 101, 105, 106, 200, 215, 222.

Upper Division Core:

Take 15 units from the following courses: AIS 300, 308, 319, 320, 335, 340, 400, 420, 485, 490, 497, 499.