Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies – SJS Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Social Justice Studies. All lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
AIS 100 Introduction to American Indian Studies 3
AIS 150 American Indian History in the United States 1 3
AIS 300 American Indian Studies Research Methodologies 2 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 met before transfer
University Elective 3
Second Semester
AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws 3 3
ETHS 300GW Writing in Ethnic Studies - GWAR 3
Major Elective (select area of emphasis on advisement) – Take Two 4 6
University Elective 3
Third Semester
AIS 160 Survey of Native California 3
AIS 694 Community Service Learning 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Major Elective (select area of emphasis on advisement) 4 3
University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
Select one: 3
American Indian Religion and Philosophy  
American Indian Music  
Modern Creative and Performing Arts  
AIS 680 American Indian Studies Senior Seminar 3
Major Elective (select area of emphasis on advisement) – Take Two 4 6
University Elective 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-wide Requirements: 6–9 units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course if not taken before transfer (0–3 units)
  • American Institutions: Satisfied by courses required for the AIS core. See notes.
  • University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement/GWAR (3 units): ETHS 300GW
  • Upper division GE: Take 3 units to satisfy UD-B. Courses approved for UD-C and UD-D satisfy major requirements.
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Social Justice Studies are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

American Indian Studies Major:  39 units

  • Core (21 units)
  • Electives (18 units): Electives are organized into four areas of emphasis: California Indian Studies; Creative Arts and the Humanities; Law, Politics, and Society; Science, Health and Environmental Studies. Students may select Electives from a single emphasis, or from all four emphases. Consult with a department advisor.

University Electives: 12 or More Units

Units depending on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., in both UD GE and the major.