Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 39        

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
AIS 100 Introduction to American Indian Studies 3
AIS 150 American Indian History in the United States 3
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
 Units15
Second Semester
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3 3-4
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15-16
Third Semester
AIS 160 Survey of Native California 3
AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 3 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Four 4 12
 Units15
Fifth Semester
AIS 300 American Indian Studies Research Methodologies 3
Law, Politics, and Society – Select One 5 3
Science, Health, and Environmental Studies – Select One: 3
American Indian Science  
Ancestors or Data? Culture, Conflict, and NAGPRA  
Before the Wilderness: American Indian Ecology  
Additional Two Courses from Any of the Four Areas of Emphasis – Take Two 6
 Units15
Sixth Semester
California Indian Studies – Select One: 3
Perspectives of Native California Indians  
Community Service Learning  
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
Seventh Semester
Creative Arts and Humanities – Select One 6 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
Eighth Semester
AIS 680 American Indian Studies Senior Seminar 3
AIS 694 Community Service Learning 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
 Total Units120-122
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied. 

4

Complementary Studies

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies must complete twelve units in complementary studies in courses bearing a prefix other than AIS or courses cross-listed with AIS. These units may be in

  1. a language other than English;
  2. one course from AAS, AFRS, LTNS, and RRS;
  3. or four courses from one prefix: AAS or AFRS or LTNS or RRS,
  4. partial completion of a minor or certificate;
  5. units earned in a study abroad program; or
  6. a coherent group of courses complementary to the major.

With the approval of an advisor in the major, courses which fulfill the complementary studies requirement may be lower or upper division units, resident or transfer units.

5

Law, Politics, and Society

AIS 230 Urban Indians (3 units)

AIS 330 American Indian Law (3 units)

AIS 350 Black-Indians in the Americas (3 units)

AIS 400 American Indian Education (3 units)

AIS 420 Native Genders and Feminism (3 units)

AIS 460 Power and Politics in American Indian History (3 units)

AIS 470 American Indian Ethnicity: Problems in Identity (3 units)

AIS 490 Ancestors or Data? Culture, Conflict, and NAGPRA (3 units)

6

Creative Arts and Humanities

AIS 162 American Indian Oral Literature (3 units)

AIS 235 American Indians: Image and Issues in the Mass Media (3 units)

AIS 310 American Indian Religion and Philosophy (3 units)

AIS 320 American Indian Music (3 units)

AIS 325 American Indian Art (3 units)

AIS 360 Modern American Indian Authors (3 units)

AIS 400 American Indian Education (3 units)

AIS 420 Native Genders and Feminism (3 units)

AIS 460 Power and Politics in American Indian History (3 units)

AIS 470 American Indian Ethnicity: Problems in Identity (3 units)

AIS 490 Ancestors or Data? Culture, Conflict, and NAGPRA (3 units)