Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies – SJS Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) 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.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 3-12 units

  • American Institutions: Satisfied by courses required for the AIS core.
  • University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement/GWAR (3 units): ETHS 300GW.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • 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: 15 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
AIS 100 Introduction to American Indian Studies (Major Core, AERM, SJ) 3
AIS 150 American Indian History in the United States (Major Core, D2, USH, AERM, SJ) 3
AIS 300 American Indian Studies Research Methodologies (Major Core, AERM, GP, SJ) 3
University Elective - Take Two 6
Second Semester
AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws (Major Core, F, USG, CSLG, AERM, SJ) 3
California Indian Studies - Select One: 3
Perspectives of Native California Indians (F, AERM, SJ)  
Community Service Learning  
ETHS 300GW Writing in Ethnic Studies - GWAR 3
Creative Arts and Humanities - Select One 1 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
AIS 160 Survey of Native California (Major Core, F, AERM, ES, SJ) 3
AIS 694 Community Service Learning (Major Core) 3
Law, Politics, and Society - Select One 2 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
or University Elective if requirement already satisfied
Fourth Semester
AIS 680 American Indian Studies Senior Seminar (Major Core) 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  
Major Elective (select area of emphasis on advisement) – Take Two 3 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
or University Elective if requirement already satisfied
 Total Units60