The Major in American Indian Studies
American Indian Studies majors are provided with a broad understanding of Native American peoples, with a focus on the tribes of South California. The curriculum is designed to provide a study of American Indians from an interdisciplinary viewpoint while examining their history, culture and contemporary life. To prepare for the major, students take 6 units of lower division coursework (AMIND 110, and 140 or 141). Major requirements include a minimum of 25 upper division units to include AMIND 420, 485, 498, and 18 units selected from AMIND 300, 320, 331, 370, 430, 435, 440, 451, 460, 470, 480, 499, Anthropology 446 or 457. American Indian content courses may be applied to the major with the consent of the department advisor. Additionally, students must satisfy the Language Requirement, and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (refer to the SDSU catalog for details).
All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of the SDSU catalog on “Graduation Requirements.” No more than 48 units in American Indian studies can apply to the degree. A minor is not required with this major.
- Preparation for the Major. American Indian Studies 110; and 140 or 141. (6 units)
- Language Requirement. Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one foreign language to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of catalog on “Graduation Requirements.”
- Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
Major. A minimum of 25 upper division units to include American Indian Studies 420, 485, 498, and 18 units selected from American Indian Studies 300, 320, 331, 370, 430, 435, 440, 451, 460, 470 [orReligious Studies 470], 480, 499. Courses with American Indian content from other departments may be applied to this major with written consent of the undergraduate adviser.
How to Declare a Major
The American Indian Studies major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the American Indian Studies major, students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete preparation for the major;
- Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.