Our BA in American Indian Studies Online Degree Completion program provides a well-rounded, thoughtful study of the history, culture, and contemporary lifestyles of Native American peoples. The program is designed to help you prepare for careers within and outside of indiginous communities, without putting your professional life on hold.

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The BA in American Indian Studies Online Degree Completion program provides a well-rounded, thoughtful study of the economy, governance, history, culture, and contemporary lifestyles of Native American peoples. The program is designed to help you prepare for careers within and outside of Indigenous communities, without putting your professional life on hold.

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About the program

The Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies Online Degree Completion program is designed to explore the rich history and contemporary life of various Native American peoples. As a student of the online American Indian Studies program, you’ll study the complex social and political relationships that inform and influence tribal communities. You’ll also explore the ways in which those tribes interact with each other and with outside communities, including the United States government, and you’ll learn how those complex relationships continue to evolve.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
$22,500-$27,000
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
2 Years
Course Format Course Format
Online

At the same time as you work towards your Bachelor’s degree, you’ll also have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Tribal Casino Operations Management from the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming. This five-course certificate program focuses on casino operations, marketing, regulation, and finances. With this certificate, you’ll be better prepared for a fruitful career in the tribal gaming industry.

Your virtual classrooms are led by faculty and lecturers from SDSU’s Department of American Indian Studies and the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming. We’ve also partnered with the university’s Tribal Liaison who hails from the Kumeyaay Nation, San Diego’s largest Indigenous tribal community, to build a curriculum and an academic community that is forward-thinking and culturally sensitive. We also work closely with the Elymash Yuuchaap: Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program and SDSU’s Native American Student Alliance.

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The SDSU World Campus online American Indian Studies degree program focuses on a variety of issues, including history, political economy, tribal law and federal treaties, nation-building, social justice issues, cultural studies, tribal sovereignty, and the needs of contemporary Native American communities.

As such, earning your Bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies will prepare you for a variety of careers both within and outside of Indian reservations. The coursework will prepare you to work in tribal economic development and tribal enterprises (particularly gaming facilities), education programs, social and human services programs, and cultural preservation divisions.

You’ll gain the experience necessary to work with various Federal agencies that work with Native communities, such as the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

With growing economic development opportunities in Indian Country, you can also use the program to launch a career with different non-Indian corporations and industries that serve Native communities, such as hospitality, environmental planning, financial services, engineering/architectural consulting, and entrepreneurship.

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Because the program is entirely online, you won’t have to sacrifice your current career and other responsibilities; you can work towards earning your degree on your schedule. Best of all, upon graduation you’ll have earned the same degree as our on-campus students, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Major in American Indian Studies.

What you can learn

The BA in American Indian Studies Online Degree Completion program will teach you to:

  1. Recognize diversity of tribal communities
  2. Value Indigenous knowledges and sustainability
  3. Promote economic development and nation-building
  4. Enact preservation and promotion of cultural heritage
  5. Identify mechanisms of oppression
  6. Support processes of decolonization
  7. Comprehend global Indigeneity

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This online American Indian Studies program is designed to examine the past and the present, with an eye towards the future. Many of your online courses will focus on the diverse histories of Native American communities in the United States.

You’ll learn about the differences between pre- and post-contact American Indian communities, and how historical and contemporary forms of oppression affect these communities. The courses also focus on the ways that different forms of oppression have shaped and continue to affect these communities.The goal is for you to...

The goal is for you to become an advocate for decolonization and political and economic self-determination through continued efforts to repatriate sacred objects, develop sustainable tribal economies, protect traditional sacred sites, and preserve Native intellectual property and cultural heritage.

You’ll also have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Tribal Casino Operations Management that runs concurrently with our Bachelor’s degree program. This certification was developed with the help of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming as a way to provide higher education opportunities focused specifically on the tribal gaming industry. The certificate program consists of twelve units across five courses that explore topics like gaming in cultural and political contexts, casino management and operations, legal issues, and public relations. You’ll also learn how tribal gaming relates to tribal sovereignty and economic development of Indigenous communities. You can earn your Tribal Casino Operations Management in the first year of the program.

You’ll learn about these topics in online courses developed by expert faculty from SDSU’s Department of American Indian Studies and SDSU’s Tribal Liaisons from the Kumeyaay Nation. Your instructors bring their extensive academic and professional experience to every lesson, turning the virtual classroom into an interactive forum for personal growth and thoughtful exploration.

Whether you’re currently a member of an Indigenous community, or you’d like to work with tribal communities in the future, the program is designed to give you the skills and the cultural contexts you’ll need in order to become an advocate for Indigenous communities throughout the world.

Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for American Indian Studies graduates is a positive one. Over the past year, there have been over 1.2 million job postings across the country that are seeking individuals with the skills you’d acquire with a BA in American Indian Studies program. As we begin to face the impact that environmental and ecological issues are having on Indigenous communities across the globe, that number is expected to grow by almost 8% over the next decade. Job postings in California are predicted to grow by over 10%.

The average national salary for individuals with a BA in American Indian Studies is $54,826, much higher than the average salary for individuals in those same positions who hold an Associate’s degree or less ($31,588).

Labor Analysis
BA in American Indian Studies — Nationwide

Job Postings
Job Postings
Last 12 months
1,222,767

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years
+7.81%

Salary Range
Salary Range
Average
$35,000-$80,000


Source: BLS & Burning Glass Technologies, 2020

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Why Should You Choose Us?

Accessibility

As an online degree, the BA in American Indian Studies program is designed to work with your busy schedule. Millions of adults across the country are unable to complete their degrees due to the time and costs associated with a traditional on-campus undergraduate experience. The program eliminates many of those barriers, making a high-quality liberal arts education accessible for all types of learners.

Responsiveness

The online American Indian Studies degree program has developed a close relationship with San Diego’s Indigenous Kumeyaay and Luiseño communities. Through partnerships with our Tribal Liaison, we’ve worked together to develop a curriculum that is meaningful to and motivated by the needs of the Indigenous communities throughout San Diego, Southern California, and all over the world.

Versatility

The program is, at its core, a liberal arts degree program. This means that you’ll receive a well-rounded education designed to enhance your critical thinking and communication skills. These skills will prepare you for work in a variety of fields, from marketing and finance to social service and government.

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In order to earn a BA in American Indian Studies, in addition to any general education requirements, you must complete the following:

  • 7 Required Course Units for the Major
  • A Minimum of 18 Course Units to Satisfy Major Requirements
  • 9 General Education Exploration Units
  • 3-6 Writing Proficiency Units (if applicable)
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Required Courses for the Major (7 Units)

AMIND 420: Indian Peoples of California (3)
AMIND 485: Federal Indian Law (3)
AMIND 498: American Indian Community Service Experience (1)

Courses Offered to Satisfy Major Requirements (Minimum 18 Units Required)

AMIND 300: American Indian Oral Tradition (3)
AMIND 320: American Indians in Contemporary Society (3)
AMIND 331/POLS 331: The American Indian Political Experience (3)
AMIND 370/HTM 370: Tribal Gaming: Cultural & Political Context (3)
AMIND 430: American Indian Poetry & Fiction (3)
AMIND 435: Indians Through Film & Television (3)
AMIND 440: American Indian History (3)
AMIND 451/ANTH 451: American Indian Identity (3)
AMIND 460/ANTH 460/LING 460: American Indian Languages (3)
AMIND 470/REL S 470: American Indian Spirituality & Epistemologies (3)
AMIND 480: Issues in American Indian Education (3)
AMIND 499: Special Study (1-4)
AMIND 300: American Indian Oral Tradition (3)
AMIND 320: American Indians in Contemporary Society (3)
AMIND 331/POLS 331: The American Indian Political Experience (3)
AMIND 370/HTM 370: Tribal Gaming: Cultural & Political Context (3)
AMIND 430: American Indian Poetry & Fiction (3)
AMIND 435: Indians Through Film & Television (3)
AMIND 440: American Indian History (3)
AMIND 451/ANTH 451: American Indian Identity (3)
AMIND 460/ANTH 460/LING 460: American Indian Languages (3)
AMIND 470/REL S 470: American Indian Spirituality & Epistemologies (3)
AMIND 480: Issues in American Indian Education (3)
AMIND 499: Special Study (1-4)

* Upper division AIS courses to satisfy the major requirements in the online degree completion program will be selected from the list above by the AIS department chair and World Campus each term, based on student interest, faculty availability, and those most appropriate for online delivery.

Certificate in Tribal Casino Operations Management Courses (12 Units)

AMIND/HTM 370: Cultural and Political Contexts
HTM 371: Casino Operations Management
HTM 372: Legal and Regulatory Issues
HTM 373: Casino Marketing and Tribal Public Relations
PSFA 381: Cross-Cultural Interpretations of Gambling Addiction

General Education Explorations Courses (9 units)

Students will select among the Explorations courses offered in an online modality through SDSU World Campus.

Writing Proficiency Requirements (3-6 Units)

RWS 305W: Writing in Various Settings (3 units) 
RWS 280: Academic Reading & Writing (3 units)

RWS 280 — Academic Reading & Writing will be waived for the Fall 2020 cohort due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can take your WPA Test in the spring, but if you don’t score a 10 on your exam, you’d have to take both RWS 280 and RWS 305W. If you decide not to take the test, you’ll only be required to take RWS 305W. If you take the WPA Test and pass, you won’t be required to take any additional Writing Proficiency courses.

 

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Admission Requirements

To be fully qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies Online Degree Completion program, you must:

  • Have a minimum of 60 transferable semester (or 90 quarter) units by the end of the fall term prior to spring transfer and the end of the spring term prior to fall transfer, which includes:
    • 6 Lower Division Preparation Course Units, which include:
      • American Indian Studies 110
      • American Indian Studies 140 or 141
    • A minimum of 30 Units of General Education Courses
    • The Golden Four Requirement, which includes:
      • Oral Communication — complete a basic public speaking course or other communication course with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Written Communication — complete a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Critical Thinking — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Mathematics — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
  • Have an overall 2.0+ GPA
  • Complete the American Institutions requirement
    • The American Institutions requirement is designed to demonstrate that students have an understanding of American history, the United States Constitution, and California state and local government.
  • Satisfy the CSU mathematics and writing requirements
  • Passed the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10, or completed an approved upper division writing course with a grade of C (2.0) or better (to be completed in your first semester once admitted to the program)

Application Instructions

To apply for our program, please complete an application through Cal State Apply.

A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.

Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided via Cal State Apply. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer.

Please do not send your official transcripts unless you are offered admission.

For more detailed admission requirements and other application information, please consult our Transfer Admissions Information.

Cost

$22,500-$27,000

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AMIND 0140 U.S. History from an American Indian Perspective to 1870
U.S. history from an Indigenous perspective pre-Columbian contact to 1870. Examines Native American societies with attention to white intrusion, U.S. constitution and legislation to remove Indians, control of their land and impact upon indigenous culture and society. Satisfies the American Institutions requirement in American history and United States Constitution.
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