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Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations is designed for students who plan to work directly with an Indigenous Nation. Students are provided with instruction and academic support in courses unique to the political, legal, economic, and social status of Indigenous peoples and their respective communities. MCCCD offers this unique program in recognition of the special political "trust relationship" between Indigenous Nations and the federal government of the United States. The program emphasizes inherent Indigenous sovereignty, self-governance, self-determination, federal Indian law, and policy that currently addresses development on Indigenous lands. The curriculum also develops skills and knowledge in business management principles, ethics, planning, leadership, organization, and operations. The AAS in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations may prepare students for careers with governmental entities, non-profit organizations, or for-profit enterprises within the sovereign jurisdiction of Indigenous Nations. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations is also available.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3078
Total Credits Required
60-62
Catalog Year
2020-2021

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze the various ways in which Indigenous Peoples identify and organize themselves in relation to pre- and post-colonial contact.
  2. Examine the Indigenous concept of interconnectedness with respect to the Sacred, which is holistically and organically inclusive of culture, homeland, worldview, identity, nature, and sustainability.
  3. Assess the diverse political, economic, legal, cultural, and social systems of Indigenous Nations and the impact of the laws and policies of the United States on Indigenous Nations and their sovereignty.
  4. Evaluate contemporary issues that challenge Indigenous Nations.
  5. Communicate orally, visually, digitally, and in writing in a manner that demonstrates cross-cultural empathy, self-awareness, open-mindedness, reciprocity, and responsiveness.
  6. Apply various business principles to recommend effective, ethical, and efficient business solutions to sustain and advance Indigenous Nations.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Administrative Services and Facilities Managers

$84,390

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$40,910

First-Line Supervisors of Gambling Services Workers

$46,420

Librarians and Media Collections Specialists

$48,740

Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other

$69,500

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$95,900

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

$85,430

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below, with links to salary information for the United States as a whole: * Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC105 Introduction to American Indian Studies Critical course Gateway course C 3
CPD103BE Native American Cultural Pride And Awareness 2
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
GBS151 Introduction to Business 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC141 Sovereign Indian Nations C, H, SB 3
AIS201 Tribal Management Seminar 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
AIS/SOC112 American Indian Policy 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
MAT14+ College Mathematics Or higer level math course in Mathematics area MA 5
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
AIS203 Fundamentals of Economic Development for Indigenous Nations 3
AIS113 Proposal Writing 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 4
MGT101 or
MGT175
Techniques of Supervision or Business Organization and Management 3
ACC111 or
MGT251 or
CIS105 or
GBS233 or
MGT296WB
Accounting Principles I or Human Relations in Business or Survey of Computer Information Systems or Business Communication or Cooperative Education Restricted Electives CS or L 2–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT296WC Cooperative Education 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC105 Introduction to American Indian Studies Critical course Gateway course C 3
CPD103BE Native American Cultural Pride And Awareness 2
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC141 Sovereign Indian Nations C, H, SB 3
AIS201 Tribal Management Seminar 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AIS/SOC112 American Indian Policy 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics Or higer level math course in Mathematics area MA 5
AIS203 Fundamentals of Economic Development for Indigenous Nations 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AIS113 Proposal Writing 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
ACC111 or
MGT251 or
CIS105 or
GBS233 or
MGT296WB
Accounting Principles I or Human Relations in Business or Survey of Computer Information Systems or Business Communication or Cooperative Education Restricted Electives CS or L 2–3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 4
MGT101 or
MGT175
Techniques of Supervision or Business Organization and Management 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT296WC Cooperative Education 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU or
GBS151
Humanities, Fine Arts & Design or Introduction to Business HU 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=143582).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.