Tribal Development - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Tribal Development program is designed to prepare individuals to assume positions of management and leadership within tribal communities. The college, in recognition of its special relationship to the Indian community, offers this innovative program in Tribal Development. The program requirements include courses unique to tribal development in addition to courses which provide a broad preparation in management and supervision. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Tribal Development is also offered.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

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Program Contacts

Manuel Pino, American Indian Studies Program Director
Office: SBE-138
Phone: (480) 423-6221

Ana Cuddington, American Indian Program Director
Office: ICC-203
Phone: (480) 423-6531

Stefani Parks, Administrative Assistant
Office: SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AIS/SOC105Introduction to American Indian Studies3
AIS/SOC112American Indian Policy3
AIS113Proposal Writing3
AIS/SOC160American Indian Law3
AIS201Tribal Management Seminar3
CPD103BENative American Cultural Pride and Awareness2
GBS131Business Calculations3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT175Business Organization and Management (3)3
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
MGT296WCCooperative Education3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC111Accounting Principles I3
AIS203Fundamentals of Economic Development for Indigenous Nations3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
GBS233Business Communication3
MGT296WBCooperative Education2
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM225Public Speaking3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved General Education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
AIS/SOC141Sovereign Indian Nations3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in Natural Sciences area.
  • Describe the political, economic and social structures of American Indian nations and trace the impact of European contact and Western social systems on tribal nations. (AIS105)
  • Identify major historical and contemporary Federal Government policies and explain their impact on American Indian Nations. (AIS/SOC112)
  • Identify, describe and use the techniques and methodology to develop a proposal for Indian programs. (AIS113)
  • Analyze the legal system of the Federal Government as it applies to American Indian Nations and examine its impact on Indian sovereignty. (AIS/SOC160)
  • Describe the relationship between general management issues and specific applications to tribal government situations. (AIS201)
  • Identify personal strengths, which enhance personal, social, vocational, and educational decisions. (CPD103BE)
  • Apply basic arithmetic and mathematics to business problems, to include percentage, interest, discount, and markups. (GBS131)
  • Identify and describe the fundamental characteristics and functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations and business risk and records. (GBS151)
  • Identify and describe the responsibilities of supervisors in industry, business, and government. (MGT101) OR
  • Identify the basic management principles and functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. (MGT175)
  • Identify and describe the concepts of labor-management relationships, including motivation, leadership, communication, and cultural differences that may cause conflict. (MGT251)
  • Perform work-related duties in a responsible and professional manner. (MGT296WC)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.