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American Indian Studies

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in American Indian Studies program explores the unique experiences of the American Indian people living in the Southwest and provides students the opportunity to study the cultures, values, histories, and contemporary lives of the indigenous people of North America. The Certificate includes courses that investigate their language, literature, arts, philosophy, religions, and politics.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
American Indian Studies (CER)
Academic Plan Code
6208N
Total Credits Required
15
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Effective term
Fall 2020
Notes

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program

Federal Indian policy stipulates tribal preference in hiring, which should be considered in seeking employment with tribal nations and selected federal agencies. Seek advice of the tribal agency for available employment opportunities.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Examine the lifeways of Indigenous Peoples from time immemorial to the point of initial contact with non-Indigenous Peoples.
  2. Analyze the impact of Westernized social and political institutions upon Indigenous Nations during the eras of colonization.
  3. Examine the major U.
  4. Examine the scope of the past and present-day sovereign powers of Indigenous Nations.
  5. Analyze the past and present-day legal and political relationship between Indigenous Nations and U.
  6. Analyze the contemporary perspectives regarding diverse cultural, social, political, legal, and economic issues that continue to confront Indigenous Nations.
  7. Explain the role of Indigenous Nations within the sphere of international governmental relations.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. 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. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers

$64,952

Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

$63,489

Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers

$63,489

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Legal Support Workers, All Other
* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
Admission Criteria

None

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.

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
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS213/REL203 or
AIS/HIS140
American Indian Religions or American Indian History C, HU, L or C, H, SB 3

Restricted Electives 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS+++ Any AIS American Indian Studies course 3
ARH145 History of American Indian Art C, HU 3
CCS101 Chicana and Chicano Studies C, HU 3
ENH259 American Indian Literature C, HU 3
GCU221 Arizona Geography C, H, SB 3
HIS+++ Any HIS History course 3
NAV+++ Any NAV Navajo course 3
SPH245 Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest C, HU 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
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3
AIS213/REL203 or
AIS/HIS140
American Indian Religions or American Indian History C, HU, L or C, H, SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS+++ Any AIS American Indian Studies course 3
ARH145 History of American Indian Art C, HU 3
CCS101 Chicana and Chicano Studies C, HU 3
ENH259 American Indian Literature C, HU 3
GCU221 Arizona Geography C, H, SB 3
HIS+++ Any HIS History course 3
NAV+++ Any NAV Navajo course 3
SPH245 Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest C, 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.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=141923).


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.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021