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American Indian Studies

College of Liberal Arts

Pete the Prospector Statue

American Indian Studies - Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Track II (code L/STBA02) (120 units)

For advisement, contact the Liberal Studies Advisor in the College of Education.

American Indian Studies Concentration

A minimum of 24 units of which 15 must be at the upper division (300-400) level. A maximum of 12 units of course work used to meet requirements of the core may be used to satisfy the requirements of the concentration. In such "double-counting," one course may satisfy two requirements but the units apply to total degree requirements only once. Unit requirements in some concentrations exceed the 24 unit minimum; no concentration requires more than 32 units. Only one course may be taken Credit/No Credit.

Interdisciplinary Studies for American Indian Studies

Bachelor of Arts (code IDSCBA01)
Master of Arts (code IDSCMA01)

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program at CSULB allows students to design unique courses of study leading to a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Students wishing to pursue a self-designed Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on American Indian Studies should call 562-985-2426 for advisement. Students interested in a Master of Arts degree should call 562-985-4128 to contact an advisor.

Applications for the Interdisciplinary Studies Major are reviewed by the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and approvals are granted on a case-by-case basis.

For assistance, contact the American Indian Studies Interdisciplinary Degree Advisor, Dr. Troy Johnson in FO3-328. For an appointment, call 562-985-8703.

Certificate in American Indian Studies (code AIS_CT01)

Students pursuing any approved degree or credential program of the University may at the same time earn a Certificate in American Indian Studies. Courses taken to meet the requirements may also simultaneously be used, where applicable, to meet General Education requirements or the degree or credential requirements of cooperating departments. Certification of successful completion of requirements will be issued upon the recommendation of the American Indian Studies Program Director.


1. A Bachelor's degree with a major in a traditional discipline. (Certificate requirements may be completed prior to the completion of B.A. requirement).

2. Submission of all college/university transcripts to the academic advising coordinator, who will work with the student to develop a well-integrated program of studies. Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with the academic advising coordinator after having completed the lower division core courses.

3. A minimum of 24 units, distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

Lower Division Core Courses (9 units) from: AIS 101, 105, 106, 200, 208, 215.
Upper Division Core Courses (15 units) from: AIS 300, 319, 320, 335, 340, 361, 400, 420, 421, 485, 490, 497, 499.

Minor in American Indian Studies (code AIS_UM01)

Requirements: A minimum of 21 units.

Required Core Courses

Lower Division (9 units) from: AIS 101, 105, 106, 200, 208, 215.
Upper Division (12 units) from: AIS 300, 319, 320, 335, 340, 361, 400, 420, 421, 485, 490, 497, 499.