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American Indian Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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American Indian Studies provides a holistic framework for understanding the critical challenges Native North America has and will face. It focuses on issues of sovereignty, social and cultural diversity, colonialism, natural resource management, education, nation building, entrepreneurship, ethical and collaborative scholarship, creativity, and the inclusion of Native voices.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 105 or PHIL 110 4
ENGL 101 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Language 4
3rd Semester
AIS 200 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
2nd Language 4
4th Semester
AIS 220 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
AIS Literature 3
2nd Language 4
5th Semester
AIS Law & Policy 3
AIS Societies & Cultures 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
AIS Elective 3
6th Semester
AIS Natural Resources 3
AIS Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
AIS Elective 3
7th Semester
AIS 448 3
AIS Upper Division Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
8th Semester
AIS 493 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

A major in American Indian Studies provides students with a broad understanding of the cultures, histories, creativities, philosophies, and societies of the Indigenous Peoples of North America and their political and economic relationship to external governments and societies in a changing and increasingly globalized world. This major area of study provides a strong interdisciplinary career foundation. Graduates may work in fields including education, community health, environmental research, public policy, cultural preservation, and international relations. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate study in American Indian Studies, public health, law, business, journalism, or public administration.American Indian Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Many of the career areas and job titles below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Cultural preservation
  • Research
  • Environmental field work/advocacy
  • International relations
  • Social services
  • Health care/promotion
  • Education
  • Translation
  • Legal services
  • Media
  • Tourism
  • Business

Sample Employers

  • Consulates
  • Government agencies
  • Cultural centers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Travel agencies
  • Community and international health organizations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Legal offices
  • Social services organizations
  • Media outlets
  • Businesses

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Census Bureau Statistician $30,380 - $91,680
Community Relations Director, Radio Station $20,000 - $48,000
Demographer $39,790 - $72,430
Environmental Activist $20,000 - $50,000
Foreign Correspondent $40,000 - $120,000
Foreign Service Officer $40,365 - $55,725
Government Archivist $35,000 - $75,000
Historic Preservationist $23,440 - $50,550
Housing Specialist $39,790 - $72,430
Human Services Worker $19,620 - $46,620
International Aid Worker $25,000 - $50,000
Nonprofit Program Director $35,000 - $65,000
Patient Advocate $34,450 - $65,540
Public Interest Advocate $25,000 - $35,000
Public Opinion Researcher $18,950 - $47,720
Translator/Interpreter $22,180 - $51,940