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American Indian Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #1089 (BCR) San Francisco, CA, United States
The American Indian Studies program of San Francisco State University is designed to challenge students to think critically about the differences and similarities between American Indians' lives of the past and present and their own.
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Overview

The American Indian Studies program of San Francisco State University has an emphasis in the curriculum placed on duality links the concerns of tribal communities with academic rigor, enabling our faculty to harness their expertise and passion for teaching in ways that lead to greater student cultural competence and prepares them to meet high expectations.

The curriculum is focused on four areas of emphasis:

  • California Indian Studies;
  • American Indian Creative Arts and Humanities;
  • Law, Politics, and Society; and
  • Science, Health, and Environmental Studies.

The knowledge base within these areas prepare students to work academically – and in advocacy – with both tribal and urban Native communities within California and the United States. The courses comprising the B.A. challenge students to actively question the most ingrained myths about American Indians, the roles they have played in the United States and internationally over time, and the goals of historical and contemporary cultural maintenance and revitalization movements.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Completing the Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies (AIS) empowers students to do the following:

  • Students will understand the complex histories, politics, and social issues confronting Native peoples in the context of U.S. colonization, imperialism, and globalization. This understanding will include awareness of the diverse political strategies used by Native peoples to confront the historical legacies of dispossession, genocide, and social inequity and discrimination, including legal action for land restoration and cultural conservation/revitalization efforts.
  • Students will compare and contrast the uniqueness of Native epistemologies and their articulation in contemporary forms of cultural media, such as through literature and the creative arts.
  • Students will gain invaluable experiential knowledge through community service learning, as a way of connecting classroom education to career preparation and advisement.
  • Students will develop the necessary analytical, oral communication, information literacy, and writing skills to prepare them for careers or graduate school in areas related to American Indian Studies.

Career paths

An American Indian Studies major provides a diverse foundation of knowledge and skills that can be applied to a number of careers. American Indian Studies alumni have and can anticipate securing employment in: agricultural and pastoral enterprises, environmental and cultural rights organizations, ethnography and cultural programs, health care and social work, media and communications industries, museums and cultural centers, teaching, tribal businesses and government, the traditional arts, and federal and state agencies like the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Indian Health Services, National and State Park Services, Title IX Indian Education Program, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Fall - TBD

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • American Indian History in the United States
  • Survey of Native California
  • American Indians and U.S. Laws
  • American Indian Studies Research Methodologies
  • American Indian Studies Senior Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the CSU Application
  • Students will be required to submit official, original or certified/attested copies of all original academic documents in the original language of issue
  • Applicants who are presently attending a college or university in the United States must, in addition to their international records, submit official transcripts of all work completed and in progress
  • Applicants must be qualified to enter a university in their home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pay a $55.00 application fee
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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