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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in American Indian Studies

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in American Indian Studies provides a multi-disciplinary academic approach to studying Indigenous Peoples, their cultures, struggles, and maintaining sovereignty and self-determination. This degree empowers students to effectively work in urban and rural environments, and government agencies, and help Native Nations. Coursework focuses on historic relations with non-Indian societies, the development of federal Indian law, tribal governments, treaty rights, environmental issues, public policy, economic development, cultural preservation, and contemporary social issues. This degree provides students with the foundational coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the field.

Details

Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Degree Type
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in American Indian Studies (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8126
Total credits required
60-64
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

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

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Analyze tribal, federal, state, and municipal governmental policy and legal interactions related to inherent sovereignty.
  2. Collaborate effectively to identify and examine issues at the tribal, state, and national levels that affect the holistic well-being of Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Examine the Indigenous concept of interconnectedness with respect to the Sacred, which is holistically and organically inclusive of culture, homeland, worldview, identity, nature, and sustainability.
  4. Analyze the various ways in which Indigenous Peoples identify and organize themselves in relation to pre- and post-colonial contact.
  5. Analyze the impacts of sovereign powers at the tribal, state, and federal levels in relation to the international governmental forum.
  6. Examine the laws, codes, and statutes at the tribal, federal, and state levels.
  7. Examine the impact of political diversity and historic, socio-economic, contemporary, and cultural contexts on Indigenous Peoples and their respective cultures.
  8. Perform academic research and writing in accordance with ethical standards and scholarly practices.
  9. Effectively communicate orally, visually, digitally, and in writing in a manner that demonstrates cross-cultural empathy, self-awareness, open mindedness, and responsiveness.
  10. Illustrate the ways in which the influences of past and current social and political institutions promote inequalities, privileges, stereotypes, mistrust, and biases that continue to extrinsically shape the identity of Indigenous Peoples.
  11. Value Indigenous knowledge as it relates to multi-generational cultural education, including elderhood, oral traditions, and aesthetics.
  12. Examine the endangerment of Indigenous language extinction and the acceleration of Indigenous culture loss as well as the efforts to revitalize and restore them.
  13. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. 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.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$66,900

First-Line Supervisors of Gambling Services Workers

$47,990

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

$59,360

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

$63,060

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$48,160

Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other

$44,700

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$61,000

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$66,330

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$56,880

Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary

$29,580

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Historians
* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

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 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 FYE101 and FYE103. 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.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Critical course Gateway course C 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
MA 3鈥6
CS 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
or
or
or
or or or Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies: / L 3
AIS/ satisfies a required course for AC in American Indian Studies C, H 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies: / OR American Indian Literature HU 3
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies:
OR AIS/ OR AIS/
SB 3
SQ 4
Elective Elective Recommended: OR OR OR OR OR OR 0鈥3
Elective Elective Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies:
OR OR OR OR OR OR OR
0鈥3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SG or SQ 4
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies: / OR American Indian Literature HU 3
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies:
OR AIS/ OR AIS/
SB 3
Elective Elective 0鈥3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Critical course Gateway course C 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
AIS/ satisfies a required course for AC in American Indian Studies C, H 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3鈥6
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies: / L 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or CS or CS 3
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies:
OR AIS/ OR AIS/
SB 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or
or or or Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies: / OR American Indian Literature HU 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies:
OR AIS/ OR AIS/
SB 3
Elective Elective Recommended: OR OR OR OR OR OR 0鈥3
Elective Elective Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies:
OR OR OR OR OR OR OR
0鈥3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ 4
Elective Elective 0鈥3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SG or SQ 4
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies: / OR American Indian Literature 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.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

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.