The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
The Native American Studies Associate in Arts is designed to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in Native American Studies, American Indian Studies, or Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Native American Cultural Studies. The degree offers an interdisciplinary approach that includes Native American visual arts, literature, religious traditions, and history, as well as the interaction of Native American cultures with non-native cultures within a larger historical context of California and the United States.
The Associate Degree in Native American Studies also prepares students to serve in a variety of
capacities. Graduates can attain positions with: tribes, indigenous organizations, federal, state, and local
governments, social service agencies, non-profit organizations, community organizations, museums,
youth-serving organizations, schools, and research centers, among others.
- Identify examples of American Indian traditional knowledge and counter narratives, and apply these to current socio-geopolitical issues, including racialization, equity, ethnocentrism, eurocentrism, settler colonialism, selfdetermination, liberation, decolonization, and anti-racism.
- Distinguish and compare Native American stereotypes and explain how these stereotypes were created, why they are sustained in modern society, and how they perpetuate the process of racialization, settler colonialism, and eurocentrism.
- Analyze the intersection of Native identity and sovereignty with race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality through analysis of federal, state, and tribal policies.
- Understand the unique nation-to-nation relationship between the U.S. and tribal nation governments through analysis of treaties, Congressional acts, and case law.