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Native American Studies (AA) Behavioral Sciences Total Units: 19
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Term Effective: Fall 2018


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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze and compare cultural traditions such as kinship, childrearing, religion, magic, political systems, language, and relationship to nature within a global context.  
  2. Describe the history and traditions of representative Native cultures of North America, including indigenous cultural responses to the colonial influences of European and other cultural contacts.  
  3. Analyze, interpret, and discuss the arts of diverse Native American cultures, including worldviews, practices and oral traditions, as expressed in their material culture within an historical context.  
  4. Describe and analyze the interrelated roles of race, ethnicity, and gender in shaping political and cultural institutions in the United States.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Native American Studies (AA) program are:

  • Complete 19 units from
    • Native American Studies Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Native American Studies Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 32Native Cultures of North America3.00
ANTHRO 43Native American Art and Culture3.00
HIST 21Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 4Ancient Peoples and Society3.00
ANTHRO 21American Folklore and Folklife3.00
ANTHRO 31Mesoamerican Origins of Latino Culture3.00
ANTHRO 34Native Cultures of California3.00
COMM 7Intercultural Communication3.00
COUN 74Identity and Cultural Diversity3.00
HIST 22History of California3.00
HIST 26History of Chicanos and Latinos from 1848 to Present3.00
HUMAN 6Humanities in the United States3.00
PSYCH 34The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination3.00
RELS 32Religion in America3.00
SOC 30Race and Ethnic Relations3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2018

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2019

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.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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