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Native American Studies (AA) Ethnic Studies Total Units: 18
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Term Effective: Spring 2023


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. 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, self-determination, liberation, decolonization, and anti-racism.
  2. 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.
  3. Analyze the intersection of Native identity and sovereignty with race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality through analysis of federal, state, and tribal policies.
  4. Understand the unique nation-to-nation relationship between the U.S. and tribal nation governments through analysis of treaties, Congressional acts, and case law.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Native American Studies Requirements

Native American Studies Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ETHST 24Introduction to Native American Studies3.00
ETHST 25The American Indian and the U.S. Political System3.00
ETHST 26The Original Californians3.00
ETHST 27American Indians Today3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 34Native Cultures of California3.00
ANTHRO 43Native American Art and Culture3.00
COUN 7Identity and Cultural Diversity3.00
ETHST 20Introduction to Ethnic Studies3.00
HIST 21Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture3.00
HIST 22History of California3.00
PSYCH 34The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination3.00
SOC 30Race and Ethnic Relations3.00
THAR 6Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre3.00

Term Effective: Spring 2023

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 2024

Previous Versions:

Native American Studies - effective Fall 2022
Native American Studies - effective Fall 2020
Native American Studies - effective Fall 2019
Native American Studies - effective Fall 2018

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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