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American Indian and Indigenous Studies (B.A.)

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Defining Your Place

The American Indian and indigenous studies program provides students with opportunities to engage with American Indian communities within domestic contexts. The American Indian and indigenous studies program is committed to broadening the knowledge of students interested in the histories, languages, cultures, arts and contemporary situations of American Indian nations and people. The program emphasizes the historical and contemporary significance of American Indian experiences.  Graduates can seek advanced degrees in professional and graduate schools or careers in tribal, state or federal government levels, nonprofit organizations or community development. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Want to learn about American Indian cultures and Indigenous worldview.
  • Value intercultural communication skills.
  • Are fascinated by history and politics.
  • Are interested in community involvement.
  • Enjoy literature and language.

Career Opportunities

  • Community and youth development leader
  • Tribal or government employee
  • Teacher (requires additional coursework)
  • Social worker
  • Lawyer (with additional education)

Recent Employers

  • Federal government agencies
  • Local tribal agencies
  • Graduate school
  • Boys and Girls Club

Internship Opportunities

  • Local tribal agencies
  • National Park Service
  • American Indian education and cultural centers
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Museums and archives

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.