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American Indian Studies (B.A.)

The American Indian Studies program provides students with opportunities to engage with American Indian communities within domestic contexts. The American Indian 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, non-profit 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
  • Value intercultural communication skills
  • Fascinated by history and politics
  • Interested 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

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning
  • Agricultural and Environmental Law
  • Art History

Suggested Minors

  • Political Science
  • English
  • Museum Studies
  • Youth and Community Work
  • Legal Studies

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Indian Student Association
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.