AIS 220: American Indian Religion
Course provides a survey of American Indian religions, philosophies, and world views.
AIS 240: American Indians and Environmental Issues
Course provides an overview and examination of environmental issues related to American Indians during the 19th to 21st centuries.
AIS 290: American Indian Education: Equity and Social Justice
Compares and contrasts American Indian traditional systems of knowledge with western constructs. Provides an introduction to the legacy of Indian boarding school policies, as well as evaluates the contemporary challenges that American Indians experience in educational systems, such as high dropout rates, low college matriculation rates, and the impact of cultural differences embedded in these trends.
AIS 348: American Indian Communities
An in-depth examination of American Indian communities, with special emphasis on Southern California Indian communities. Students will understand contemporary issues and concerns facing American Indians today. Themes covered include, tribal sovereignty, demography, decolonization, education, identity, environment, health and wellness, cultural survival, and cultural empowerment. In partnership with local tribes, students will apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained in the classroom to help address environmental, social, and cultural issues within the community. Includes community work and has a field component.
AIS 350: Imagining Indians: American Indians, Mass Media, Film and Society
Designed to provide students with a critical analysis and deeper understanding of American Indian cultures at the intersection of the Mass Media. Examines American Indian cultures as part of the American entertainment cinema, television and as mascots for team sports.
AIS 370: American Indian Women and Activism
Examines the roles of American Indian women in politics, social work, academia, business, environmental, health issues, culture and community. Compares and contrasts the ideology of the predominantly white feminist movement with the goals and concerns of the “Red Power” movement and will emphasize American Indian socio-cultural values and concerns.
AIS 390: Independent Study in American Indian Themes
Allows students to explore historical, cultural, social, and environmental questions significant to native communities under the supervision of a faculty member in the appropriate discipline.
AIS 400: Contemporary American Indian Health and Wellness
Examines American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) health and wellness from a contemporary public and community health/epidemiologic perspective.
AIS 440: American Indian Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Practice
Comprehension of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its application in the relationship, care, and management of natural environment and resources such as land, water, plants and animals in American Indian communities.
AIS 481: American Indian Archaeological Monitoring
Students work with local Native American bands concerning cultural preservation and the monitoring of archaeological sites threatened by development. Students examine traditional land use management and the traditional knowledge associated with specific sites.
AIS 498: Internship in an American Indian Community
Capstone of the Native Studies minor. Designed to equip students for service to native communities. Students will be expected to provide faculty-monitored service with institutions serving reservation or urban native communities, such as (but not limited to) schools, libraries, clinics, urban service centers, youth programs, and study projects supervised by native entities (such as environmental studies).