American Indian Studies at CSULB is an academic program committed to Indigenous research and scholarship; to create awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect for the legacy of Native American Peoples everywhere, particularly in the contiguous United States. We offer a minor and Certificate in American Indian Studies that is an excellent preparation for many professional fields:
- General Education and Native American education
- Native-American community-based non-profits
- Tribal, state and federal agencies
- Graduate school, Public Administration, Law School
Our goal is excellence in educating all students, Native and non-Native, and the public about the Native American experience with significant attention to our complex history within the United States and the inter-cultural/inter-tribal heritage of California
American Indian Studies Learning Outcomes
Students who earn a minor or certificate in American Indian Studies should have current knowledge of:
1. Histories, languages, cultures, arts and contemporary situations of American Indian nations and people.
2. A multiple perspective on a range of issues, including formation of federal Indian policy, aesthetics, cross-cultural communication and conflict and tribal identity.
In the course of learning the above, students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of:
1. American Indian history, pre-contact to 1871, American Indian History, post 1987, and California Indian History.
2.U. S. Diversity, The Ethnic Experience in the U.S..
3. Contemporary Issues in American Indian Studies including American Indians in Cinema, American Indian Philosophies, the Advanced Historiography of American Indian People, and Federal Indian Law
4. American Indian Traditional Material Culture, Arts and Crafts, and American Indian Art and Material Culture.
5. A philosophical understanding of American Indian self-determination and Indigenous pedagogy
Students who earn a minor or certificate in American Indian Studies are expected to master a skill base that includes:
- a. Research Skills
- b. Communication Skills
- c. Problem Solving Skills
- d. A baseline knowledge of Indigenous Issues Valuable to Native Communities, Leadership, and Governmental Agencies