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American Indian Studies

College of Liberal Arts

Director: Troy Johnson
Telephone: (562) 985-8203

Faculty: Richard Danay (Emeritus), Troy Johnson, Craig Stone, Gabriel Estrada

Academic Advisor: Troy Johnson
Interdisciplinary Degree Advisor: Troy Johnson
Department Secretary: Espie Contreras

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

Career Possibilities
American Indian Affairs • Social Scientist • Archivist, Social Worker • Journalist • Counselor • Teacher • Public Relations Consultant • Community Organizer • School Administrator • Linguist • Law Parole Officer • Probation Officer • Editor • Writer • Urban/Regional Planner • Public Policy Administrator • Foreign Policy Officer • Researcher (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)


American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary study of the American Indian. The American Indian Studies program options are designed to provide students with the various fields of knowledge of American Indian Studies with opportunities for emphasis on particular topical, cultural and geographical interests. It offers a broad liberal education focusing on American Indian culture, traditions, and social issues.

The courses in the program offer two distinct directions: (1) classes that contain course content solely directed toward American Indian culture in the North Western Hemisphere; and (2) courses that contain sections or units on American Indians that have content relevant to understanding the American Indian experience.

American Indian Studies is governed by a committee of faculty representing a variety of schools and departments throughout the University.

Students may pursue a program in American Indian Studies through a minor, a certificate, a concentration in American Indian Studies within the Liberal Studies Degree Program, or an individually-designed undergraduate special major program under the Interdisciplinary Studies Office.