Bachelor of Arts in Applied Indigenous Studies

The BA degree requires a foreign language requirement, while the BS degree does not. To earn the BA degree, you must complete at least 120 units of course work:

  • at least 42 units of major requirements
    • be aware that you may not use courses with an AIS prefix to satisfy these liberal studies requirements
     
  • at least 16 units of language requirements 
  • at least 18 units of minor requirements 
  • elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
  • at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements

Interest areas

If you have a particular interest in the following areas, you should work with your adviser to select courses in support of that area of interest: 

  • tribal policy, politics and administration
  • indigenous environmental and human health sciences, policy and management
  • cultural resource management and indigenous knowledge
  • sustainable community economic developmental and indigenous entrepreneurship

Major requirements

You must take at least the following 42 units with a grade of "C" or better in each course:

  • required core courses: AIS 101, 201, 202, 210, 304, 350, 404, and 408 (24 units)
  • AIS 490C, which meets the university’s senior capstone requirement (3 units)
  • AIS 301W, which meets the university’s junior writing requirement (3 units) 
  • complete 12 units from one of the following, with no more than 4 units in any one course prefix:
    • AIS 232, 290, 450, 470;
    • AIS 320 or POS 320;
    • ANT 205, 301, 303, 306, 307, 351, 365, 406, 459, 460;
    • ARH 145;
    • CCJ 415;
    • COM 301;
    • CST 323, 477;
    • ES 191, 215, 356;
    • FOR 270, 370;
    • HIS 280, 293, 368, 380, 381, 385, 386, 413, 414;
    • NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, 303, 304W, 311, 312, 321, 405, 406;
    • REL 201, 380;
    • SOC 315;
    • other courses approved by the department chair

Language requirement 

You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university course work in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams arranged by the Center for Business Outreach.

Because these courses are available at Northern Arizona University, we suggest that you fulfill this requirement with either Navajo or Spanish, depending on your career aspirations. 

Minor requirements 

You must complete a minor from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your adviser, you should select a minor that’s appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor adviser will advise you about this part of your academic plan.

For more information, please reference the academic catalog.