May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American Indian Studies

Director: Craig Stone

Program Department Office: F03-308

Telephone: (562) 985‑8703

Faculty: Craig Stone

Academic Advisor: Craig Stone

Department Administrative Support Coordinator: Art Neri Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

College: College of Liberal Arts  

Courses: AIS  

Career Possibilities

American Indian/Multicultural Education • Community Organization • Non-Profit Work •  Social Work  • Healthcare  • Environmental Studies  • Public Policy • Business  • Cultural Preservation  • Tribal, State and Federal Government  • Higher Education  • Public Administration  • Law and Law Enforcement  • Engineering • Business • (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


The Program in American Indian Studies is a dynamic and longstanding academic program designed to prepare students and professionals with an integrated course of study in American Indian history, culture, art, politics, education and social work through participatory research, community-engaged scholarship, and experiential learning. AIS serves the diverse and dynamic needs of our regional, urban, and California/American Indian populations through a curriculum grounded in place-based knowledge, American Indian epistemology, activist history, and community-based practices of resistance, revitalization, and continuity. Our courses provide students with workforce ready skills, knowledge, and experience for dynamic educational and career preparation. Our faculty are subject-matter experts that have a record of community and cultural competency as practitioners in their respective fields/areas of applied research, experience, and study.

The Program in American Indian Studies offers a Native American Cultures Minor  (15 units)  and a American Indian and Indigenous Studies Certificate   (21 units) for MA students and for continuing students seeking professional development. The Minor and/or the Certificate can be combined with many majors in the College of Liberal Arts.




      American Indian Studies

      Note: General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.