Academic Certificate in American Indian Studies

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC105 Introduction to American Indian Studies Critical course Gateway course C 3
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS213/REL203 or
AIS/HIS140
American Indian Religions or American Indian History C, HU, L or C, H, SB 3

Restricted Electives 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS+++ Any AIS American Indian Studies course 3
ARH145 History of American Indian Art C, HU 3
CCS101 Chicana and Chicano Studies C, HU 3
ENH259 American Indian Literature C, HU 3
GCU221 Arizona Geography C, H, SB 3
HIS+++ Any HIS History course 3
NAV+++ Any NAV Navajo course 3
SPH245 Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest C, HU 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC105 Introduction to American Indian Studies Critical course Gateway course C 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3
AIS213/REL203 or
AIS/HIS140
American Indian Religions or American Indian History C, HU, L or C, H, SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS+++ Any AIS American Indian Studies course 3
ARH145 History of American Indian Art C, HU 3
CCS101 Chicana and Chicano Studies C, HU 3
ENH259 American Indian Literature C, HU 3
GCU221 Arizona Geography C, H, SB 3
HIS+++ Any HIS History course 3
NAV+++ Any NAV Navajo course 3
SPH245 Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest C, HU 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.