Course Flyers & Learning Outcomes

Course Flyers & Learning Outcomes

AIS 101 Introduction to  Native American People

IMG_2649Earn D2 GE Credit

This introduction to American Indian Studies fulfills D2 G.E. course credit and engages with the course topics with readings, media and guest lectures by American Indians & AIS Professors during the semester.  Students have the opportunity to interact with experts in various aspects of American Indian Studies who are often members of the particular Tribal Nations studied in the course materials.

Service Learning is also an option for students who elect to volunteer with Native American Cultural Organizations or the Annual Pow Wow during the semester.            


Become a Volunteer for CSULB’s Largest Student Sponsored Event

IMG_3149This Spring Semester over 6,000 people will come to CSULB to enjoy the largest and one of the oldest student sponsored event at CSULB — the Annual CSULB Pow Wow. Meet new people, learn about the deeper meaning of American Indian Culture and get involved at CSULB.

Note: Student volunteer positions for the CSULB Pow Wow are generally limited to students enrolled in American Indian Studies courses and/or students who are actively involved with the American Indian Student Council or CSULB AISES.


Mission Statement

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. 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:

  1. Research Skills
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Problem Solving Skills
  4. A baseline knowledge of Indigenous Issues Valuable to Native Communities, Leadership, and Governmental Agencies