American Indian Studies, A.A.

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree in American Indian Studies prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges offering a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in American Indian Studies or related fields. The major requirement for an AA in American Indian Studies may be met by completing the pattern described below plus all MSJC General Education Option A requirements.

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General Education Option A

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
DAN-100
History and Appreciation of Dance
or World Music
3
MATH-140
Introduction to Statistics
or Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
ANTH-105 North American Indians (formerly ANTH-103A) 3
ENGL-103
Critical Thinking and Writing
or Critical Thinking and Composition
3
ART-101
Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art
or World Art
3
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
LIT-240 American Indian Literature (formerly ENGL-240) 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
ANTH-107
Indigenous People of Latin America (formerly ANTH-103D Latin American Cultures)
or California Indians
3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
Select one of the following: 3
Contemporary Social Problems  
Humans and Scientific Inquiry  
Introduction to Psychology  
 Units16
Spring Semester 2
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
Ethnic Politics in America  
ANTH-145 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (formerly Introduction to Language and Linguistics) 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
GEOL-100
Physical Geology
or Environmental Science
3-4
 Units13-14
 Total Units61-62

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to follow MSJC's General Education, Option A and complete all general education areas, all major requirements, and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required American Indian Studies Courses12
American Indian Studies Electives6
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ANTH-101Physical Anthropology3
or ANTH-101H Honors Physical Anthropology
ANTH-102Cultural Anthropology3
or ANTH-102H Honors Cultural Anthropology
ANTH-105North American Indians (formerly ANTH-103A)3
LIT-240American Indian Literature (formerly ENGL-240)3
or LIT-240H Honors American Indian Literature (formerly ENGL-240H)
Elective Courses
Select 6 units of the following:6
Indigenous People of Latin America (formerly ANTH-103D Latin American Cultures)
California Indians
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (formerly Introduction to Language and Linguistics)
Honors Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (formerly Introduction to Language and Linguistics)
Intercultural Communication
Honors Intercultural Communication
Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History (formerly Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History)
Honors Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History (formerly Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History)
Ethnic Politics in America
Honors Ethnic Politics in America
Intercultural Relations
Total Units18

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