BS American Indian Studies


Are you interested in topics in Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination and human rights? In this dynamic, comprehensive program, you explore the rich cultural knowledge and lived experiences of American Indians. You learn to address complex issues while reinvigorating and sustaining the well-being and intellectualism of Indigenous peoples worldwide.

Program Description

The BS program in American Indian studies provides students with unique opportunities to evaluate issues of American Indian nations within domestic and international contexts.

The American Indian studies program is committed to broadening the knowledge of students interested in the histories, languages, cultures, arts and contemporary situations of American Indian nations and peoples, and it encompasses legal, policy, community and economic development as well as arts, languages and culture.

The program is designed to protect the integrity and identity of the Indigenous populations of North America and to create a learning environment conducive to critical and creative thought.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

Graduates of the American Indian studies program are qualified to fill positions at the tribal, state and federal government levels and in the private sector. They can pursue professional careers in fields such as government service or public service. For example, federally and tribally operated schools located in remote areas within Indian Country have high turnover rates for both teachers and staff. American Indian studies graduates should be available to help fill these positions. Furthermore, the federal government, a major employer on many reservations across the country, is in need of qualified people who are knowledgeable in Indian cultures, laws and policies. Additionally, many American Indian nations' economies and infrastructures are developing at a rapid pace, and they are in continuous need to fill mid-management and management-level positions.

Graduates find positions in many areas, such as:

  • community action work
  • public administration (tribal or state relations, nonprofit management, education administration, planner)
  • public health
  • the arts
  • tribal employment (political office, tribal management, cultural resource programming, grant writer, cultural specialist, youth services)

This program also provides suitable preparation for the advancement to graduate study or law school.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Advocate


  • Growth: 16.8%
  • Median Salary*: $35,960
  Bright Outlook

Cultural Studies Professor


  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $78,840
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General Manager (GM)


  • Growth: 5.8%
  • Median Salary*: $103,650
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Museum Curator


  • Growth: 12.6%
  • Median Salary*: $56,990
  Bright Outlook

Politician


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: $33,200
  Bright Outlook

Recreation Coordinator


  • Growth: 10.0%
  • Median Salary*: $28,440
  Bright Outlook

Security Manager


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Social Services Director


  • Growth: 17.0%
  • Median Salary*: $69,600
  Bright Outlook

Tour Guide


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
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Tutor


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



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Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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