College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Department of Applied Indigenous Studies

Applied Indigenous Studies, Bachelor of Arts

This degree explores governance, nation-building, and other implementation issues facing indigenous peoples both in the Americas and around the globe. The plan grounds students in tribal histories and cultures, governmental policies, sustainable economic development, cultural co-opting, and contemporary conditions on native lands and reservations. Students round out their studies with four terms of language (or via CLEP-demonstrated proficiency).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Indigenous Studies?

The Applied Indigenous Studies program emphasizes contemporary tribal management skills and respect for the knowledge, values, and beliefs of indigenous cultures. You will prepare to tackle challenges facing today's Native communities by complementing contemporary scholarship with traditional tribal knowledge. Gain critical skills in economic development, policy articulation, and environmental studies. Study tribal histories and cultures, federal Indian policies, and contemporary reservation conditions. You will be encouraged to pursue research, fieldwork, and teaching opportunities. You'll graduate with the tools you need to contribute to your community.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Economic development
  • Ecosystem science and management
  • Environmental resource practice
  • Lobbying

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Ecosystem science and management
  • Policy analysis
  • University professor
  • Counselor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 42 units of major requirements
  • At least 16 units of language requirements
  • At least 18 units of minor requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an AIS prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
University Honors Program Optional
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Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
  • You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
Foreign Language Requirement
  • You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams. 

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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