College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Applied Indigenous Studies, Bachelor of Arts

Four Year Progression Plan

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. AIS101 Intro To Indigenous Studies 3 AIS101 Notes
Description: Studies indigenous peoples historically and contemporaneously, using case studies drawn from diverse cultures. Also traces indigenous studies as a field, with methods and content distinct from the disciplines that contribute to it. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Cultural Understanding and Ethnic
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Meets U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirement
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. AIS201 American Indian Expression 3
Description: Surveys art, literature, journalism, and modern works that constitute Native American expression and contribution to the American aesthetic tradition. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Cultural Understanding and Ethnic
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. AIS210 Current Amer Indian Govt 3 AIS210 Notes
Description: Provides overview of the development of modern tribal governments, their powers, and the problems they face; includes historical examination of North American indigenous societies. Cross-listed with POS 210. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Cultural Understanding and Ethnic
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: "cross-listed" with POS 210
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTSAS Liberal Studies (SAS) Course 3

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. AIS202 Roots Fedrl Amer Indian Policy 3
Description: Surveys basic concepts and ideologies surrounding modern U.S. federal Indian policy, emphasizing stereotypes, historical controversies, and cultural differences. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social & Political Worlds and Ethnic
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose from the following courses AIS 232, 290, 450, and 470; AIS 320 or POS 320; ANT 205, 301, 303, 306, 307, 351, 365, 406, 459, and 460; ARH 145; BIO 479; CCJ 415; COM 301; ECO 425; ES 191, 215, and 356; FOR 270 and 370;
list of courses to choose from continued; HIS 280, 293, 368, 380, 381, 385, 386, 413, 414; NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, 303, 304W, 311, 312, 321, 405, and 406; REL 201, 380; SC 323 and 477; SOC 315
Student may select from other courses approved by department that are not on the list above. See Advisor
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
4. LANGUAGE101 Language 101-level Course 4 LANGUAGE101 Notes
Notes: Course may be used to satisfy Cultural Understanding
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose from the following courses AIS 232, 290, 450, and 470; AIS 320 or POS 320; ANT 205, 301, 303, 306, 307, 351, 365, 406, 459, and 460; ARH 145; BIO 479; CCJ 415; COM 301; ECO 425; ES 191, 215, and 356; FOR 270 and 370;
ist of courses to choose from continued; HIS 280, 293, 368, 380, 381, 385, 386, 413, 414; NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, 303, 304W, 311, 312, 321, 405, and 406; REL 201, 380; SC 323 and 477; SOC 315
Student may select from other courses approved by department that are not on the list above.
2. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
3. LANGUAGE102 Language 102-level Course 4 LANGUAGE102 Notes
Notes: Course may be used to satisfy Cultural Understanding
4. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. AIS304 Indigenous Relatns: Comp Glbl 3 AIS304 Notes
Description: As a critical approach to the study of Federal Indian Law, this course will examine the basic principles of Indian Law in the United States in a comparative context, utilizing both other British-influenced legal systems (Canada, New Zealand, Australia) as well as those of other former colonial powers, such as Spain and France. The course would include an introduction to Federal Indian Law as usually conceived. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Sophomore Status or higher
Requirement Designation: Social & Political Worlds and Global
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Course may satisfy Global Diversity Requirement
2. AIS301W Communication Skills For AIS 3
Description: This is the required junior-level writing course for AIS students. It assists students with developing the communication skills needed by professionals working in indigenous communities and organizations. Students will develop skills in writing any of the following: policy, business plans, environmental impact statements, research reports, grants, and other documents as required. They will also develop oral and non-verbal communication skills which will focus on culturally sensitive communication. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ((ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) and AIS 101 and 6 hours AIS - Applied Indigenous Studies coursework and Junior Status or higher) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LANGUAGE201 Language 201-level Course (LS elective or CU) 4 LANGUAGE201 Notes
Notes: Required for BA
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. AIS350 Research In AIS 3
Description: The course introduces students to the ideological, political, and practical issues involved in managing and conducting research with indigenous communities. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: AIS 101 and one 200- or 300-level AIS-Applied Indigenous Studies course
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
2. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LANGUAGE202 Language 202-level Course (LS elective or CU) 4 LANGUAGE202 Notes
Notes: Required for BA

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. AIS404 Indigenous Nation-building 3
Description: Introduces literature on indigenous nation-building, including professional capacity-building in an indigenous context, public-private collaboration, and models of indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (AIS 301W and Senior Status) or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. AIS408 Fieldwork Experience 3 AIS408 Notes
Description: Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Involves providing reports for a cooperating tribe or agency. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for credit. Department consent required.
Prerequisite: Junior Status
Grade Required: Grade of "P" - "Pass"
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: traditionally offered during summer before or after senior year
May be taken for up to 12 units but only 3 units satisfies major requirement
3. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose from the following courses AIS 232, 290, 450, and 470; AIS 320 or POS 320; ANT 205, 301, 303, 306, 307, 351, 365, 406, 459, and 460; ARH 145; BIO 479; CCJ 415; COM 301; ECO 425; ES 191, 215, and 356; FOR 270 and 370;
list of courses to choose from continued; HIS 280, 293, 368, 380, 381, 385, 386, 413, 414; NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, 303, 304W, 311, 312, 321, 405, and 406; REL 201, 380; SC 323 and 477; SOC 315
Student may select from other courses approved by department that are not on the list above.
4. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. AIS490C Indigenous Nations In The 21st 3
Description: Involves a senior capstone project that applies the concepts of capacity-building for indigenous nations in the current era. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: AIS 404 or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose from the following courses AIS 232, 290, 450, and 470; AIS 320 or POS 320; ANT 205, 301, 303, 306, 307, 351, 365, 406, 459, and 460; ARH 145; BIO 479; CCJ 415; COM 301; ECO 425; ES 191, 215, and 356; FOR 270 and 370;
list of courses to choose from continued; HIS 280, 293, 368, 380, 381, 385, 386, 413, 414; NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, 303, 304W, 311, 312, 321, 405, and 406; REL 201, 380; SC 323 and 477; SOC 315
Student may select from other courses approved by department that are not on the list above.
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3 MINORCOURSE Notes
Notes: See Catalog or Advisor
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 114 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

NAU's Applied Indigenous Studies (AIS) major combines contemporary tribal management skills with respect for indigenous culture, knowledge, values and beliefs.  Students will combine classroom education and traditional tribal knowledge to work effectively within indigenous communities. The historical development of tribal self-determination and its impact on indigenous peoples provides the foundation for the AIS major.

Individualized coursework (AIS 408 and AIS 497) may be used toward your Applied Indigenous Studies Degree with prior written approval from your Applied Indigenous Studies faculty advisor and the Applied Indigenous Studies Department Chair. Students are strongly recommended to plan on enrolling in AIS 408 during the summer term. Students must speak with a faculty advisor to arrange the AIS 408 coursework.

Students may select from the following areas of interest and work with their faculty advisor to select course in support of their area of interest. The areas of interest include but are not limited to: Tribal policy, politics and administration; Indigenous environmental and human health sciences, policy and management; Cultural resource management and Indigenous knowledge; and Sustainable community economic development and Indigenous entrepreneurship.

You may also use AIS 299, AIS 399 or AIS 499 toward your plan requirements. These are topics courses that provide in-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within this plan. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units of credit.  A grade of  "C " or better is required in all coursework (42 units) required for this plan to earn your degree in Applied Indigenous Studies.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Applied Indigenous Studies http://www.ais.nau.edu
Social and Behavioral Sciences West Building (#70) Room 100
PHONE: 928-523-6624 FAX:  928-523-5560
Department Chair: Dr. Lomayumtewa Ishii
Phone: 928- 523-6512                           
Email address: AIS.nau.edu

Office of Academic Services and Advising
Social and Behavioral Sciences West Building (Bldg. 70) Room 114
PHONE: 928-523-6540 FAX: 928-523-7185
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu     
WEB Page: nau.edu/sbs/advising

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.