American Indian Studies

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? The program scope is focused on Natives of California, North American Indian cultures, environmental concerns, genders, histories, laws and music with the aim of preparing students to work with Native groups and urban communities in California and throughout United States. Students learn to understand American Indians within an interdisciplinary and comparative curriculum, based in solid theoretical and applied frameworks, that balances classroom education with active community participatory learning.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: This Advising Worksheet (pdf)  can help AIS majors and minors. 
When should I first meet with my major department? The American Indian Studies Department faculty encourage students to meet with advisors at their earliest convenience.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? All tenured faculty in the American Indian Studies Department faculty serve as major advisors. Prospective students should feel free to email the faculty member of their choice.
Where can I find information about major advising? Information about major advising can be found on the American Indian Studies website (
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No. American Indian Studies 100 prepares students for the rigors of course work within the American Indian Studies major.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Major core and/or prerequisite courses are offered every semester. This is to ensure that students make timely progress towards degree. Please be sure to use an American Indian Studies major roadmap to reduce barriers to progress. 

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Not applicable.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Yes. American Indians Studies 100: Introduction to American Indian Studies offers prospective majors a solid foundation for course work within the major.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No. Should one encounter such problems, however, please contact the department chair.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, in Social Justice Studies.

[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

The following courses enable prospective students to get started on the major core while fulfilling GE requirements:

AIS 100 Introduction to American Indian Studies (Units: 3) GE Fulfilled: Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities, Social Justice.

AIS 150 American Indian History in the United States (Units: 3) GE Fulfilled: U.S. History, D2: Social Sciences: U.S. Hist, Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities, Social Justice.

AIS 205 American Indians and U.S.Laws (Units: 3) GE Fulfilled: U.S. Govt CA State Local Govt., D3: Social Sciences: US CA Gov., Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities, Social Justice.

AIS 235 American Indians: Image and Issues in the Mass Media (Units: 3) GE Fulfilled: C1: Arts, Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities, Social Justice.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Not applicable.



College of Ethnic Studies Advising Center (ESAC)

Services provided for: undergraduate students in the College of Ethnic Studies majors, minors and courses.

Services include: Advising for general education, non-major graduation requirements, major requirements, graduation check (GE and major/minor), academic probation, study abroad, academic scholarship and honors.

Phone: (415) 338-6162