The American Indian Studies undergraduate degree is designed for students who wish to explore American Indian Studies from a broad viewpoint. Our program of study is housed in the College of Letters and Science with a group of related courses from various disciplines germane to American Indian studies. The major is considered a capstone major which not only requires students to engage in an internship within the American Indian community at large, but prompts students to take intiative in writing a capstone thesis. The  minor exposes students to Indian-related research and literature in a number of different disciplines, such as American Indian studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, and theater.

Entering the Minor

To enter the minor, students must be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average), have completed 45 units, and file a petition with the American Indian Studies Academic Coordinator, 3217 Campbell Hall, (310) 835-6541. All degree requirements, including the specific requirements for this minor, must be fulfilled within the unit maximum imposed by the College.

Required Lower Division Course (4 units): American Indian Studies M10 with a grade of C or better.

Required Upper Division Courses (28 units): Seven courses selected from the following:

(1) one American Indian languages and communication systems course (Anthropology C144, Linguistics 114, American Indian Studies M162)

(2) three history and social sciences courses from American Indian Studies C120, C121, C122SL, C130, 140, 158, C170, C175, C178, Anthropology 113Q, 113R, 114P, 114Q, 114R, 158, 172R, History 149A, 149B, 157B, Sociology M161, Women’s Studies 130

(3) three humanistic perspectives on language and expressive culture courses from American Indian Studies 180, oArt History C117A, C117C, C139A, 137, English 106, 180, Ethnomusicology 106A, 106B, Theater 103F.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major or minor requirements in another department or program, and at least 16 units applied toward the minor must be taken in residence at UCLA. Transfer credit for any of the above is subject to program approval; consult the interdepartmental adviser before enrolling in any courses for the minor.

All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each and an overall C average. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

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Entering the Capstone Major

American Indian Studies M10
Two courses from Anthropology 9: Political Science 40, Stat 12, Women’s Studies 10.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
1. Ten core courses (40 units), including:

(a) Comparative American Indian Societies: American Indian Studies M161

(b) Two language courses from Anthropology M140, C144, Linguistics 114, American Indian Studies M162

(c) Two history or law courses from American Indian Studies 140, 158, C170, History 149A, 149B, 157B

(d) One social sciences course from American Indian Studies C120, C121, C130, C175, C178, Anthropology CM168P, 172A, 172B, 172R, M172V, or 174P

(e) Two expressive culture courses from American Indian Studies 180, Art History 137, C139A, C139B, C139C, English 106, Ethnomusicology 106A,106B, Theatre 103F, 107

(f) One methodology course from Anthropology 115P, 117, 139, 143, 180, M186, Art History 100, Community Health Sciences 181, Comparative Literature 100, Ethnomusicology 180, Linguistics 160, Political Science 104A, 170A, Social Welfare 103, 106, Sociology 106A, 113, or World Arts and Cultures 195

(g) Either one ethnic/race/gender relations course (Afro-American Studies M120, M164, Anthropology M134, 152, M154P, M154Q, Asian American Studies 130A, M130B, M130C, 131, 132A, 133, 134, Chicana and Chicano Studies M182, Film and Television 128, Sociology 154, 156, M162, M167, Gender Studies M104C, 130, or 168). Psych 133g or one comparative indigenous studies course (Anthropology 153P, Comparative Literature 158, Geography 131, History 135A, or Sociology 157)

2. American Indian Studies C122SL experiential service learning or internship.

3. American Indian Studies 199C: Capstone Individual Studies Course

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