American Indian Studies Graduates 2015
The American Indian Studies program at San Diego State University is dedicated to teaching a broad range of topics related to the study of Native American peoples, while focusing on individual elements that comprise American Indian life, heritage and culture. By using literature, art, history, and politics as touchstones, students come to understand both the individual as well as the tribal character of the Indian peoples, with emphasis given to the tribes of Southern California. Coursework also draws comparisons between American Indian life and the life of other members of American society.


Our department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Indian Studies, and a minor in American Indian Studies. Students also take our courses as electives or as supplementary coursework for other programs. The only qualification for students enrolling in our courses is an interest in American Indians & the many facets of their heritage.

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Students taking our courses have the unique advantage of frequent, direct interaction with faculty. The four full-time and several part-time faculty are highly qualified individuals who have dedicated their academic careers to their field of study. They emphasize excellence in teaching and continually further their own knowledge by research, writing, and publishing in the area of American Indian Studies. Together with students, they are involved in a number of activities.

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The American Indian Studies Department provides connections between the SDSU community and the broader Native American community through public events such as the annual Pow Wow and the Youth Empowerment Conference, and by fostering relationships with a host of outreach programs and external organizations.

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