Jun 17, 2024  
2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog

American Indian Studies B.A. *

Location(s): Tahlequah

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OSRHE Program Code: 047
CIP Code: 050202
Major Code:  9410
Option Codes:

  • 9411 - General
  • 9412 - Sovereignty, Health and Current Issues

The Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies is designed for all persons interested in the cultural heritage and history of American Indian peoples. The major is a multi-disciplinary liberal arts program with required courses in anthropology, history, literature, and political science or criminal justice. Electives can be chosen from a broad choice of subjects which focus on Native Americans and their experiences as well as their influences within society.

American Indian Studies majors must also select a minor or a second major. Suggested minors include: Anthropology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Health Care Administration, History, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Legal Studies, Sociology, and Social Welfare. A student may want to consider selecting a second major in one of the above areas, or combining American Indian Studies with another appropriate major.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about American Indian contributions to the world and today’s global society.
  2. Learn about indigenous perspective through the study of American Indian expressive culture, oral traditions, and religious beliefs.
  3. Learn about the cultural diversity of Native Americans, focusing on subsistence patterns, kinship, and belief systems.
  4. Learn about archaeological methods and fields techniques necessary for the interpretation of prehistory and the relationship between archaeologists and American Indians.
  5. Learn about the prehistory and accomplishments of Native Americans.
  6. Learn about past and present issues affecting tribal sovereignty and well-being. (Sovereignty, Health and Current Wellness option)

General Education Requirements

A minimum of 46 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years.  For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements.  However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements.  Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information.  Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work.  See General Education Requirements  for more information.

Select one of the following:

General - 15 hours (9411)

15 hours of courses with an AIS prefix, including courses not used to fulfill core requirements. Other relevant courses may count at the discretion of the department chair.


Sovereignty, Health and Current Issues - 15 hours (9412)

(choose 15 hours)

Major Total - 36 hours

Minor - 18 hours

A minor is required for the American Indian Studies major.

Additional Degree Information - College of Liberal Arts

In addition to general education and program requirements stated above, additional hours may be needed to satisfy all minimum degree requirements listed below.

  • English Proficiency: Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • ​A minimum of 124 hours is required. PE activity is limited to four hours. Prior learning credit (CLEP, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc) is limited to 30 hours.
  • ​A minimum of 30 hours in residence (from NSU) is required for graduation. PE activity is limited to four hours. Hours in residence exclude zero-level courses and prior learning credit such as CLEP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc.​
  • A minimum of 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses is required for graduation.  ​
  • A minimum of 60 hours from a 4-year school is required for graduation excluding zero level and PE activity courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the major requirements must be upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level).
  • At least 18 hours or fifty percent of the major, whichever is greater, must be satisfactorily completed at NSU.
  • The minimum number of credit hours required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences varies based on the type of degree.  B.A., B.F.A. degrees require at least 80 hours.  B.S. degrees require at least 55 hours.  B.A.Ed., B.G.S., B.M.E. and B.S.W. degrees require at least 40 hours.  Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses are identified in catalog course descriptions.

For more information, see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .



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