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Major: 3078
First Term: 2020 Fall   
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-62
CIP Code: 45.0604
Occupational Area: Government and Public Administration

Instructional Council: American Indian Studies (87)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of this degree, students may pursue a career as:
11-9151.00 Social and Community Service Managers
11-1021.00 General and Operations Manager
39-1011.00 Gaming Supervisors
19-3051.00 Urban and Regional Planners
25-9021.00 Farm and Home Management Advisors
11-3011.00 Administrative Services Managers
13-1199.01 Energy Auditors
11-3031.02 Financial Managers, Branch or Department
43-3031.00 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
27-3031.00 Public Relations Specialists
11-2031.00 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
11-3071.03 Logistics Managers
11-9039.00 Education Administrators, All Other
25-4011.00 Archivists
25-4021.00 Librarians
13-1199.05 Sustainability Specialist
13-1199.06 Online Merchants


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations is designed for students who plan to work directly with an Indigenous Nation. Students are provided with instruction and academic support in courses unique to the political, legal, economic, and social status of Indigenous peoples and their respective communities. MCCCD offers this unique program in recognition of the special political "trust relationship" between Indigenous Nations and the federal government of the United States. The program emphasizes inherent Indigenous sovereignty, self-governance, self-determination, federal Indian law, and policy that currently addresses development on Indigenous lands. The curriculum also develops skills and knowledge in business management principles, ethics, planning, leadership, organization, and operations. The AAS in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations may prepare students for careers with governmental entities, non-profit organizations, or for-profit enterprises within the sovereign jurisdiction of Indigenous Nations. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations is also available.



Required Courses
AIS/SOC105 Introduction to American Indian Studies 3
AIS/SOC112 American Indian Policy 3
+ AIS113 Proposal Writing 3
AIS141 Sovereign Indian Nations 3
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law 3
AIS201 Indigenous Nation Building 3
AIS203 Fundamentals of Economic Development for Indigenous Nations 3
CPD103BE Native American Cultural Pride and Awareness 2
GBS151 Introduction to Business 3
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3

MGT101 Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT175 Business Organization and Management (3) 3

+ MGT296WC Cooperative Education 3
Credits: 35

Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze the various ways in which Indigenous Peoples identify and organize themselves in relation to pre- and post-colonial contact. (AIS/SOC105, AIS/SOC112, AIS/SOC141, AIS201, CPD103BE, (CRE), [SB])
2. Examine the Indigenous concept of interconnectedness with respect to the Sacred, which is holistically and organically inclusive of culture, homeland, worldview, identity, nature, and sustainability. (AIS/SOC105, AIS/SOC112, AIS/SOC141, AIS/SOC160, AIS201, AIS203, CPD103BE, (CRE), [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
3. Assess the diverse political, economic, legal, cultural, and social systems of Indigenous Nations and the impact of the laws and policies of the United States on Indigenous Nations and their sovereignty. (AIS/SOC105, AIS/SOC112, AIS113, AIS/SOC141, AIS/SOC160, AIS201, AIS203, CPD103BE, (CRE), [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
4. Evaluate contemporary issues that challenge Indigenous Nations. (AIS/SOC105, AIS/SOC112, AIS113, AIS/SOC141, AIS201, AIS203, CPD103BE, [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
5. Communicate orally, visually, digitally, and in writing in a manner that demonstrates cross-cultural empathy, self-awareness, open-mindedness, reciprocity, and responsiveness. (AIS/SOC105, AIS/SOC112, AIS113, AIS/SOC141, AIS/SOC160, AIS201, CPD103BE, GBS233, MGT101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
6. Apply various business principles to recommend effective, ethical, and efficient business solutions to sustain and advance Indigenous Nations. (ACC111, AIS/SOC105, AIS/SOC112, AIS/SOC141, AIS/SOC160, AIS201, CIS105, GBS151, GBS233, MGT101, MGT175, MGT251, MGT253, MGT296WB, MGT296WC, (CRE), [MA])
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: November 26, 2019

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.