The American Indian Studies Program at San Diego State University
American Indian Studies Outreach Programs
- American Indian Recruitment Program (AIR)
- SDSU Powwow
- American Indian Youth Empowerment Conference
- American Indian Graduation Ceremony
- American Indian Community Advisory Board
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Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program
Elymash Yuuchaap is the Kumeyaay Nation way of saying "Youth Think." The Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program supports the cultural, social, academic and leadership development of students committed to the sovereign identity and progress of Indigenous communities. The program is designed to mentor and provide community-service learning experiences for students pursuing higher education and preparing to serve Indigenous communities. Scholars attend a series of leadership seminars and service activities, with topics and activities developed by community and tribal leaders, with support from SDSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Each scholar is expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Throughout the year, scholars are also invited to participate in special events with nationally recognized speakers, local community leaders, and university officials.
Learn more about the Elymash Yuuchaap program
Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
Established in 1971, the Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
continues its mission as an active student organization promoting
a Native American presence on campus. NASA hosts an array of
events to promote the recruitment and retention of Native American
and Alaskan Native students; to maintain and promote the truth,
accuracy, and the history of Native people; and to honor and
respect the various Native cultures and traditions.
Learn more about the Native
American Student Alliance
Learn more about the Major and Minor in American Indian Studies
First Nations Studies Exchange Program
SDSU American Indian Studies – UBC First Nations Studies Exchange
Program Open to all SDSU students who have taken at least one year of coursework and are in good academic standing (GPA of 2.5 or higher). Participating students will
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The American Indian Studies program at San Diego State University
focuses on individual elements that comprise the Native American
cultures. Using literature, art, history and politics as touchstones,
students come to understand the individual as well as tribal character
of the Indian peoples. The academic area also draws comparisons
between American Indian life and the life of other members of American
The only qualification for students enrolling in American Indian
Studies courses is an interest in American Indians and the many
facets of their heritage.
Open Faculty Position--Assistant Professor
San Diego State University, Department of American Indian Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position, assistant professor rank, in American Indian literature, with a specialization in literature and land or the environment, to begin Fall 2014. Candidates with demonstrated expertise in indigenous community sustainability and / or Native American women’s issues are especially invited to apply. Learn more about the position and how to apply.
Update 2/17/14: The Hiring Committee has interviewed and is reviewing the qualifications of four position finalists. Please visit the links below to view the public lectures presented by each finalist during their campus visit:
Dr. Jill Doerfler's Public Lecture
Dr. Sarah Gordon's Public Lecture
Dr. Theresa Gregor Public Lecture - Part 1 of 4
Dr. Theresa Gregor Public Lecture - Part 2 of 4
Dr. Theresa Gregor Public Lecture - Part 3 of 4
Dr. Theresa Gregor Public Lecture - Part 4 of 4
Dr. Stephanie Fitzgerald: For a link to Dr. Fitzgerald's presentation, please call 619-594-6991
Feedback can be provided to the Hiring Committee chair, Dr. David Kamper, email@example.com.
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Major in American Indian Studies
A major in American Indian Studies provides students with a liberal arts education that focuses on cultural diversity. Individuals will attain a broad understanding of the human condition closely related to public relations, cultural pluralism, and race relations. Students pursuing careers in mass media, politics, journalism, and education will find that a major in American Indian Studies opens a new spectrum of human understanding and critical analysis for professional life. More information...
Minor in American Indian Studies
The minor in American Indian Studies provides students with a
liberal education which focuses on cultural diversity. Individuals
will attain competency in a broad understanding of the human condition
which will relate closely to the areas of public relations, cultural
pluralism, and race relations. Students pursuing careers in mass
media, politics, journalism, and education will find that a minor
in American Indian Studies opens a new spectrum of human understanding
and critical analysis of professional life.
Phone: (619) 594-6991 Fax: (619)
Mail Code: 6036
Department Chair (Interim):
Linda Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Support Coordinator:
Kate Regan email@example.com
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