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American Indian Studies

American Indian Studies

Welcome to Spring 2024!

Welcome to the American Indian Studies department!

"CSUSM sits on the traditional territory and homelands of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people. It is also important to acknowledge that this land remains the shared space among the Kuupangaxwichem/Cupeño and Kumeyaay and Ipai peoples." 

AIS 260 with Blues muscician, Tracy Lee NelsonAIS 260 with Blues musician, Tracy Lee Nelson

American Indian Studies (AIS) at CSU San Marcos is committed to Indigenous academic excellence and community based participatory research.  A Major and Minor in AIS are offered. Our goal is to create culturally intelligent graduates who will contribute to the workforce, including providing leadership to Tribal Nations and Indigenous organizations. Our courses include tribal community engagement—with guest lectures, field trips, participatory research, and service-learning activities. Our department collaborates with Native communities, California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center and engages students in scholarly academic activities that promote and strengthen tribal and cultural sovereignty. See our list of more than 30 courses


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