The American Indian Studies program seeks to promote an understanding of American Indian history, cultures and tribal sovereignty with a focus on Southern California tribes, urban American Indians and other indigenous peoples in a global context. The program seeks to revise Western knowledge of the history and culture of the United States to include American Indian perspectives and contributions. It also seeks to demonstrate the relevance of American Indian perspectives to contemporary political, economic and social issues in the United States and the world.
The American Indian Studies program helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact Director Brian Burkhart at (818) 677-6481 to schedule an appointment. The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a minor in American Indian Studies are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.
AIS Advisory Board
- Maria A. Acuna (Social Work)
- Scott Andrews (English)
- Brian Burkhart (American Indian Studies)
- Douglas Carranza (Central American Studies)
- Rosa Furumoto (Chicana/o Studies)
- Stevie Ruiz (Chicana/o Studies)
American Indian Studies Program
Director: Brian Burkhart
Jerome Richfield (JR) 219