American Indian Studies

Plan of Study

TCC Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts – Native American emphasis to
NSU Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies (AIS) program at NSU offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. The AIS program is designed for all persons interested in the cultural heritage and history of American Indian people. The major is a multi-disciplinary, liberal arts program with required course in Anthropology, History, Literature, and Political Science. 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.

Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements for the American Indian Studies major at NSU. In addition to general education requirements, obtaining an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts, Native American Emphasis from TCC will provide 15 hours of AIS major electives.

What it takes to complete a B.A. in American Indian Studies from NSU. If you don't complete your AA or AS at TCC, you will need to meet Northeastern's specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a B.A. in American Indian Studies. Of those hours, 60 must be from a four-year college or university, 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU. You must be English proficient; this means that you must pass English composition I & II with a "C" or better. Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete between 60 and 64 more hours in order to earn your B.A. in American Indian Studies. Specifically, the AIS major requires nine hours in core courses, three hours of history, six hours of literature, three hours of either political science or criminal justice, and 15 hours of AIS electives (these latter 15 hours can be part of the AA degree at TCC). The AIS major requires the completion of an 18-hour minor in another discipline of your choice.

How do my TCC classes transfer to NSU? Every class that you have taken at TCC will transfer to NSU. Each class will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor's degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor's degrees. A minor is 18 hours from an academic area of your choice, and it is designed to complement your major. Your advisor will help you determine your minor and the classes you will take to complete it. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. They allow you to explore your academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate. Most degree programs at NSU allow for some free electives. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in this category, up to the first 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.

When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at TCC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you. For more information call us at 918-444-3500 or visit the American Indian Studies program.

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