Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2012-27
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Arnold Maltz, Chair
Date of First Reading: January 23, 2012
Date of Second Reading: February 20, 2012
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – American Indian Studies – for the establishment of a graduate degree program - Master of Science (MS) in American Indian Studies
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – American Indian Studies – for the establishment of a graduate degree program - Master of Science (MS) in American Indian Studies
Rationale: The MS in American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that will result in an intellectual and practical understanding of the issues facing American Indian populations and the ability to apply that knowledge and resultant problem solving skills in a range of professional arenas including governmental, private, and nonprofit agencies. Focus will be on languages, cultures, arts, histories, legal policy, and education from an AIS perspective. Delivery will be mainly through in-person and online courses.
Students may select a thesis (research) or non-thesis (professional) option. Thesis students will be involved in a major research project under the direction of their faculty advisors, culminating in a thesis. This is the option students should select if they have an interest in a research-oriented position within an organization or agency, or wish to pursue a doctorate degree. Non-thesis students will complete a research project that identifies and addresses an applied problem or issue relevant to a partner agency/organization under the direction of their faculty advisors. This is the option students should select if they are interested in a leadership / managerial level position within an organization or agency.