Native American Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences Area of Concentration, Associate of Arts

The Native American Studies Area of Concentration provides a broad foundation in Indigenous cultures and current events. The program's curriculum in Native American histories, religions, literatures, arts, and politics aims to generate knowledge and respect for Indigenous nations as well as foster critical thinking and socially responsible research. This concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Native American Studies, History, Anthropology, Sociology, and/or Political Science. Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree, program, and elective requirements, this concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. understand and appreciate the rich cultural heritage, knowledge, and contributions of Native American peoples and Nations in the United States;
  2. understand the historical and contemporary issues affecting Native American peoples and Nations within the United States;
  3. participate in productive scholarship, teaching, research, and community development;
  4. prepare for active citizenship and begin to develop ongoing interest in national and global politics with participation as a civically engaged member of society;
  5. prepare and execute written and oral communication with objectivity, conciseness, and clarity;
  6. evaluate sources of print and Internet information on cultures and cultural diversity;
  7. apply multiple methodologies in developing research and critical thinking skills and forms of human inquiry;
  8. analyze cultural diversity as it plays a role throughout the field of history and demonstrate an awareness of the contributions of different ethnic and cultural groups to U.S. and world societies;
  9. evaluate examples of applied history and understanding history in order to determine the effectiveness of using historical knowledge to address social problems;
  10. determine, analyze, and evaluate the role that religion, race, class, gender, and ethnicity play in influencing historical issues and events;
  11. analyze and think critically about contemporary historical issues and events, in cultures and subcultures, world and localized histories and be able to identify the relevant antecedent events and ideologies that have shaped current public issues;
  12. demonstrate an understanding of working in a diverse multi-cultural and global society recognizing the unique perspectives of all cultures; and
  13. demonstrate critical thinking and research skills including the ability to form an argument, detect misconceptions about key issues of policy and politics.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

The Native American Studies Program provides a broad foundation in Indigenous cultures and current events. The program's curriculum in Native American histories, religions, literatures, arts, and politics aims to generate knowledge and respect for Indigenous nations as well as foster critical thinking and socially responsible research. 

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Concentration – Native American Studies

Program Code

A 233

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinator:
CCBC Catonsville, Joshua Ackerman
443-840-4568 or

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Area of Concentration*

General Education - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements
General Education Electives

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course. 

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Arts and Humanities (PHIL 101PHIL 103, or PHIL 240 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (from 2 different disciplines or 2-course sequence, 1 with a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology (CSIT 120 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics (MATH 125 recommended) 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s)
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Concentration Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

Concentration Requirements:
Two Semester Sequence
Critical Thinking

Choose one from this list:

Additional Concentration Requirements
Program Electives:

Select electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 credits for the degree. A student's selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits.  The following courses are recommended, but courses may also be taken in other departments with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Academic Dean.  Electives should be chosen based on transfer institution requirements.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

** These courses may also be used to fulfill Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education electives.