American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) | Cascadia College
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American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS)


Associate in Integrated Studies – DTA

Social Sciences, Human Services and Education

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of in-person (web enhanced), hybrid and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level.  

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study.

One college level math needed to complete degree, as well as transfer. MATH& 107 Math in Society or Math& 146 Introduction to Statistics are recommended. Please see an academic advisor if you have questions about transfer requirements.


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: 

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Be sure to connect with the Advising, Career and Transfer team.

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • AIIS 102 Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies  
  • COLL 101 College Strategies   
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I 
    AIIS 103 The Indigenous Pacific Northwest 
  • “150” selection 
  • *MATH& 107 Math in Society, PHIL& 120 Symbolic Logic, or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  

*Refer to math notes 

30-60 credits

  • ENGL& 102 Composition II   
  • AIIS 203 Indigenous Ways of Knowing   
  • Choose one Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)   
  • Natural Science Lab Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)  
    Choose two Elective Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)  

60-90 credits

*If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, an additional EDP class and an IL (View Choice Classes).

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course,  and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.

Integrated Learning (5 credits)

You will include an Integrated Learning Experience in your course selections. This requirement can be satisfied through the completion of learning communities, linked classes, classes containing formal community-based learning, classes taken as part of an academic study abroad program, or classes with an academic internship. Through Learning Communities (LC) or other Integrated Learning Experiences (IL), you will demonstrate abilities to integrate skills, concepts, information, and analytical and methodological frameworks from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience.

For more information on Integrated Learning and current learning community offerings please follow this Integrated Learning and current learning communities.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.

1) Max 10 classes 2) Use same course prefix language from Course Catalog 3) Type in Course name Example: CMST 105 Professional Communication or ENGL& 101 (do not forget & if applicable)


  • HIST&146 United States History I 
  • PHIL& 243 Environmental Ethics and Sustainability 

1) Max 10 classes 2) Use same course prefix language from Course Catalog 3) Type in Course nameExample: CMST 105 Professional Communication or ENGL& 101 (do not forget & if applicable)

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


Note, be sure to add a combination of 2 different disciplines under this distribution area.

  • ANTH&104 World Prehistory 
  • ANTH&234 Religion and Culture 
  • ANTH&235 Cross-Cultural Medicine 
  • EDUC& 205 Introduction to Education 
  • GS 101 Introduction to Global Studies 
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology 
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 

SOC& 201 Social Problems 

1) Max 10 classes 2) Use same course prefix language from Course Catalog 3) Type in Course nameExample: CMST 105 Professional Communication or ENGL& 101 English Composition (do not forget the & if applicable)

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline and include at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • BIOL 120 Survey of the Kingdoms 
  • ENVS 220 Wetland Ecology 
  • ENVS 210 Ecology of the Puget Sound 
  • GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 
  • OCEA& 101 Introduction to Oceanography 
  • WATER 250 Soils and Hydrology 

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology 
  • BIOL 165 Origins and Adaptations 
  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology  
  • ENVS 120 Wetland Conservation 
  • GEOG& 250 Geography of the Pacific Northwest 
  • NSCI 101 Evolution of Earth Systems 
  • WATER 110 Introduction to Water Science, Resources, and Issues 

Program Elective Credits

  • Elective credits may be selected from any of the distribution requirements.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Integrated Studies-Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

DTA degrees provide students:

  • Priority consideration in admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities in Washington ahead of students without a degree.
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.

Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

University of Washington, Seattle 

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities. 

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals.


Career Possibilities

Many graduates develop thriving careers in tribal, state, and federal governments, as well as the private sector. AIIS graduates become leaders within and around Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Graduates continue their academic journeys in graduate school in fields that are in high demand: public administration, education, law, social sciences, and public health. Professional positions include Assistant Professor, Attorney, Medical Doctor, Physician Assistant, Charge Nurse, Council Member, Engagement and Diversity Program Manager, Human Resources Director, Public and Government Relations Manager, Sales Manager, Program Coder, Youth Education Specialist.

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*NET OnLine O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more. 

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals. 

Some job opportunities may also exist in business corporations, non-profits, and Tribal Enterprises.


In Cascadia College’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) pathway, you will be provided with an advanced understanding of how to work with and support Indigenous communities.

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