AIS Undergraduate Major and Minor: 

American Indian Studies

Christopher Cruz, Academic Advisor, BASC 404
(520) 621-7438,


Graduate Students
Graduate Students should meet with their faculty advisor/committee chair and the Graduate Program Coordinator, at least once each semester to keep paperwork up-to-date and monitor degree progress.  Please call (520)979-8962 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Benedict J. Colombi, Chair, American Indian Studies Gradaute Interdisciplinary Program (AIS GIDP). 

Dr. Benedict J. Colombi, Professor, American Indian Studies Department, Director of Graduate Studies:

Role of  Director of Graduate Studies:

With the support of the Graduate Program Coordinator, and other faculty members and staff, the DGS advises students in the following areas:

  • Choosing focus areas for their course of study
  • Choosing a chair and members for their comprehensive exam, thesis, and dissertation committees
  • Identifying scholarships and fellowships and assisting in the application process
  • Locating and assisting with internship opportunities
  • Allocating of teaching assistantships and other student support services
  • Evaluating satisfactory degree progress
  • First Year Ph.D. Student Evaluation
  • Job searches, job applications, and practice interviews

In addition to working with students, the DGS also works to maintain and institute:

  • Compliance with Graduate College and University policies
  • Communication of Graduate College policies and procedures to students and faculty
  • Graduate curriculum, including proposals for dual degree, graduate certificates, and interdisciplinary graduate degrees
  • New technical programs to assist the program and to better serve students
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