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Associate of Arts and Sciences in Public and Tribal Administration

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Associate of Arts and Sciences in Public and Tribal Administration

The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Public and Tribal Administration provides students with the necessary skills and comprehension to succeed in pursuing a career in public and Tribal management in a public enterprise or Tribal organization.

The program of study provides a foundation for understanding the necessary skills for administration and Tribal government. The concentration areas of study within the program allow students to customize their degree to focus on careers in either Public or Tribal Administration. The program is a direct transfer degree designed for students who may be interested in transferring to a baccalaureate degree. Students interested in continuing toward a baccalaureate program should consult with an NWIC adviser before selecting courses to ensure that they meet the requirements for those programs.

Department Chair & Faculty

Myron Fryberg

Faculty – Tribal Governance and Business Management

Work Phone: (360) 594-4084

Adib Jamshedi

Faculty – Tribal Governance Business Management

Work Phone: (360) 594-4083

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

SOVEREIGNTY

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

  • Explain the history and cultural foundation for the fundamental rights and responsibilities of Tribal governments.
  • Identify Indigenous knowledge as the basis for foundational principles respecting the cultural and traditional knowledge within Tribal communities.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC AND TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION

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

  • Examine the fundamental process for administration within public and Tribal government.
  • Analyze the interaction between Tribal, federal, state, and regional governments with regard to political issues in Tribal governance.
  • Examine the process of public and Tribal administration within the historical contexts of politics, economics, and the educational field.

OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

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

  • Analyze the responsibilities of Tribal government to deliver social services to Tribal members, regulate commerce, manage land, and natural resources, develop and implement fiscal policy.
  • Explain the development of business management within an organization structure.
  • Summarize important principles and impacts of business law related to Tribal enterprises.
  • Analyze the fiscal responsibility for budgeting, accounting, human resources, and marketing with regard to the management process for public and Tribal administrations.

COMMUNICATION

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

  • Explain the fundamentals of Public and Tribal administration within the historical perspective of politics, economics, and the academic discipline with a focus in Tribal governance.
  • Demonstrate skills in research and critical thinking within the context of Public and Tribal Administration.
  • Utilize the development of writing skills for comprehending the context of Public and Tribal Administration.
  • Demonstrate effective presentation skills for administration functions.
  • Demonstrate ability to research for the context of Public and Tribal Administration purposes.

TRIBAL LEADERSHIP

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

  • Compare and contrast diverse leadership and decision-making policies and practices.
  • Analyze the particular qualities of leadership in Native Tribal communities, nations, and Inter-Tribal organizations.
  • Evaluate management principles appropriate to environmental, intellectual, and community-based leadership in contemporary Tribal organizations.
  • Apply the qualities and skills to be an effective leader in Indian Country.

Academic Requirements

  • Associate of Arts and Sciences in Public and Tribal Administration

    Program CodeClass DescriptionCredits Required
    NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS Credits 
    CMST 220 Public Speaking (CS, HT) 
    CMPS 101 Introduction to Computers or above (TE) 
    HMDV 110 Introduction to Successful Learning (NE) 
    TOTAL NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS 11 
    NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS Credits 
    CSOV 101 Introduction to Cultural Sovereignty (HT) 
    CSOV 102 The Language of Our Ancestors (HT) or approved Native language courses1 
    CSOV 120 Reclaiming Our History (SS) 
    POLS 225 History of Federal Indian Policy (SS) 
    TOTAL NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS 20 
    1One or more Native language courses totaling at least 5 credits. Consult with an advisor regarding satisfying general education requirements. Requires approval by the Dean of Academics and Distance Learning. 
    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Credits 
    ENGL 101 English Composition I (CS) 
    ENGL 102 English Composition II (CS) OR 
    ENGL 202 Technical Writing (CS) 
    Quantitative Skills 5 credit requirement - met in Core Requirements 
    Humanities Distribution 15 credit requirement - met in Foundational Requirements and Core Requirements 
    Social Science Distribution 15 credit requirement - met in Foundational Requirements and Core Requirements 
    Natural Science Distribution 15 credit requirement - choose courses meeting AAS Natural Science Requirements 15 
    TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 25 
    CORE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS Credits 
    BUAD 202 Business Law (SS) 
    BUAD 212 Financial Accounting (TE) 
    CMST 130 Information Literacy and Critical Thinking (HT) 
    ECON 203 Contemporary Tribal Economics (SS) 
    MATH 107 Elementary Statistics I (QS) 
    TOTAL CORE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 25 
    ELECTIVES Credits 
    Students must choose three of the five elective courses from the following list. 9 (3 each) 
    PTAD 200 Budgeting (NE) 
    PTAD 210 Principles of Planning (NE) 
    PTAD 220 Public Policy Process (NE) 
    PTAD 230 Tribal Organizational Theory and Development (NE) 
    PTAD 240 Leadership and Decision-Making (NE) 
    TOTAL ELECTIVES 
    TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 90 

Student Life

NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.

Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.

NWIC Extended Campus Locations

Northwest Indian College‘s main campus is located at the Lummi Nation. The College also has six full service extended campus sites located at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip. Please use the location links to view details for each extended campus site.

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