Bachelor of Arts In Community Advocates & Responsive Education in Human Services


This program of study is rooted in our relational accountability to the people within our environment and the responsibility we have to helping and healing. It will provide students with the ability to integrate traditional values and ways of knowing with the National Standards for Human Services in order to proactively engage in the restoration of people, families, and communities.

Program Outcomes

The Native Studies Leadership program teaches students:


Tribal Human Services professionals are required to have a deep understanding of self-location while actively engaging in community, advocacy, and relationship building.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Use critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills to create plans for community engagement focused on a common vision for enhancing the lives of Tribal people.
  • Develop partnerships between stakeholders and advocates while identifying the community strengths and needs.
  • Develop a practice framework derived from an anti-oppressive paradigm for the advancement and well-being of communities.


Tribal Human Services professionals integrate Indigenous knowledge while maintaining national standards to provide direct and indirect services that reinforce Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate cultural cognition during community interactions and interview processes while adhering to National Standards of Human Services.
  • Provide case management that includes intake, assessment, intervention strategies, referrals, consultation, discharge, and doc- umentation.
  • Articulate processes for agency and program management at the administrative level that include grant writing, fundraising, budget development and oversight, supervision, recruitment, liability, and retention.


Tribal Human Services professionals integrate traditional values with the ethical standards for Human Services to provide proactive services at the personal, professional, and community levels.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Articulate the differences and similarities between Tribal/communal values, personal values, professional values, codes of ethics, policies, and law.
  • Engage and integrate both traditional values and ethical standards into the Human Services field.
  • Utilize Indigenous theories and methods for conducting research and evaluation in response to community needs.


Tribal Human Services professionals understand their relational accountability to the people within their environment and have a communal responsibility to helping and healing.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Deconstruct oppressive systems and ways of thinking to foster systemic change, equality, social justice and healthy communities.
  • Facilitate and assess individual and group behaviors in community and professional settings.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency by self-reflecting, self-evaluating, and creating plans for lifelong learning and professional development.

4 Year Option

This option is for students who have not earned an approved Associate in Arts and Sciences or the equivalent.


  • CMST 101 Introduction to Oral Communication (CS) 4 credits
  • or CMST 210 Interpersonal Communication (CS, HT) 4 credits
  • or CMST 220 Public Speaking (CS, HT) 4 credits
  • CMPS 101 Introduction to Computers or above (TE) 3 credits
  • HMDV 110 Introduction to Successful Learning (NE) 4 credits

Total Northwest Indian College Requirements: 11 credits


  • CSOV 101 Introduction to Cultural Sovereignty (HT) 5 credits
  • CSOV 102 The Language of Our Ancestors (HT) or approved Native language courses1 5 credits
  • CSOV 120 Reclaiming Our History (SS) 5 credits
  • CSOV 130 Icons of Our Past (HT) 5 credits
  • ECON 250 Subsistence Economies: Restoring Prosperity (SS) 5 credits
  • EDUC 202 The Tide Has Changed: Educating Our Own (SS) 5 credits
  • POLS 225 History of Federal Indian Policy (SS) 5 credits

Total Northwest Indian College Foundational Requirements: 35 credits
1 One 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.


  • ENGL 101 English Composition I (CS) 5 credits
  • ENGL 202 Technical Writing or ENGL 102 English Composition II (CS) 5 credits
  • Quantitative Skills 5 credit requirement- met in Core Requirement 0 credits
  • Humanities Distribution 15 credit requirement – met in Foundational Requirements 0 credits
  • Social Science Distribution 15 credit requirement – met in Foundational Requirements 0 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution 15 credit requirement –  choose courses meeting AAS Natural Science Requirements 15 credits

Total General Education Requirements: 25 credits


  • CARE 150 Introduction to Human Services in Tribal Communities (SS) 3 credits
  • CARE 310 Systems Theories in Human Services 5 credits
  • CARE 320 Self-Location in Professional Settings 5 credits
  • CARE 330 Policy and Law in Tribal Human Services 5 credits
  • CARE 350 Interviewing and Case Management for Tribal Services 5 credits
  • CARE 395 Preparation for Field Education 2 credits
  • CARE 410 Developing and Organizing in Native Communities 5 credits
  • CARE 450 Planning and Evaluating Tribal Programs 5 credits
  • CARE 470 Tribal Agency Management and Administration 5 credits
  • CARE 495A Supervised Field Education 5 credits
  • CARE 495B Supervised Field Education 5 credits
  • CARE 495C Supervised Field Education 5 credits
  • CARE 499 Capstone in CARE 5 credits
  • CSOV 301 Indigenous Theory and Methods: We Own Our Knowledge 5 credits
  • CSOV 302 Indigenous Research: Valuing Our Past-Writing Our Future 5 credits
  • CSOV 335 Social Justice: In Defense of Our Homelands 5 credits
  • MATH 107 Elementary Statistics I (QS) 5 credits

Total Core Program Requirements: 80 credits


  • Choose elective courses in consultation with a faculty advisor 29 credits

Total Elective Requirements” 35 credits