American Indian College
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|American Indian College|
|President||Dr. David DeGarmo|
|Location||Phoenix, Arizona, USA
American Indian College is a private Christian college located in Phoenix, Arizona. Created for the purpose of "equipping Native Americans for Christian service," AIC currently educates students from about 25 tribes, but now also welcomes students of all ethnicities. It is a regional Assemblies of God college and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
AIC was established in 1957 as a Bible institute. Over years of Pentecostal ministry, it has changed location three times and has grown into a regionally accredited college offering multiple degree programs.
In September 2007, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the college's establishment, AIC began a new "Jubilee Walkway" connecting the parking lot with the Henson Memorial Chapel.
AIC offers three degree programs: Christian Ministry, in which students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts Degree or an Associate of Arts Degree; Elementary Education, in which students may earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree; and Business Administration, in which students may earn an Associate of Arts Degree.
The academic department chairs for each major hold an earned doctorate, and all full-time faculty hold at least a Masters degree in their field.
As a Christian college where many students major in Christian Ministry, AIC offers its students several opportunities for ministry: Semester outreach programs are offered throughout Arizona, California, and New Mexico; there is an annual four-day trip to Mexico; there are summer ministry traveling teams throughout the country and also abroad; and finally there are also local church opportunities. The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary holds seminars on the AIC campus for students working towards a Masters degree in Christian Ministry.
The campus centers around the Alta Washburn multi-purpose building, built in 1972, which houses the Dorothy L. Cummings Library and the John McPherson Education Center. The Henson Memorial Chapel, finished in 1978, is an arrowhead-shaped building that houses both a chapel and the offices of the President, Dean of Students, and Director of Student Services. Most classes take place in the Lee Academic Center. Other notable buildings include the Charles W.H. Scott Student Center, the Rodger Cree Student Union, the Washburn and Gannon Dormitories, and the Ramsey Cafeteria.
The campus is located in the northwest section of Phoenix, Arizona.
Because AIC is a Christian college, all students are required to participate in religious activities regularly. The college requires attendance at all chapel services and weekly dormitory devotions. AIC encourages students to be fully committed Christians in all aspects of life.
Student organizations include the Associated Student Body, the Campus Missions Fellowship, and the Four Winds yearbook organization.
AIC lacks a formally organized athletics program. However, there is a gymnasium on campus where students can participate in athletic activities.