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First graduate from American Indian Studies Program

Soboba tribal member leaves San Marcos with 2 degrees


Last updated 7/11/2019 at 5:58pm

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Rachelle Lee Peterson, center, poses with friends and family for a photo following her graduation from California State University San Marcos, May 17.

SAN MARCOS – California State University San Marcos implemented an American Indian studies bachelor's degree program in 2017 but has already produced its first graduate. Rachelle Lee Peterson started her college career as a kinesiology major with an American Indian studies minor but switched her major to human development with an emphasis on counseling. When American Indian studies became a major for the first time at the university and Peterson realized she only needed a handful of additional classes to complete the degree requirements, she declared it as her second major.

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