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Dept ID Course Name & Information Credits
AIS 102 American Indian Issues IAmerican Indian Issues IAn overview of current and historical issues which have resulted in policies and regulations affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives. The issues include: education, treaties, sovereignty and self-determination, religions, natural resources, legislation, jurisdiction, reservation and/or urban status, federal trust relationship, tribal economics and enterprises, American Indian policy, federal recognition, and current issues both regional and local. 3
AIS 110 History of North American Indian TribesHistory of North American Indian TribesIntroductory survey of the origin, evolution, and distribution of Indians throughout North America, location of tribes in historic times, their relationships to one another, and their responses to white penetration of the continent. Emphasis on American Indian leadership and major contributions of American Indian people to American society. Fulfills a history requirement. Fulfills the Native citizenship requirement. 3
AIS 301 Native and Western Views of NatureNative and Western Views of NatureNative and Western Views of Nature examines the convergences and divergences between Western and Indigenous North American perceptions, attitudes and practices with respect to the natural world. The course suggests that some viable and reliable knowledge can be gained by serious examination of the practices and methods of knowledge acquisition of native peoples. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or equivalent. 3
AIS 311 Introduction to American Indian Studies: American Indian Issues IIIntroduction to American Indian Studies: American Indian Issues IIIntroduces students to the American Indian studies (AIS) discipline, but also challenges the standard assumptions and practice the discipline has about research, academic writing, education, and critical thinking. Students will look at a) what has gone on before and is currently happening in AIS; b) what can happen and c) what should happen Prerequisites: AIS 101 and AIS 110 or equivalent; AIS Major or permission of instructor. 3
AIS 312 American Indian Experience in the 20th CenturyAmerican Indian Experience in the 20th CenturyA sophomore/junior level course providing students with the opportunity to experience history as told by American Indian elders representing diverse geographic regions and tribal traditions. Prerequisite: AIS 110. 3
AIS 320 Environmental Protection in Indian CountryEnvironmental Protection in Indian CountryExamines the nature and scope of tribal sovereignty and the interplay between tribal sovereignty, environmental protection and tribal culture. Criteria to consider when developing tribal environmental protection programs and key environmental issues facing tribes will be studied throughout the semester. 3
AIS 321 Human Behavior in American Indian CommunitiesHuman Behavior in American Indian CommunitiesCourse examines human behavior issues within American Indian communities using a social system approach. Prerequisite: SW 101, SW 110, or SW 201. 3
AIS 322 Introduction to Research Methods in American Indian StudiesIntroduction to Research Methods in American Indian StudiesThis Introductory course on research examines trends and histories of research and assists students in enhancing their critical and ethical literacy skills through the close examination of the diverse range of methods and issues involved in selecting research methodologies appropriate to individual and community goals and projects. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the AIS Program or permission of instructor 3
AIS 331 Records and Information Management IRecords and Information Management IMethods for developing and controlling an office records management program will be discussed in this class. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to file documents using the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Prerequisite: Junior Level 3
AIS 332 Records and Information Management IIRecords and Information Management IIThis course offers an opportunity to examine the concepts, components, and functions of records and information management (RIM) from both the business and the federal government perspectives. Included in the class will be training by the National Archives and Records Administration in Basic Records Operations (KA1) with the opportunity to earn a certificate. 3
AIS 343 American Indian FilmAmerican Indian FilmThis course surveys images of American Indians and Alaska Natives in film. Critical analysis of social roles of Indian characters will be included as well as literary critique of plot, character development, setting, and imagery. Prerequisites: ENGL 210 or ENGL 212. 3
AIS 346 Philosophy in Indigenous LiteraturePhilosophy in Indigenous LiteratureReadings of Indigenous American biographies and other literary works with emphasis on underlying philosophies; discussion of how Native thought relates to literary critical theory and European categories of philosophy. Prerequisite: ENGL 210 or 212 3
AIS 349 Law and American Indian Religious FreedomsLaw and American Indian Religious FreedomsThis course examines the impact of federal laws and policies and U.S. Supreme court decisions on the sacred ways of life of American Indian tribal groups. It also examines the legislative and legal history of the First Amendment’s “Free Exercise” clause and “Establishment” clause as they apply to American Indian Religious Freedoms. Topics covered will include sacred lands, sacred practices, NAGPRA and repatriation, and environmental colonialism, from the first perspective of legal guarantees under the First Amendment as well as under Treaties. Prerequisites: AIS 310 and Junior/Senior level standing 3
AIS 350 Foundations of Indigenous PhilosophyFoundations of Indigenous PhilosophyIntroduces the philosophies of specific Meso-American and North American indigenous peoples. The relationship of the land and culture and its connection to indigenous worldviews will be explored. Prerequisites: AIS 310, HIST 110 or HIST 112 or HIST 222 or completion of a third English course. 3
AIS 360 Theories of Decolonization and IndigenizationTheories of Decolonization and IndigenizationThis course introduces and examines colonization, decolonization, and Indigenization through exploring their respective, yet overlapping, theories, and philosophies. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior level standing. 3
AIS 397 Internship IInternship IStudents are responsible for contacting the AIS faculty member in charge of Internships before enrolling in this course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the AIS program and Internship Director’s Permission 3
AIS 402 American Indian Treaties and AgreementsAmerican Indian Treaties and AgreementsA senior-level course introducing students to the scholarship of examining American Indian Treaties and Agreements through cross disciplinary approaches, including law, written and oral history, and geography. The specific nature of various First Nations’ documents as well as the importance of these treaties in both national and international law today will be examined. Prerequisites: AIS 310 and Junior/Senior level standing. 3
AIS 421 NCommunity Health Social Work with Indigenous PeoplesCommunity Health Social Work with Indigenous PeoplesThis course offers a broad and in-depth examination of critical, social, cultural and political variables important to improving the health of First Nations Peoples and their communities. These variables are presented within macro, mezzo, and micro frameworks and are linked to strengthening traditional culture, empowering the community, and contending with historical and contemporary oppression. Prerequisite: AIS 321 3
AIS 423 Biography of American Indian Leaders: Past & PresentBiography of American Indian Leaders: Past & PresentThis course will address American Indian leadership issues both past and present. We will seek to clarify and understand the motivations that inspires or forces tribal members to assume leadership roles in tribal communities. Prerequisite: AIS101, AIS 110, and AIS 312 3
AIS 490 Directed StudiesDirected StudiesThis course offers the opportunity for a student to work closely with an instructor on a subject that is not otherwise offered in the course schedule. Contact the AIS program for more information. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the AIS Program and permission of the AIS Chair 3
AIS 497 Internship IIInternship IIStudents are responsible for contacting the AIS faculty member in charge of Internships before enrolling in this course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the AIS Program and Internship Director’s Permission 3
AIS 499 AIS Senior CapstoneAIS Senior CapstoneA senior-level class in a selected American Indian topic, genre, time period, or author(s). The course will change from semester. The seminar allows for in-depth exploration of a single topic. Students will be expected to participate as readers, as researchers, and also as presenters. A substantial research project from each student will be presented and critiqued within the forum of the seminar. Prerequisite: senior standing in the AIS program and Instructor’s Permission 3
COMS 310 Traditional and Contemporary Native American RhetoricTraditional and Contemporary Native American RhetoricThis is a course in rhetorical analysis and criticism of traditional and contemporary Native American discourse. This course will examine predominate themes in historical and contemporary Native American oratory. Prerequisite: COMS131 or COMS151 3
TGMT 330 Fundamentals of Tribal SovereigntyFundamentals of Tribal SovereigntyThe purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles underlying the sovereignty of Indian Nations and Tribes. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission 3