American Indian Studies
AIS 102American Indian Issues I3 Credits
An 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.
AIS 110History of North American Indian Tribes3 Credits
Introductory 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.
AIS 301Native and Western Views of Nature3 Credits
Native 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.
AIS 311American Indian Issues II3 Credits
Introduces 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.
AIS 312American Indian Experience in the 20th Century3 Credits
A 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.
AIS 320Environmental Protection in Indian Country3 Credits
Examines 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.
AIS 321Human Behavior in American Indian Communities3 Credits
Course examines human behavior issues within American Indian communities using a social system approach.
Prerequisite: SW 101, SW 110, or SW 201.
AIS 322Introduction to Research Methods in American Indian Studies3 Credits
This 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
AIS 331Records and Information Management I3 Credits
Methods 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
AIS 332Records and Information Management II3 Credits
This 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.
AIS 341 | American Indian Narratives | 3 Credits
This course explores the continuity between traditional oral narratives and literary prose, including novels, short fiction, essays, and memoirs. Themes such as twins, geographic sites, renewal, healing and elements of nature are followed through a variety of histories and genres, including film. Attention will be paid to the author-function as its shifts from members of an oral tradition to specific writers of contemporary texts.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and ENGL 212
AIS 342 | American Indian Music | 3 Credits
This course will examine the diversity of Natives Peoples throughout the historical, sociological, philosophical and spiritual lives through music. We will examine the integral relationship of music in the spiritual and social lives by examining music from various sections of the nation: the impact of Native Peoples and Euro-Americans music in boarding schools and Indian lives during the reservation period. Prerequisite: AIS 310
AIS 343 American Indian Film 3 Credits
This 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.
AIS 346Philosophy in Indigenous Literature3 Credits
Readings 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.
Prerequisites: ENGL 210 or 212
AIS 349Law and American Indian Religious Freedoms3 Credits
This 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
AIS 350Foundations of Indigenous Philosophy3 Credits
Introduces 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.
AIS 352 | American Indian Drama | 3 Credits
Survey of plays from contemporary American Indian / Alaska Native playwrights.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and ENGL 102 or ENGL 212
AIS 360Theories of Decolonization and Indigenization3 Credits
This course introduces and examines colonization, decolonization, and Indigenization through exploring their respective, yet overlapping, theories, and philosophies.
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior level standing.
The student should contact the AIS faculty member in charge of internships before enrolling in this course.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the AIS program and Internship Director’s Permission
COMS 310Traditional and Contemporary Native American Rhetoric3 Credits
This 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.
Prerequisites: COMS131 or COMS151
TGMT 330Fundamentals of Tribal Sovereignty3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles underlying the sovereignty of Indian Nations and Tribes.
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
AIS 402American Indian Treaties and Agreements3 Credits
A 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.
AIS 421Community Health Social Work with Indigenous Peoples3 Credits
This 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
AIS 423Biography of American Indian Leaders: Past & Present3 Credits
This 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
AIS 490Directed Studies 3 Credits
This 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
AIS 497Internship II3 Credits
Students 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
AIS 499BAIS Senior Capstone3 Credits
A 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
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