NAS Course Descriptions

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1013 Introduction to Native American Studies. This course will introduce students to key concepts and methods in the study of American Indian history, culture, and contemporary governance and socio-economic status. (F, Sp)

1713 Beginning American Indian Languages I (Crosslisted with Anthropology 1713). May be repeated with change of language; maximum credit 12 hours. Introduction to the structure of an American Indian language with special attention to its phonology, morphology, and syntax. Conversational practice, vocabulary-building and the history and culture of the native speech community also are emphasized. (F, Sp) [I-FL]

1723 Beginning American Indian Languages II (Crosslisted with Anthropology 1723). Prerequisite: 1713 in the native language listed as course topic. May be repeated with change of language; maximum credit 12 hours. Introduction to the structure of an American Indian language with special attention to its phonology, morphology and syntax. Conversational practice, vocabulary-building, and the history and culture of the native speech community also are emphasized. (F, Sp) [I-FL]

2003 Foundations in NAS. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Introduces students to the key concepts and methods in the discipline of Native American Studies. Students will explore the development of Native American Studies as an academic discipline, as well as foundational theories, concepts, areas, and methodologies. (F)

2733 Intermediate American Indian Languages (Crosslisted with Anthropology 2733). Prerequisite: 1723. May be repeated with change of language; maximum credit 12 hours. A systematic review of the structure of an American Indian language. Syntactic control and vocabulary expansion are emphasized. Conversational practice and traditional oral texts are used to develop proficiency. (F, Sp)

3113 Native American Philosophy. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A survey of systems of understanding and explaining the relationships between human beings and the natural world in Native American cultures including; concepts of power, spirituality, and ceremonialism; ethical systems; and culturally based ways of knowing. (F) [IV-NW]

3333 Native American Film. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical investigation of the role that film, as an art genre, has played in creating the general public's idea of the American Indian, and its construction of images representing that idea. (Su)

3403 Introduction to Native Peoples & Sustainability Prerequisite: junior standing. Explores the concept of sustainability from a Native perspective, and as it applies to Native peoples. Emphasis is placed on cultural resilience and identity, human-environment relationships, policy and politics of tribal sovereignty in Native North America. (F)

3503 Gender & Sexuality in Native N America Prerequisite: junior standing. Study of gender and sexuality that is indigenous to North American tribal groups, focusing on the status of precolonial gender-non-normative peoples. Emergent analyses within Native studies will point to the gendered nature of colonialism by interrogating Western ontological models from Victorian-era and early anthropological ideas about sexuality. (Sp)

3693 Special Topics. Prerequisite: six hours of NAS courses. May be repeated twice with a change in topic. Covers topics of special interest to NAS such as politics and tribal government, contemporary health issues, educational policies and trends, and tribal culture in the U.S. and Oklahoma. (F, Sp, Su)

3863 Research Methods in Native American Studies. Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Introduction to research methods emphasizing formulation of hypothesis, conceptualization of theory; elementary quantitative and qualitative sources of data and methods; and ethical standards in social and educational research. (F)

3953 Tribal Service Learning Prerequisite: junior standing. Contemporary issues relevant to Native American tribes and communities, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills relevant to contemporary issues within the Indian Country to develop and implement a service project for a tribe or Native American community. (F, Sp)

3960 Honors Reading. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Consists of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. This course will allow the honors candidate the opportunity to study materials not offered in other courses. (F, Sp, Su)

3980 Honors Research. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. The study of issues related to Native American Studies for the gifted honors candidate allowing him/her to work on a special project. (F, Sp, Su)

3990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Six hours of NAS major courses and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Work on a topic of the student’s choosing taken under the direct supervision of a faculty member. May involve directed reading and research or participation in a community-based activity. Students will be required to give a written report or research papers. (F, Sp)

4013 Senior Capstone. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Provides a culminating experience giving students the opportunity to incorporate knowledge gained through previous coursework. Students will integrate this knowledge into a final project. (Sp) [V]

4023 Native Cultural Aesthetics & the Heritage Industry (Slashlisted with 5023). Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course will focus on aspects of heritage tourism pertaining to Native American experience in the United Sates from early 19th century to present, examining ways of life of tribes in the form of buildings, art, artifacts, and customs. No students may earn credit for both 4023 and 5023. (SP) [IV-NW]

4123 Contemporary Issues in NAS. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Familiarizes and sensitizes students to dynamics of change relevant to prevailing issues and concerns among American Indian entities with a special focus on tribal development/progress. No student may earn credit for both 4123 and 5123. (F)

4303 Oklahoma Tribal History Prerequisite: junior standing. Survey of Native American history for the area known today as Oklahoma and the surrounding region. Lectures, readings, documentaries, and discussion explore the general concepts and histories of the region from a more Native perspective. Oklahoma tribal experiences discussed in the context of regional and national experiences, examining the Oklahoma Native experience through the world-views and words of Native Americans. The legacy of such history is one of historical trauma, of resistance, of adaptation, of survival, and of self-determination, all part of the Oklahoma Native experience. No student may earn credit for both NAS 4303 and NAS 5303. (Sp)

4313 Tribal Historic Preservation (Slashlisted with 5313). Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course provides grounding in the processes necessary to understand and participate in the federal tribal preservation program. Students will receive material and insights to help them gain skills in understanding laws and regulations relating to the federal historic preservation system. No student may earn credit for both 4313 and 5313. (SP)

4323 Indigenous Archaeology (Slashlisted with 5323). Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course will provide evaluation of the impact of the practice of archaeology on indigenous cultures throughout the world. Emphasis will be on current work by scholars in archaeology as it relates to Native American and indigenous issues in the world today. No student may earn credit for both 4323 and 5323. (F)

4413 Tribal Governance and Leadership Seminar Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduce students to the history, development and functions of tribal order (governance-government and leadership, etc.) in relation to contemporary Oklahoma tribal settings for the purpose of researching and analyzing relevant perspectives and identifying and addressing contemporary issues and concerns in tribal governments. Upon the completion of the course of study the student will demonstrate comprehension of the dynamics of tribal governance-government and the essence of leadership relevant to realistic problem solving and critical analysis in these areas.

4693 Contemporary Native American Artist. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Discussion of the broad and modern sensibilities that make up the contemporary diversity of the indigenous arts and people of the North American hemisphere. May include but not limited to artwork dealing with race, class, tribal sovereignty, as well as formalist modes. Introduction to a survey of common methods of contemporary artistic practice. (Irreg.) [IV-NW]

4803 Native American Sovereignty (Slashlisted with 5803). Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Students will learn what constitutes the basic nature of political sovereignty and how it is exercised in Indian communities and what the possibilities and limitations are for Indian tribal governments. No student may earn credit for both 4804 and 5803. (Sp)

4833 American Indian Health Issues and Concerns. Prerequisite: junior standing. Historical information about American Indians with emphasis on health, including behavioral health, and tribal/Indian health service policy issues. Discusses traditional medicine and healing, research needs related to American Indian health, and career opportunities in health professions. (F)

4913 American Indian Education Policy and Development. Prerequisite: Six hours of courses that satisfy the major, excluding the native languages, or permission of instructor. This course will enable students to come to an understanding of American Indian education history and policy as related to western European educational thought, philosophies, theories, and practices. (Sp)

4920 Native American Studies Internship. 1 to 6 hours. Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hours of Native American Studies curriculum and permission of internship coordinator. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Participation in a supervised work experience. Grade is based on work performance, regular reports, and on-site supervisor's evaluation. (F, Sp, Su)

4933 Introduction to Tribal Economic Development (Slashlisted with 5933). Prerequisite: six hours required for the Native American Studies major excluding languages, or permission of instructor. Introduces students to the concept of tribal economic development and the various issues facing governments. Theories and roles of tribal economic development as it relates to the survival and continuation of tribal governments. No student may earn credit for both 4933 and 5933. (F)

4973 Contemporary Native American Artist III. Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course explores the modern sensibilities that make up the contemporary diversity of indigenous arts and people of this hemisphere. It focuses on Native art from North America, Canada, and Latin America. (SP)

4990 Independent Study. Prerequisite: Nine hours of NAS courses and permission of Program Director or instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. The study of issues related to Native American Studies to include research and special projects. (F, Sp, Su)

4993 Understanding Native American Art of Today (Slashlisted with 5993). Prerequisite: Junior standing. A prime mission of this class will be to introduce students to a diverse variety of contemporary types of art practice and encourage each participant to become comfortable with engaging artistic forms as well as assessing artistic and cultural value.  Themes covered will include issues of decorative arts, crafts, race, class, gender, tribal sovereignty and formal artistic forms of expression.  This is a non-studio course that utilizes readings, artist DVD's, artist catalogs, studio visits, and museum/gallery field trips.  No student may earn credit for both 4993 and 5993.  (F)

G5023 Native Cultural Aesthetics & the Heritage Industry (Slashlisted with 4023). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course will focus on aspects of heritage tourism pertaining to Native American experience in the United Sates from early 19th century to present, examining ways of life of tribes in the form of buildings, art, artifacts, and customs. No student may earn credit for both 4023 and 5023. (SP)

G5050 Directed Readings in Native American Studies. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Graduate-level independent study for Master's candidates. (Irreg.)

G5103 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. An introduction to basic disciplinary approaches to the study of American Indian cultures and history and to current scholarship in history, anthropology, literature, and the arts dealing with American Indians. (F)

G5123 Contemporary Issues in Native American Studies. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. This course will familiarize students to dynamics of change relevant to issues among American Indian entities with special focus on tribal development and progress. (F).

G5313 Tribal Historic Preservation (Slashlisted with 4313). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course provides grounding in the processes necessary to understand and participate in the federal tribal preservation program. Students will receive material and insights to help them gain skills in understanding laws and regulations relating to the federal historic preservation system. No student may earn credit for both 4313 and 5313. (SP)

G5323 Indigenous Archaeology (Slashlisted with 4323). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course will provide evaluation of the impact of the practice of archaeology on indigenous cultures throughout the world. Emphasis will be on current work by scholars in archaeology as it relates to Native American and indigenous issues in the world today. No student may earn credit for both 4323 and 5323. (F)

G5413 Tribal Governance and Leadership. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course will examine traditional and contemporary forms of tribal government and leadership. Students will be exposed to the historical development of modern tribal governments through examination of government policies and legislation. Students will explore contemporary issues in tribal government and styles of tribal leadership. (F)

G5803 Native American Sovereignty (Slashlisted with 4803). Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. This course explores what constitutes the basic nature of political sovereignty and how it is exercised in Native American communities and what the possibilities and limitations are for tribal governments. No student may earn credit for both 4803 and 5803. (SP)

5920 Practicum Prerequisite: graduate standing. A component of the core curriculum for the master’s credential within the NAS discipline. Provides learning experiences and the application of understanding and skills in American Indian related professional settings. (F, Sp, Su)

G5971 Pre-Thesis Seminar. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course is a one-hour course to orient students to thesis research and assist them in the development of topics. It will meet in a concentrated format during the last third of the semester. (F)

G5933 Tribal Economic Development (Slashlisted with 4933). Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Introduces students to the concept of tribal economic development and the relevant issues facing tribal, local, state, and federal agencies. It examines theories and roles of tribal economic development as they relate to the survival and continuation of tribal governments. No student may earn credit for both 4933 and 5933.

G5973 Research Methods in Native American Studies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course introduces basic elements of research, key research methods in Native American Studies, and focuses on pre-thesis development. Elementary quantitative and qualitative methods are explored, as well as various data collection techniques and fieldwork preparations. (F)

G5980 Research for Master’s Thesis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Variable enrollment, two to six hours; maximum credit applicable toward degree, six hours. (F, Sp, Su)

5993 Native American Art Today (Slashlisted with 4993). Prerequisite: graduate standing.  A prime mission of this class will be to introduce students to a diverse variety of contemporary types of art practice and encourage each participant to become comfortable with engaging artistic forms as well as assessing artistic and cultural value.  Themes covered will include issues of decorative arts, crafts, race, class, gender, tribal sovereignty and formal artistic forms of expression.  This is a non-studio course that utilizes readings, artist DVD's, artist catalogs, studio visits, and museum/gallery field trips.  No student may earn credit for both 4993 and 5993. (F