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American Indian Studies (AIST)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

1001. Foundations in American Indian Studies. 3. [(none)<>CS, D] Explains the development of American Indian studies and will show how a variety of disciplines continue to inform this field and interact to facilitate the exploration of its major topics of concern, including Native histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. Prerequisites: none.

1010. Beginning Indigenous Language. 4. Fundamentals of grammar, conversation, composition, and reading. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: none.

1030. Social Justice in the 21st Century. 3. [{none}<>I, D] Appropriate for students interested in diversity and social justice. Topics covered through an interdisciplinary study of people and society range from identity, critical thinking, empowerment, role models, stereotyping, institutional discrimination, and tolerance. The key lynchpin is active participation in the development and maintenance of just communities.  Cross listed with AAST/ AMST/ WMST/ CHST 1030.  Enrollment preference will be given to "We The People" FIG students.

1350. American Indians in Contemporary Society. 3. [(none)<>CS, D] Survey lecture course. Examines social and cultural issues and concerns of American Indians both on and off the reservations. Additionally, the status of American Indian people within the dominant society and culture will be explored. Cross listed with SOC 1350.

2010. Intermediate Indigenous Language. 4. Second level fundamentals of grammar, conversation, composition, and reading. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: AIST 1010.

2060. Topics. 1-4.0 (Max. 6). Popular and current topics in American Indian studies.

2210. North American Indians. 3. [C2, G1<>CS, D] Comparative consideration of North American Indian culture areas at European contact period. Cross listed with ANTH 2210.

2290. History of North American Indians. 3. [C1<>CH, D] Studies American Indian history through 500 years and across the continent. Considers Indian political, social, and economic continuity and change. Focuses on how Indian peoples experienced and responded to times of dramatic change. Cross listed with HIST 2290.

2340. Native American Culture and Literature. 3. [(none)<>CH, D] Broad cultural study of Native Americans, past and present. Emphasizes folklore and literature. Cross listed with ENGL 2340. Prerequisite: WA course.

2345. American Indians in Hollywood Film. 3. [(none)<>CH, D] Examines the ways Hollywood films have constructed various forms of racial identity for American Indians. Cross listed with ENGL 2345. Prerequisite: WA.

3000. Plains Culture and History. 3. [(none)<>D] An ethnohistorical study of those Native peoples inhabiting the Plains region of the U.S. from prehistory to the present. Cross listed with HIST 3000.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of AIST courses.

3010. Proficient Indigenous Language. 4. Emphasizes the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing so as to help students function effectively in the tribal cultural context of which the language is a part. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: AIST 2010.

3100. Tribal Literatures of the Great Plains. 3. [(none)<>D, WC] Familiarizes students with American Indian literatures of the Great Plains. The Great Plains region is the locus of much historical and contemporary significance in regard to American Indian cultures. The literature of Great Plains Indians allows students to confront and reexamine the national narratives surrounding American Indians. Cross listed with ENGL 3100. Prerequisite: 6 hours of AIST or ENGL.

3200. Indigenous Peoples and the Environment. 3. Understand the historical, political, and socio-economic forces that have shaped the relationships of Indigenous peoples to their environments, and be able to discern the similarities and dissimilarities of Indigenous issues across international borders. The course may include a study abroad component. Prerequisites: 6 hours AIST credit.

3300. Federal Indian Law. 3. Survey of law that applies to individual Indians and tribal governments. In particular, explores the legal relationships among, and relative jurisdictions of federal, tribal, and state governments. Specific topics include civil and criminal jurisdiction, taxation, family law, hunting and fishing, and gaming regulations. Prerequisite: AIST 1001 or 1350.

3400. Traditional Ecological Knowledge. 3. [(none)<>CS, D] Description of the interaction between economy, religion, language and the ecosystem for select Indigenous peoples and discussion of the pedagogical methods for preserving their ecological knowledge. An examination of the conflict between contemporary society's demands and preserving traditional society's heritage. Cross listed with GEOG 3400. Prerequisite: one course in American Indian culture.

4000. Indians of Wyoming. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines Native American culture in Wyoming from pre-history to the 21st century. Analyzes social, political, and economic developments of Native peoples of Wyoming before, during, and after contact with Europeans. Discusses interaction between these diverse societies and explores the changing relationships between Indians and Euro-Americans through the periods after contact. Cross listed with HIST 4000. Prerequisite: 6 hours of HIST or 6 hours of AIST.

4010. Advanced Indigenous Language. 4. Stresses the usage of language through composition, conversation, oral presentation, and grammar review. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: AIST 3010.

4020. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 12). Requires active participation and service to an Indigenous community or organization in US or elsewhere. A written agreement among the student, the AIST director or AIST faculty mentor, and an on-site supervisor is required. AIST Majors must take at least four credit hours. Prerequisite: 9 hours in AIST courses.

4100. Tribal Government. 3. Examines traditional systems of tribal governance; the establishment of contemporary tribal governments; stakeholders and their goals; factors influencing tribal government operations, including the federal trust relationship, plenary power, tribal federal and tribal-state relations; powers of tribal governments; and the future of tribal governments. Prerequisite: 6 hours of AIST courses, including AIST 1001, and/or AIST 1350.

4110. Educational Foundations in American Indian Education. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines cultural, geographical, linguistic, spiritual, political, and societal factors before, during, and after colonization of the Americas. Definitions and day-to-day realities of terms like ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, assimilation, acculturation, and institutional racism. Development of insights into positive teacher-pupil-community relationships that honor culture and language differences and enhance achievement. Dual listed with AIST 5110; cross listed with EDST 4110. Prerequisite: AIST 1001 and 15 credit hours of AIST or EDST.

4200. Indigenous Communities Abroad: International Travel. 4. Devoted to study/travel related to Indigenous peoples abroad. The specific topic will be determined each time the class is offered. Two weeks of international travel will follow sixteen hours of on-campus instruction. Prerequisites: 6 credits in AIST.

4340. Natural Resource Management on Western Reservations. 3. Examines natural resource management techniques on western reservations. Focus is on the management and planning of water, grazing, extractive industries, and forestry. Fieldwork on the Wind River Indian Reservation is included. Cross listed with GEOG 4340. Prerequisites: 6 hours of 2000-level AIST courses or consent of instructor.

4360. American Indian Women. 3. Explores the lives of American Indian women in a variety of contexts through time. The complexity and diversity of Indian women's experiences throughout history are emphasized. Much of the class concerns Indian women's lives within the reality of European American colonization and its consequences for Indian peoples. Cross listed with WMST/SOC 4360. Dual listed with AIST 5360. Prerequisites: 6 hours of 2000-level AIST courses.

4460. American Indian Literature. (B) 3. [C1<>WC] Advanced critical study of the history of American Indian literature, emphasizing the authors' views of social change. Cross listed with ENGL 4460. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 2000-level literature courses or consent of instructor.

4462. American Indian History to 1783. 3. Surveys the history of American Indians from the period before contact to the end of the American Revolution. Examines the various contacts between American Indians and Europeans and considers what the American Revolution meant to the continent's Native peoples. Dual listed with AIST 5462; cross listed with HIST 4462. Prerequisite: HIST/AIST 2290.

4463. American Indian History 1783-1890. 3. Surveys the history of American Indians during the era of westward expansion. Examines the impact of American westward movement and also the manifold changes that accompanied moving west. Dual listed with AIST 5463; cross listed with HIST 4463. Prerequisite: HIST/AIST 2290.

4464. American Indians in the Twentieth Century. 3. Surveys the history of American Indians during the 20th century. Examines the development of new cultural, social and political forms that help create an American Indian identity. Dual listed with AIST 5464; cross listed with HIST 4464. Prerequisite: HIST/AIST 2290.

4466. American Indian Ethnohistory. 3. [W3, G1<>(none)] Surveys ethnohistorical methods and concepts and provides students concrete opportunities to use these methodologies in writing exercises. American Indian ethnohistory explores Native American experiences within their own cultural contexts. Dual listed with AIST 5466; cross listed with HIST 4466. Prerequisites: ANTH/AIST 2210 or HIST/AIST 2290.

4468. American Indians in the North American West. 3. One of the defining features of the North American West is the presence of American Indians. Through the discussion of varied readings and primary document research, the history of American Indians in the West is examined, with particular emphasis on the Great Plains and California.  Dual listed with AIST 5468; cross listed with HIST 4468. Prerequisites: HIST 2290/ AIST 2290.

4492. Indian Cultures of Latin America, 15C-Present. 3. [C2, G1<>(none)] An ethnohistorical overview of Mesoamerican and Andean Indian cultures from the 15th century to the present. Course focuses on Native American responses to colonialism, capitalism, nationalism, and globalization. Covers recent developments, for example, the new Indian rights movement and the Chiapas rebellion in Mexico. Cross listed with HIST 4492.  Prerequisites: 3 hours of relevant course work in HIST (e.g., 2290, 2380, 4495, 4496) or AIST (e.g., 2210, 2290, 4100, 4465) or ANTH (e.g., 2210).

4525. American Southwest. 3. Explores the Southwest as the location of cultural encounters and conflicts. Focuses on the cross-cultural interchange between American Indians, Mexican Americans, and Anglo Americans from the 15th century to the present.  Cross listed with CHST/HIST 4525. Prerequisites: HIST 1210/1211 , HIST 1220/1221 or consent of instructor. (Normally offered spring semester)

4546. Agriculture: Rooted in Diversity. 3. [(none)<>C, D] Addresses multiple themes related to diversity in agriculture with the goal of making visible the experiences of minorities and women in agriculture.  Involves significant independent research, class discussion, project development, and development of oral and written communication skills.  Establishes linkages with supporting disciplines.  Cross listed with ENGL/AGRI/CHST/HIST/AMST/FCSC 4546. Prerequisites:  Junior class standing or consent of instructor and concurrent enrollment or major in any of the following:  ethnic studies, agriculture, American studies, anthropology, English, history, sociology, or women's studies.

4740. Native American Languages and Cultures. 3. Demonstrates the interrelationship of language and culture in several Native American communities. Examines anthropological and linguistic theories regarding language spread and the peopling of North America, narrative performance, translation, and the connection between linguistic structures and cultural features. Cross listed with ANTH 4740. Prerequisite: ANTH 4760.

4975. Independent Study. 1-4 (Max. 8). Directed, independent study in American Indian issues with American Indian Studies affiliated faculty. Students must initiate a project with an appropriate faculty member and have it approved by the program director. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and 6 hours of AIST.

4990. Special Topics. 1-4 (Max. 9). Current research topics presented by regular and visiting faculty. Prerequisite: 3 hours of AIST courses.

5000. Independent Study. 1-4 (Max. 4). Conference course to permit students opportunity for directed and independent study in American Indian issues. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5110. Foundations of American Indian Education. 3. Examines cultural, geographical, linguistic, spiritual, political, and societal factors before, during, and after colonization of the Americas. Definitions and day-to-day realities of terms like ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, assimilation, acculturation, and institutional racism. Development of insights into positive teacher-pupil-community relationships that honor culture and language differences and enhance achievement. Dual listed with AIST 4110; cross listed with EDCI 5110. Prerequisite: AIST 1001 and 15 credit hours of AIST or EDST.

5121. History and Philosophy of American Indian Education. 3. Addresses the history of Indian education in the U.S. and Canada and examines missionary initiatives, government programs, and tribal efforts. Review of documentary accounts of Native education, review autobiographical accounts of Native teachers and children. Insight necessary for development of appropriate teaching methods and materials. Cross listed with EDCI 5121. Prerequisite: post-Baccalaureate status.

5130. Cultural Foundations of American Indian Education. 3. In-depth study and analysis of the educational experiences of American Indians, focusing on contemporary educational issues and experiences, examining the impacts of cultural orientations, stereotypes, bias, and other issues on the educational attainment of American Indian students. Critique instructional practices and programs developed addressing the needs of American Indian students. Cross Listed with EDCI 5130. Prerequisite: post-Baccalaureate status.

5141. Instructional Methods of American Indian Education. 3. Addresses culturally responsive methodologies for teaching American Indian students, reviews documentary accounts of Native education and autobiographical accounts of Native teachers and children, develops appreciation of the complexity and difficulties of Native education. Insight necessary for development of appropriate teaching methods and materials. Cross listed with EDCI 5141. Prerequisite: post-Baccalaureate status.

5360. American Indian Women. 3. Explores the lives of American Indian women in a variety of contexts through time. The complexity and diversity of Indian women's experiences throughout history are emphasized. Concerns Indian women's lives within the reality of European American colonization and its consequences for Indian peoples. Dual listed with AIST 4360; cross-listed with WMST/SOC 5360. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 2000-level AIST courses.

5462. American Indian History to 1783. 3. Surveys the history of American Indians from the period before contact to the end of the American Revolution. Examines the various contacts between American Indians and Europeans and considers what the American Revolution meant to the continent's Native peoples. Dual listed with AIST 4462; cross listed with HIST 5462. Prerequisite: HIST/AIST 2290.

5463. American Indian History to 1890. 3. Surveys the history of American Indians during the era of westward expansion. Examines the impact of American westward movement and also the manifold changes that accompanied Indians moving west. Dual listed with AIST 4463; cross listed with HIST 5463. Prerequisite: HIST/AIST 2290.

5464. American Indian History in the 20th Century. 3. Surveys the history of American Indians during the 20th century. Examines the development of new cultural, social, and political forms that help create an American Indian identity. Dual listed with AIST 4464; cross listed with HIST 5464. Prerequisites: HIST/AIST 2290.

5466. American Indian Ethnohistory. 3. Surveys ethnohistorical methods and concepts and provides students concrete opportunities to use these methodologies in writing exercises. American Indian ethnohistory explores Native American experiences within their own cultural contexts. Dual listed with AIST 4466; cross listed with HIST 5466. Prerequisite: ANTH/AIST 2210 or HIST/AIST 2290.

5468. American Indians in the West. 3. One of the defining features of the North American West is the presence of American Indians. Through the discussion of varied readings and primary document research, the history of American Indians in the West is examined, with particular emphasis on the Great Plains and California. Dual listed with AIST 4468; cross listed with HIST 5468. Prerequisites: HIST/AIST 2290.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: Credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

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