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Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

NASX
Native American Studies


NASX 105D  INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NASX 205D  NATIVE AMERICANS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

NASX 232D  MONTANA INDIAN CULTURES,HISTORIES,CURRENT ISSUES

NASX 239   SURVEY OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART

NASX 253   INDIGENOUS LITERATURE AND THE WEST

NASX 280IS NAS RESEARCH THEORIES & METHODS

NASX 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

NASX 291   SPECIAL TOPICS 

NASX 292   INDEPENDENT STUDY

NASX 294R  SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

NASX 304   NATIVE AMERICAN BELIEFS & PHILOSOPHY

NASX 310   NATIVE CULTURES OF NORTH AMERICA

NASX 340   NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE

NASX 360   NATIVE AMERICAN AND CINEMA

NASX 405   GENDER ISSUES IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NASX 415   NATIVE FOOD SYSTEMS

NASX 430   AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION

NASX 440   MONTANA INDIAN LITERATURE

NASX 450   HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDIAN

NASX 476   AMERICAN INDIAN LAW & POLICY 

NASX 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

NASX 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

NASX 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

NASX 494   SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

NASX 498   INTERNSHIP/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

NASX 505   PROSEMINAR IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NASX 515   NATIVE FOOD SYSTEMS

NASX 520   FEMINIST AND GENDER THEORIES IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES  

NASX 521   TRIBAL GOVERNMENT: YESTERDAY AND TODAY

NASX 523   AMERICAN INDIANS AND MINORITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

NASX 524   CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES

NASX 525   INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHIES OF SACRED ECOLOGIES

NASX 530   FEDERAL LAW AND INDIAN POLICY

NASX 540   THEORETICAL POSITIONS IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES

NASX 541   A CRITICAL APPROACH TO NAS METHODOLOGIES

NASX 550   NATIVE AMERICA: DISPELLING THE MYTHS

NASX 551   AMERICAN INDIAN ART SURVEY

NASX 552   INDIGENOUS NATIONS OF MONTANA

NASX 553   INDIGENOUS LITERATURE AND THE WEST

NASX 560   NATIVE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITIONS

NASX 575   PROFESSIONAL PAPER

NASX 589   GRADUATE CONSULTATION	

NASX 590   MASTER'S THESIS

NASX 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

NASX 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

NASX 594   SEMINAR

NASX 598   INTERNSHIP


Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

NASX 105D INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- A survey of traditional and contemporary American Indian cultures, the historical development of the unique relationship between the federal government and Indian nations, and current issues among Indian peoples.

NASX 205D NATIVE AMERICANS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Selected contemporary economic, social, political, educational, and cultural issues facing American Indians today, with special emphasis on tribal groups in Montana.

NASX 232D MONTANA INDIAN CULTURES, HISTORIES, CURRENT ISSUES
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Movements of Indians into Montana. Social structures including kinship, political affiliations; military, warrior societies, and religion. Establishment of Montana's reservations; treaties and agreements with the federal government; vested rights of Indians; sovereignty and self-government; contemporary tribal governments; contemporary Indian societies; socioeconomic problems.

NASX 239 SURVEY OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART
F 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The aesthetic, cultural, and symbolic meanings of traditional and contemporary American Indian art: Plains, Southwestern, Northwest Coast, and Inuit art and artists.

NASX 253 INDIGENOUS LITERATURE AND THE WEST
S 3 cr. SEM 3
-- This course will familiarize us with Indigenous literature and its relation to the American and Canadian West. We will seek to retrace the creation of the Western mythos while placing Indigenous perspectives and literature at the center of our discussions.

NASX 280IS NAS RESEARCH THEORIES & METHODS
S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: NASX 105.
-- This course critically examines the political and academic foundations of Native American Studies. It analyzes the theoretical and methodological underpinnings, emphasizing indigenous paradigms and practices. Students are expected to think analytically, participate in discussion, and do original research.

NASX 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 8 cr. RCT
PREREQUISITE: Consent of department head.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

NASX 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

NASX 292 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Max 6
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

NASX 294R SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
F,S,Su 1 - 2 cr. RCT
COREQUISITE: NASX 290.
-- Classroom instruction associated with directed undergraduate research and creative activity projects.

NASX 304 NATIVE AMERICAN BELIEFS AND PHILOSOPHY
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing.
-- An in-depth analysis of specific contemporary and historic, tribal, and pan-Indian beliefs. Basic elements of Native American religions are defined from the perspective of the practitioner's understanding of their contributions to distinct cosmologies. The legal protection of Native American religions frames the analysis.

NASX 310 NATIVE CULTURES OF NORTH AMERICA
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing.
-- Histories and cultures of representative Native peoples of North America; impact of European discovery, conquest and colonization: political, social, and economic developments from pre-Colombian to present times including contemporary issues facing the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

NASX 340 NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
F,S 3 CR. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing and WRIT 101W.
-- Traditional and contemporary Native American literature including oral narratives, folktales, poetry, short stories, essays, and the novel. Methods of literary analysis will be explored to assist students in determining the meaning and function of the various genres.

NASX 360 NATIVE AMERICAN AND CINEMA
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Analysis of images and representations of American Indians in feature, independent, and tele-films based in a cultural studies approach to film and film production. Considerable attention is given to Indigenous aesthetics

NASX 405 GENDER ISSUES IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in NAS and junior standing, or permission of instructor.
-- Compare and contrast the social construction of gender in Native American cultures and Euroamericans. Explore role of women, men and "two-spirit" gender of early North American Indigenous societies. Analyze the impact of European colonization on traditional roles and examine contemporary gender issues.

NASX 415 NATIVE FOOD SYSTEMS
F alternate years, will be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 1 SEM 2
PREREQUISITE: NASX 105 or NASX 232 and upper division standing.
-- This course engages indigenous practices and beliefs, focusing particularly on the food systems of the Native Americans, and using comparative data from across time and place. Of specific interest are dynamic connections between Native foods and the health of people and place, both traditionally and in societies affected by colonization and rapid cultural change.

NASX 430 AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION
S alternate years, will be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, NASX 232.
-- Historical development and contemporary directions in American Indian education, values and assumptions inherent in programs devised at the state and federal levels and their results, the cultural basis of Indian education, and selected materials appropriate to the various educational levels.

NASX 440 MONTANA INDIAN LITERATURE
F alternate years, will be offered odd years 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, or consent of instruction.
-- Examination of literature written by and about Native American peoples in Montana. Emphasis on the changing status (function and value) of such writing and on social and political analyses of texts and writers, including Earling, McNickle, Mourning Dove, and Welch.

NASX 450 HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDIAN
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: HSTA 101 or HSTA 102.
-- Indian affairs in America from 1600-1970. Emphasis on white reaction to the American Indians and the effect of the European invasion on Indian culture.

NASX 476 AMERICAN INDIAN POLICY & LAW
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: NASX 105, and junior standing.
-- Survey of institutions, laws, cultures, and political forces which shaped federal Indian policy from colonial times to the present. Examination of primary documents, treaties, case law, and agencies which are the foundations of federal relationships with Indian Tribes.

NASX 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
On Demand 1 - 6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

NASX 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisite as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

NASX 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

NASX 494R SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
F,S,Su 1 - 2 cr. RCT May be repeated. Max 4 cr.
COREQUISITE: NASX 490.
-- Classroom instruction associated with directed undergraduate research/creative activity projects.

NASX 498 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 - 12 cr. IND
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

NASX 505 PROSEMINAR IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
F 3 cr. SEM 3
--This course is a Graduate introduction to Native American Studies.

NASX 515 NATIVE FOOD SYSTEMS
F 3 cr. SEM 3
--This course engages indigenous practices and beliefs, focusing particularly on the food systems of the Native Americans, and using comparative data from across time and place. Of specific interest are dynamic connections between Native foods and the health of people and place, both traditionally and in societies affected by colonization and rapid cultural change.

NASX 520 FEMINIST AND GENDER THEORIES IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
--This course is intended to explore gender issues in Native American Studies. It will critically explore the problems and points of conflict between Native American women's gender concerns and Euroamerican feminist theories.

NASX 521 TRIBAL GOVERNMENT: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
--The course examines the complexities of American Indian governments' organization, their histories, and the unique relationship between the Federal government and American Indian tribes. The course highlights several models of both traditional and contemporary tribal governance systems.

NASX 523 AMERICAN INDIANS AND MINORITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- The course will develop and build the students' understanding of the historical and current situation of American Indians and other minorities in the U.S. higher education. It will also focus on the unique place of tribal colleges in the U.S. higher education.

NASX 524 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES
F to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- The course is intended to develop and refine the students' knowledge of the historical background of American Indian issues and how history now affects the contemporary issues facing American Indians.

NASX 525 INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHIES OF SACRED ECOLOGIES
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- This course begins by examining indigenous philosophies of sacred ecologies, contrasting these views with those held by Europeans regarding the natural world. It traces the impact of historical colonialism in the environment up to contemporary conflicts over sacred sites and environmental resources.

NASX 530 FEDERAL LAW AND INDIAN POLICY
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Advanced analysis of theories, doctrines, case law, and legislation with a focus on key legal and policy concerns for contemporary Native America including treaties, criminal jurisdiction, land, environmental regulation, water rights, fishing and hunting, child welfare, gaming, taxation, repatriation, and religious freedom.

NASX 540 THEORETICAL POSITIONS IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
--An introduction to the central conceptualizations of the academic discipline of Native American Studies and several of the theoretical paradigms operative within it. Students will gain an understanding of the contributions of Native American Studies to theoretical understandings within, across, and beyond dominant academic disciplines.

NASX 541 A CRITICAL APPROACH TO NAS METHODOLOGIES
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- A critical survey of the interdisciplinary approaches used in NAS grounded in a sociopolitical context with emphasis on ethical questions raised by research of Native Americans. Students receive individual attention toward formulating an effective methodology for their master's project.

NASX 550 NATIVE AMERICA: DISPELLING THE MYTHS
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- This course is designed around a series of commonly held assumptions or "myths". When unexamined, these assumptions undermine our ability to communicate across cultures, and ultimately form the basis for some of the worst forms of racism and stereotyping. We wrestle with these preconceptions while learning the most basic elements of American Indian-which is to say American-history.

NASX 551 AMERICAN INDIAN ART SURVEY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Exploration of the functions and purposes of the unique arts of North American indigenous peoples by culture area, in both the past and the present, within the overlapping contexts of culture area politics, cosmology, religion and spirituality, and gender.

NASX 552 INDIGENOUS NATIONS OF MONTANA
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
-- NASX 552 is a graduate level introduction to Montana's contemporary Indigenous Nations, with a summary overview of Montana's PaleoIndian prehistory and post-contact history. Students explore the traditional culture and history of each Montana tribe, and focus on the contemporary life and issues pertinent to each tribe.

NASX 553 INDIGENOUS LITERATURE AND THE WEST
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- This course will familiarize us with Indigenous literature and its relation to the American and Canadian West. We will seek to retrace the creation of the Western mythos while placing Indigenous perspectives and literature at the center of our discussions.

NASX 560 NATIVE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITIONS
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- A survey of prose writing, mainly long fiction, by and about contemporary Native Americans.

NASX 575 PROFESSIONAL PAPER
F,S,Su 1-6 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must have been mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major adviser and graduate committee.

NASX 589 GRADUATE CONSULTATION
F,S,SU 3 cr. TUT 3
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies
-- This course may be used only by graduate students who have completed all of their course work and their theses, if on a thesis plan, but who need additional faculty or staff time and assistance.

NASX 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S,Su 1-10 cr. May be repeated.
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

NASX 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1-4 cr. RCT Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

NASX 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

NASX 594 SEMINAR
On Demand 1-4 cr. SEM
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

NASX 598 INTERNSHIP
F,S,Su 1-6 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

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