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MSU online Native American art course starts May 18

May 12, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University offers an online graduate course called “American Indian Art Survey” starting May 18. The course offers three graduate credits in Native American Studies. Students do not have to enroll in an MSU degree program in order to take the course.

The course explores the unique arts of North American indigenous peoples within the overlapping contexts of culture area, politics, cosmology, religion and spirituality, as well as gender. Students will examine Native American artwork for both its aesthetic and functional value, and they will explore indigenous artworks as collectible items, including the unique legal issues that apply to the collection and sale of Native American antiquities.

The course is taught by Ceilon Aspensen, a lifelong artist who taught high school art and journalism in Baltimore and was an art teacher and mentor in Bozeman prior to earning her teaching certification. Aspensen earned her master's degree in Native American Studies from MSU with an emphasis on electronic distance education delivery.

The course runs online from May 18 to Aug. 7.

Students do not have to be enrolled in an MSU program of study to take the course. Students interested in earning an online or campus degree or certificate, including the online graduate certificate in Native American Studies, should speak with an MSU academic advisor about applying these credits toward their program.

To register or read more about the courses, visit MSU's Extended University at The course is listed under Native American Studies. 

For more information, contact Janine Hansen, (406) 994-6683,