Montana State University

MSU online course focuses on American Indian art

August 13, 2009

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Montana State University offers an online Native American Studies course this fall that explores the arts of North American indigenous peoples.

The course, "American Indian Art Survey" (NAS 551), begins Aug. 31 and is taught entirely online.

MSU is currently developing a graduate certificate in Native American Studies and will offer more online NAS courses in upcoming semesters.

The MSU instructor is Ceilon Aspensen, who also teaches art and journalism in Baltimore. She has combined her interests in art, education and Native American studies to create the course. Students will examine Native American artworks and the political, cosmological, religious and spiritual values of the cultural groups that created them.

Students must have completed a bachelor's degree to enroll in the course, but do not need to be currently enrolled in an MSU graduate degree program. Students who complete the course will earn three graduate credits from MSU.

The course is appropriate for teachers, particularly those who need training to fulfill Montana's Indian Education for All requirements, as well as those seeking graduate-level coursework in Native American Studies.

For more information or to enroll in the course, visit the MSU Extended University Web site: and click on the list of online courses. Once there, click on "Native American Studies."

Janine Hansen, (406) 994-5240,