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Department of Native American Studies
The Department of Native American Studies was established to provide and
advance quality education for and about American Indians of Montana, the
region, and the nation. In fulfilling this mission, the Department is committed to
meet the changing needs of Montana's Indian tribes and all Montana citizens
through excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Native American Studies has assumed a uniquely broad
responsibility to serve a number of constituencies. In doing so, it is
committed to a balance in its four major roles: teaching, research, public
service, and student services. In its academic program, the Department provides
concentrated study through a Master of Arts and a minor in Native American Studies, as well as
opportunities for students to gain a multicultural perspective in pursuing a
general education through the University's Core curriculum. The Department,
through its research and other creative efforts, actively pursues
interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of Native American Studies. At the
same time, the faculty seeks opportunities to develop programs which address
the needs of its campus and off-campus constituencies. In its service
function, the Department has a special responsibility to Indian tribes,
communities, and organizations to assist self-directed educational,
socioeconomic, cultural, and community development. In addition to fulfilling
the traditional role of an academic unit, Native American
Studies also assumes a commitment to the educational advancement of Indian
people and in doing so, the Department performs a vital student service function
to increase the academic achievement and retention of Native American students
at Montana State University.
Native American Studies reflects an Indian voice in the
University's teaching, research, and service functions. In pursuing its mission
and goals, the Department will continue to serve as a vital link between the
University and Indian people.
The deparment's curriculum, research and creativity, serive, and student programs are desribed in the College of Letters and Science portion of the catalog under the Minor in Native American Studies.
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