Montana State University

Department of Native American Studies

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172340
Bozeman, MT 59717-2340

Tel: (406) 994-3881
Fax: (406) 994-3343
E-mail: NAS@montana.edu
Location: 2-179 Wilson Hall

Department Chair

Walter Fleming

 

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Undergraduate Minor Courses

NAS 001 - 2 credits
Selected Issues in Personal Development
For students making an adjustment to university life. Topics include study skills, goal setting, decision making, time management, and personal issues that face college students.

NAS 100 S# - 3 credits
Introduction to Native American Studies
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 people.

NAS 201 S# - 3 credits
American Indians in Montana
Movements of Indians into Montana. Social structures including kinship, political affiliations, military, warrior societies, religion. Establishment of Montana's reservations, treaties, agreements with the federal government, vested rights of Indians, sovereignty, self-government, contemporary tribal governments, contemporary Indian societies, socioeconomic challenges.

NAS 220 - 3 credits
American Indian Art
The esthetic, cultural and symbolic meanings of traditional and contemporary American Indian art. Plains, Southwestern Northwest Coast and Inuit art and artists.

NAS 242 S# - 3 credits
American Indians in Contemporary Society
Selected contemporary economic, social, political, educational and cultural issues facing American Indians today, with special emphasis on tribal groups in Montana.

NAS 270 - 1-3 credits
Individual Problems
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

NAS 280 - 1-3 credits
Special Topics
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.

NAS 290 - 1-3 credits
Directed Undergraduate Research
Lower division directed research and study on an individual basis.

NAS 305 - 3 credits
Gender Issues in Native American Studies
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.

NAS 315 - 3 credits
Native American Indians and the Cinema
Interpretive analysis of images and representations of American Indians in feature, independent and tele-films. Study economics and politics of cultural reproduction and the historical and material ideologies at work in the film industries. Dominant society and Indian created films are examined.

NAS 320 H# - 3 credits
American Indian Religion and Philosophical Thought
Religion and philosophical traditions of tribal peoples of the American, various forms of spiritual expression and how they relate to a human sense of an existing moral order.

NAS 325 - 3 credits
Native Peoples of the Americans
Histories and cultures of representative native peoples of North, Central and South America, impact of European discovery, conquest and colonization: political, social and economic developments from pre-Colombian to present times.

NAS 330 - 3 credits
American Indian Policy and Law
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.

NAS 340 H# - 3 credits
American Indian Literature
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 genre.

NAS 400 - 1 credit
Seminar
Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

NAS 430 - 3 credits
American Indian Education
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.

NAS 470 Individual Problems 1-3 credits
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

NAS 476 - 2-12 credits
Internship
An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provided guided experience in the field.

NAS 480 - 1-3 credits
Special Topics
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.

NAS 489/490 - 1-3 credits
Directed Undergraduate Research
Upper division directed research and study on an individual basis.



Updated: 08/30/2011