This course is designed to present an indigenous perspective to explore both the historical and contemporary issues facing Native American people. The course will examine the history and development of American Indian Studies as an academic discipline and will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of American Indian Studies employing a broad interdisciplinary approach. A range of topics will be covered, including history, art, literature, language, culture, religion, sociology, geography, as well as historical and contemporary law and economic development issues.
Utilizing historical and contemporary experiences of American Indians, this course examines the importance of tribal sovereignty for the sociopolitical, cultural, and religious rights of Native people. Federal Indian law and policy provide a context for exploring contemporary sovereignty issues and proposed solutions that impact American Indians in relation to broader American culture.
Survey of the history and material production of the Native American tribes living within the boundaries of the continental United States and Canada. Focus on basic concepts and primary issues related to tribes of the major geographical areas: the woodland areas, which includes the Northeast and Great Lakes area, the Southeast, the Great Plains, the Southwest, the Plateau and West Coast, and the Northwest Coast. No credit for students with credit in 5763.
Analysis and presentation of economic issues specific to American Indian tribes, business enterprises, and entrepreneurial ventures in Indian country - emphasizing the important distinction of American Indians as sovereign nations. This course offers a wide variety of opportunities for learning, including in-class exercises, class projects, and American Indian guest speakers with a range of business backgrounds and entrepreneurial experience (e.g., tribal and private enterprises).
Origins and development of a literary tradition in its historical and cultural context.
1-10 credits, max 10. Special studies in areas not regularly offered; basic level.
Systematic analysis of geographic patterns, processes, and issues peculiar to the lands of the indigenous peoples of the United States including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Spatial interaction of federal policy and indigenous sovereignties.
Overview of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), its institutional history, its role in Indian Country today, its structure, its mission, and the many controversies surrounding the agency. Students will learn about the conflicting legal frameworks that govern the BIA, ranging from criminal justice to the agency's trust obligation. Special attention will be given to select topics such as the role of the agency in the creation of Indian Boarding Schools, land management, and justice.
American Indians from Columbus to the present, emphasizing tribal reaction to European and United States cultural contact and government policy.
Life in the New World from the colonial to the postmodern era using a multiplicity of interdisciplinary texts that demonstrate the emergence and ongoing evolution of distinctive American identities. (Same course as AMST 3813)
Early exploration and establishment of Indian Territory; the rise and demise of the Five Indian Nations; and the organization and development of the 41st state to the present. Required of all candidates for teacher’s licensure/certification in social studies.
Emergence of the modern West from Spanish and French settlement and exploration, the Rocky Mountain fur trade, the settlement of Texas, Oregon, California, and Utah, the mining, ranching and farming frontiers, the Indian Wars and transportation.
1-3 credits, max 9. For students interested in pursuing either a research or a reading project. Open to honors students in history and to others by permission of the department head.
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 3214, departmental invitation, senior standing, Honors College participation. A guided reading and research program ending with an honors thesis under the direction of a senior faculty member. Required for graduation with departmental honors in psychology.
1-6 credits, (minimum 3 hrs; maximum 6 hrs). Prerequisite(s): 1113, 3214 and consent of instructor. For honors students and other outstanding students. Experimental or library research.
Examination of the arts of Latin America, beginning with the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec, and continuing through the Early Modern period (until 1800) in Spanish America.
Geographic interpretation of physical, economic, historical and scenic features.
Examination of the spatial dynamics of frontier encounter and settlement, regional development, and cultural landscape evolution in the United States from pre-European to modern times.
Examination of the changing ways society (from Native American to post-industrial) has defined, interpreted, valued, and used nature.
Southwestern states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California from the Spanish colonial period to the present. Mining, ranching, farming frontiers, Indian wars of the Apache, Comanche and other southwestern tribes, and the emergence of the modern Southwest.
The American workforce is becoming increasingly more diverse. Successful leaders need to be able to interact with a wide-range of individuals. In this class, students will examine how managers build a successful organization by embracing diversity.
The course covers race, gender, and ethnicity as factors that impact entrepreneurship. Students look at the theoretical underpinnings of minority and women’s entrepreneurship and their opportunities, challenges, and strategies when creating ventures.
Psychological theories and research pertinent to understanding multicultural psychology.
Explores the nature and causes of stereotyping, discrimination, and minority experience - mainly from a social psychological perspective. Examines how these issues impact social group members, especially members of low status or minority groups.
The historical and sociological dimensions of race and ethnicity in global society and understanding of the controversies and conflicts that race and ethnicity have generated in the global experience.
The social structure and organization of American society. Approaches to our contemporary national experience through the relational character of ideas and the social and historical experience of their producers.