American Indian Studies


The American Indian Studies program provides knowledge of the traditions and history of the first Americans and an understanding of the unique relationship of the government of the United States to the tribes and individual American Indians. Its curriculum has shifted to accommodate changing contemporary requirements of students. Greater emphasis has been placed on understanding the sovereignty of American Indian Nations and how it affects their governments and their relationships to local, state and federal governments of the United States.

The goal of the American Indian Studies program is to develop a diverse student body to include American Indians from the many tribes in Oklahoma and the nation. In addition to traditional on-campus offerings, the program also offers extension in-service and mid-career training.

As an academic program, American Indian Studies is designed to advance USAO’s interdisciplinary, liberal arts mission and further enrich the IDS experience. Students may also pursue a course of study which combines liberal arts with professional education. Thus, students are advised to select a second major especially suited for acquiring marketable skills for entry into a chosen career upon graduation. Several degree combinations are possible with the guidance of appropriate faculty advisors.

 

Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies (30 hours total)

Required American Indian Studies Core (9 hours)

 

Course Title Hours Required

INST 3133 History of Federal Indian Law and Policy (3)

INST 4533 Seminar in American Indian Studies* (3)

 

Plus must complete at least three hours from the following

American Indian Communication- choose one from the following (3)

INST 1123 Cross-Cultural Communication

INST 2880 Clemente I or Clemente II (1-4 hours)

INST 2900 Kiowa (or other American Indian Language) (1-4 hours)

INST 4900 Kiowa (or other American Indian Language) (1-4 hours)

 

American Indian Studies Electives (choose 21 hours)

INST 1333 Oklahoma Indian Tradition and History (3)

INST 2003 Contemporary American Indian Issues (3)

INST 2133 American Indian Education (3)

INST 2880 Special Topics* (Clemente I or Clemente II Communication) (1-4)

INST 2900 Workshop* (Kiowa or other American Indian Language) (1-4)

INST 2990 Tutorial* (1-4)

INST 3133 History of Federal Indian Law and Policy (3)

INST 3233 Tribal Government and the Law (3)

INST 3323 American Indian History before 1492 (3)

INST 3353 History of Plains Indian Warfare (3)

INST 3393 Topics in American Indian History (3)

INST 3443 American Indian Economics (3)

INST 4383 American Indian Arts (3)

INST 4533 Seminar in American Indian Studies* (3)

INST 4880 Special Topics* (1-4)

INST 4900 Workshop* (Kiowa or other American Indian Language) (1-4)

INST 4990 Tutorial* (1-4)
 

*May be repeated for total of 6 hours

 

Minor in American Indian Studies (18 hours total)

Required American Indian Studies Core same as for major, except the student should not take INST 4533 (6 hours)

Plus 12 hours of American Indian Studies to be selected with approval of advisor

 

COURSE LISTINGS in AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES

1123 AMERICAN INDIAN CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Techniques of communicating across tribal and cultural lines of understanding from courses in American Indian tradition, emphasizing oral and written communication skills. 3 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

 

1333 OKLAHOMA INDIAN TRADITION AND HISTORY
Survey of traditional and historical materials concerning the many diverse tribes which migrated or were forcibly removed to Indian Territory and their history as tribal peoples in the State of Oklahoma. 3 hours.

 

2003 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN INDIAN ISSUES
Current issues facing American Indian tribes and individuals, emphasizing tribal cultural perspectives and the use of contemporary logical skills in their analysis. 3 hours.

 

2123 TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY INDIAN LITERATURE
General survey of various types of traditional and contemporary American Indian prose and poetry, particularly legends, myths, oratory, poetry, short stories, novels, and memoirs. 3 hours.

 

2133 AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION
Systematic analysis of traditional and contemporary educational methods practiced among American Indian tribes of North America, with emphasis upon Oklahoma tribal practices. 3 hours.

 

2880 SPECIAL TOPICS
Special topics in American Indian Studies. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

 

2900 WORKSHOP
Guided study in Indian studies under faculty supervision; various topics and methods of instruction. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and topic).

 

2990 TUTORIAL
Independent study in American Indian Studies under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content).

 

3133 HISTORY OF FEDERAL INDIAN LAW AND POLICY
This course surveys the development of U.S. Indian Law and policy from the founding of the United States to present, paying particular attention to fundamental laws and cases that govern the Federal-Indian relationship to this day.

 

3233 TRIBAL GOVERNMENT AND THE LAW
General survey of American Indian tribal government with special emphasis on its legal basis. 3 hours.

 

3323 AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY BEFORE 1492
Examination of American Indian civilizations in the pre-contact era.

 

3353 HISTORY OF PLAINS INDIAN WARFARE

An examination of the Plains wars of the late 1800’s, with an emphasis on the causes and consequences of these wars.
 

3393 TOPICS IN AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY
This course will examine particular topics and eras in American Indian History

 

3443 AMERICAN INDIAN ECONOMICS
A study of traditional and current economic concerns affecting both American Indian tribes and individuals. 3 hours.

 

4383 AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS
A study of the meaning of American Indian arts, including painting and other graphic arts, dance and music. 3 hours.

 

4533 SEMINAR IN AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES
Required for all American Indian Studies majors: research methods and writing, supervised independent study, and preparation of a research report or paper. (May be repeated for total of 6 hours with change of title and content). 3 hours

 

4880 SPECIAL TOPICS
Special topics in American Indian Studies. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

 

4900 WORKSHOP
Treatment of related topics and issues in American Indian Studies. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content).

 

4990 TUTORIAL
Independent study in American Indian Studies under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours with change in title and content).