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 tribal governments and relationships with various local, state and federal government agencies.

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 internships and service learning opportunities. As an academic program, American Indian Studies is designed to advance USAO’s interdisciplinary, liberal arts mission and further enrich the IDS experience.

 

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 2990                                           Tutorial*                                                                                       1-4

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 (INST)

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).