2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Native American Studies
Sociology, Political Science, Native American Studies & Environmental Studies
(406) 657-2311

* NASX 105 Introduction to Native American Studies
[formerly NAMS 181 Introduction to Native American Studies]
3 cr.  Covers the scope and concepts of American Indian Studies.  Provides a general overview of Indian culture, sociology, values, and history from both a national and regional perspective.  Considers the interaction between Indian and non-Indian cultures.

* NASX 205 Native Americans in Contemporary Society
[formerly NAMS 211 Social Issues of the Native American]
3 cr.  Analytical and evaluative examination of the sociology of Native Americans.  Emphasis on the issues raised by the interface of the Native American culture and values with the majority cultures of the United States, including problem areas such as alcoholism, alienation, education, health, crime, and intercultural relations.

NASX 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly NAMS 292 Seminar]
V1-3 cr.  Provides freshmen and sophomores an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of Native American Studies.

NASX 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly NAMS 293 Workshop]
V1-3 cr.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Native American Studies.

NASX 298 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly NAMS 296 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr.  Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of Native American Studies supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

NASX 304 Native American Beliefs and Philosophy
[formerly NAMS 413 Native American Philosophies and Religions]
3 cr. Prerequisite: at least one lower division course in Religion, Philosophy, or Native American Studies, or permission of instructor.  Covers Native American philosophies and religions, including basic types and elements of traditional beliefs, ceremonies, holy objects, practitioners, visions, and world views; influence of Christianity through missionaries, federal Indian policy, nativistic movements, and syncretism; and contemporary perspectives such as the Native American Church, Sun Dance, God is Red theology, and revitalization.  Special attention is paid to selected Indian tribes.

NASX 332 Montana Indians:  Cultures, Histories, Current Issues
[formerly NAMS 300 Montana Tribal Groups]
3 cr.  Provides a description and analysis of Montana tribes including tribal oral traditions, rock art, intercultural relations, culture change, the impact of Euro-American exploration, the fur trade, and early Westward expansion.  Attention is given to the Indian
wars, development of the reservation system, persistence and revival of Indian culture, civil rights, and urbanization.

NASX 340 Native American Literature (crosslisted with LIT 305)
[formerly NAMS/ENGL 303 Literature of the American Indian]
3 cr. Prerequisite: at least one lower division course in English or Native American Studies, or permission of the instructor.  Includes fictional and non-fictional oral, written, and visual literature pertaining to Native Americans and created by Indians and non- Indians including traditional literature such as legends, myths, teaching stories, humor, songs, orations, dramas, captivity accounts, sign language, winter counts, and hide paintings; contemporary literature such as poetry, songs, short stories, novels, humor, newspapers, theatricals, movies, television, and picture books; and translation, interpretation, and criticism, with insight drawn from Indian cultural traditions, the humanities, and the social sciences.

NASX 350 Native Americans and the Environment
[formerly NAMS 351 Native Americans and the Environment]
3 cr.  Examines traditional beliefs and attitudes of Native Americans with respect to the natural environment as expressed in speeches, stories, and prayer.  Surveys traditional techniques and uses of land, plants, and animals.  Contemporary environmental issues and actions confronting American Indians are also analyzed.

NASX 379 Federal Indian Law
[ formerly NAMS/POLS 314 The Indian and the Law/PSCI 376 The Indian and the Law]
(WR) 3 cr.  Covers the development of federal, state, and tribal statutes dealing with Native Americans; judicial decisions that have significant input on the legal status of Indian tribes and individuals; and federal agency policy which constitutes administrative law for tribes.  Discusses the impact of Western European and United States jurisprudence on the history and culture of the Indian.

NASX 406 History of American Indian Women
3 cr.  Provides a description and analysis of Indian women from oral histories, legends, and research literature.  Attention is given to the roles and responsibilities of Indian women within tribal culture and in response to intercultural relations with other tribes and to Euro-American impact.  The challenges and accomplishments of Indian women as leaders, homemakers, warriors, healers, and artists will be examined.  Course materials will include discussion of the role of women in the evolution of bi-cultural living with particular concentration on the impact of the fur trade and education.  Attention is paid to methods and findings derived from archeology, oral traditions, ethnographic studies, and historical sources.

NASX 419 Federal Indian Policy (crosslisted with PSCI 419)
[formerly NAMS/POLS 495 Federal Indian Policy]
3 cr. Prerequisites: NASX 105 or NASX 205.  Explores the development of the United States’ federal Indian policy from colonial times to the present.  Follows the evolution of federal Indian policy as a result of tensions between assimilation and separation forces in general and of other legal, political, economic and social forces acting in the United States.  Explores how contemporary American Indians fit into the American political system.

NASX 439 American Indian Art (crosslisted with ARTH 439)
[formerly NAMS 439 Survey of American Indian Art]
3 cr.  Presents an overview and analysis of Native American art forms, techniques, and traditions.  Background and interpretation of traditional and contemporary styles and symbols important to both tribal and individual expression.  Includes discussion of tribal arts and crafts associations, markets and exhibitions, and federal laws.

NASX 492 Independent Study
[formerly NAMS 491 Independent Study]
V1-5 cr.  Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by the regular courses.

NASX 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly NAMS 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr.  Provides advanced students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of Native American Studies.

NASX 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly NAMS 493 Workshop]
V1-3 cr.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Native American Studies.

NASX 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly NAMS 490 Native American Studies Internship]
V1-12 cr. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and consent of chairperson of department.  Provides outstanding students an individual opportunity to
explore material not covered by regular Native American Studies courses.  No more than 6 hours may be counted toward a Native American Studies minor.

NASX 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly NAMS 496 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr.  Provides university credit for a work experience in the area of Native American Studies supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

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