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Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in American Indian Studies

Award: Associate of Arts
Total Credits for Award: 60.00

Admission Requirements:
Description:

The department of American Indian Studies offers general education courses that create a cohesive knowledge base of the worldviews, histories, languages, literatures, cultures, arts, and contemporary experiences of American Indian nations and peoples. The department is committed to preparing students for a real world understanding of American Indian nations and their distinct political relationship with federal, state and local governments, and is designed to provide an intellectual background for companion majors or specialized skills areas in two and four year programs. In addition, the department promotes an awareness for, and understanding of, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, strives to protect and promote the integrity and identity of the indigenous population of North America, and create an intellectual learning environment conducive to critical and creative thought.


Program Learning Outcome #1:  Articulate an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity and validity of the history, literature, art, spirituality, practices and political struggles of various American Indian cultures, perspectives and experiences in the past and the present.

Program Learning Outcome #2:  Appreciate and/or use the Indigenous languages of America for basic conversation purposes.

Program Learning Outcome #3:  Demonstrate a more specific understanding of the history, culture and contemporary experiences of American Indian tribes in Minnesota; in particular, Dakota and Ojibwe.

Program Learning Outcome #4:  Develop and incorporate the skills and methodologies of American Indian Studies, such as critical thinking, field work, data collection, interviews and academic writing.

Program Learning Outcome #5:  Demonstrate knowledge of how Native and non-native historians and social scientists discover, describe and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events and ideas of the Indigenous Nations of the Americas.



COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FIRST SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 AMIS 1000

 Native America

 3.00

*CMST 2012

 Choose any CMST course from MnTC Goal Area 1. (CMST 2012: Intercultural Communication is recommended)

 3.00

 ENGL 1110 Or ENGA 1110

 College Composition

 3.00

 HLTH Course

 Choose any Health course from the HLTH offerings

 2.00

 INFS 1000

 Information Literacy and Research Skills

 2.00

 General Education

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area 10 course. (WGSS 2212: Gender, Health and the Environment is recommended)

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 16.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: SECOND SEMESTER: 

COURSE #

TITLE

 CREDITS

 ENGL 1111

 Research and Composition for Change

 3.00

 Choose one of the courses from the list below

 

 AMIS 1100

 Or

 AMIS 1120

 Or

 AMIS 1200

 Or

 AMIS 1300

 Or

 AMIS 1350

 Native American Literature

 Or

 Community Development and Indigenous Cultures

 Or

 Native American Art and Art History

 Or

 Native Americans in Cinema and Popular Culture

 Or

 Native American Education: Past and Present

 3.00

 PHED Course

 Choose any Physical Education course from the PHED offerings

 1.00

 General Education

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area 3 course with a lab science

 4.00

 PSCI 1180

 Politics, Media and Community Organizing: Indigenous Understandings and Applications

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 14.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: THIRD SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 Choose one of the courses from the list below not taken in second semester

 

 AMIS 1120

 Or

 AMIS 1350

 Or

 SOCI 2145

 Community Development and Indigenous Cultures

 Or

 American Indian Education: Past and Present

 Or

 American Minority Relations

 3.00

 General Education

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area 3 course. You must choose a different discipline.

 4.00

 DAKO 1900

 Dakota Culture and History

 3.00

 DAKO 1000

 Or

 OJIB 1000

 Dakota 1

 Or

 Ojibwe 1

 (Recommended or choose any MnTC Goal Area 8 course)

 

5.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FOURTH SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 MATH 1140

 Or

 PHIL 2110

 

 

 Introductory Statistics

 Or

 Logic

Or

Choose any MnTC Goal Area 4 course

 

 

 3.00

 OJIB 1800

 Ojibwe Culture and History

 3.00

 Choose one of the courses from the list below that was not taken in the second and third semester.

 

 AMIS 1100

 Or

 AMIS 1120

 Or

 AMIS 1200

 Or

 AMIS 1300

 Or

 AMIS 1350

 Native American Literature

 Or

 Community Development

 Or

 Native American Art and History

 Or

 Native Americans in Cinema and Popular Culture

 Or

 Native American Education: Past and Present

 

 

 

 

 3.00

 DAKO 1100

 Or

 OJIB 1100

 Or

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area courses to bring your total credits to 6.00

 Dakota 2 (Recommended) 5.00 credits

 Or

 Ojibwe 2 (Recommended) 5.00 credits

 

 

 

 

 6.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00

 

Students need to complete the entire 40-credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) as well as elective credits to reach 60 credits for the A.A. with an Emphasis in American Indian Studies.  

* MnTC Goal Area 3:  Students must complete a minimum of two courses in two different disciplines, one course must have a traditional lab and the other course must have a traditional lab-or-lab-like experience from MnTC Goal Area 3.

**To complete the A.A. with an Emphasis in American Indian Studies, students must complete at least three courses from three different disciplines in MnTC Goal Areas 5 and 6.  By completing the recommended for emphasis courses, students will satisfy these two MnTC Goal Areas.

All students pursuing this award should work closely with their advisor to ensure proper selection of required program courses, if applicable program electives, required Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses, and MnTC electives. You are expected to meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure courses are taken in an order that will lead to efficient and successful completion of the required coursework.