Course Descriptions

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AIST-101

American Indian Studies

Credit(s): 3

This course provides a general overview of Indian history, culture, philosophy, religious practices, music, art, literature, tribal law, government, and sovereignty. The course will focus on both traditional and contemporary cultures with an emphasis on issues in American Indian life. The course will also cover the origins and development of content and method in American Indian studies, focusing on patterns of persistence and change in American Indian communities, especially political, linguistic, social, legal, and cultural change. This course satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement for the A.A. degree and partially satisfies the Social Science requirement for the A.S. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week

AIST-197A

Storytelling With Puppets: Preserving Culture and Oral Traditions

Credit(s): 3

Theatre 1971 AIST 197 offers instruction in the basic principles and techniques of puppetry. Students will explore through construction and use of different forms; shadow, glove and sock puppetry. Students will hear and observe Native American storytellers relate their cultural stories. Students will use puppets to retell these stories through live performance. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 1 hour per week

AIST-225

Native People of North America

Credit(s): 3

This course offers an examination of who the North American Indians are and who they were. Various facets of Indian culture are explored, including hunting, religion, art, living styles, foods, and relationships between the Native American tribes, both now and in the past. ANTH 225 is an interesting course for students curious about Native Americans and their relationship with the environment. This course satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement for the A.A. degree or three social science credits toward an A.S. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week

AIST-240

American Indian History

Credit(s): 3

AIST-240 provides a historical overview of post-contact Indian and non-Indian relations and their effect on Indian culture, including reactions, adaptations, and conflicts in social, political, and economic systems. Some emphasis will be placed on prominent Indian personages and geographical groups, their migrations and intertribal and U.S government relationships, including federal Indian policy. Students will gain a deeper sense of "nations" and an understanding of the importance of tribal heritage and identify from a historical perspective. It meets a cultural diversity requirement for the A.A. degree or a social science requirement for the A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ENGL-101 with a minimum grade of C-.

AIST-285

American Indian Literature

Credit(s): 3

AIST-285 explores traditional American Indian world views and belief systems as reflected in myths and legends, as well as contemporary poetry, short stories, and novels by Native Americans. The difference between American Indian and Eurocentric world views and the implications of these differences will be considered, as illustrated in literature. The course will also explore political, sociological, and psychological effects on American Indians of U.S. governmental policies and actions taken in regard to various tribes. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ENGL-101 with a minimum grade of C-, or appropriate test score: COMPASS Writing > 67, ACT > 17, SAT Verbal > 440.