American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University.

BHSU American Indian Studies - Courses

To obtain a Major (Non-Teaching) in American Indian Studies at BHSU, students must complete the following courses. 37 total credit hours

AIS/LAKL
101 Introductory Lakota I (gen ed)
4
AIS/ARTH
251 American Indian Art History (en ed)
3
 
  OR
 
AIS/ENGL
214 Introduction to American Indian Literature
 
AIS/HIST
257 Early American Indian History & Culture (genl ed)
3
AIS/HIST
369 Modern American Indian History & Culture
3
AIS/POLS
417 American Indian Government & Politics
3
    OR
 
AIS/SOC
422 Issues in Contemporary Indian Life  
AIS/SOC
444 Siouan Tribal Culture
3
AIS
  Electives
18

Alternative courses can serve as an elective.

Electives (18 hours of electives from the following American Indian Studies courses to fullfill required course credits for major)

AIS/LAKL
102 Introductory Lakota II 4
AIS/ENGL
115 American Indian Oral Literature (gen ed) 3
AIS/ART
143 Traditional Lakota Arts 3
AIS/LAKL
201 Intermediate Lakota I 3
AIS/LAKL
202 Intermediate Lakota II 3
AIS/ENGL
214 Introduction to American Indian Literature (gen ed) 3
AIS/SOC
225 American Indian Women

3

AIS/ENGL
256 Literature of American West 3
AIS
355 American Indian Psychology (PSYC 465) 3
AIS/SOC
454 Indian Community Organization & Development 3
AIS
460 American Indian Philosophy 3
AIS/ENGL/HIST
490 Seminar 1-3
AIS
491 Independent Study 1-3
AIS
492 Topics 3
AIS
493 Workshop 1-6

AIS

494 Internship (SS) 1-16
INED
411 South Dakota Indian Studies 3

A Minor is required with this major plus electives to total 128 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Required Core - 37 total Credit hours for American Indian Studies Major

To obtain a Minor in American Indian Studies (Non-Teaching) at BHSU, students must complete the following course work.     21 Credit Hours

AIS/HIST
257
Early American Indian History & Culture (gen ed) 3
AIS/HIST
369
Modern American Indian History & Culture 3
AIS/SOC
422
Issues in Contemporary Indian Life 3
AIS/SOC
444
Siouan Tribal Culture 3
AIS
  Electives 9

 To obtain a Minor (Teaching) in American Indian Studies at BHSU, students must complete the following course work.     21 Credit Hours

AIS/HIST
257 Early American Indian History & Culture (gen ed) 3
AIS/HIST
369 Modern American Indian History & Culture 3
AIS/SOC
422 Issues in Contemporary Indian Life 3
AIS/SOC
444 Siouan Tribal Culture 3
AIS
  Electives 6
SEED
415 7-12 Social Science Methods * 3
  * This is required only for those taking Secondary Education. Those taking Elementary Education should replace this with an additional three hours in Indian Studies courses. Also LAKL 101 and ENGL 214 are required for a teaching endorsement. EPSY 327 is required for the K-12 endorsement.

To obtain a Minor (Emphasis in Communications) in American Indian Studies at BHSU, students must complete the following course work.     24 Credit Hours

AIS/ENGL
115 American Indian Oral Literature (gen ed) 3
AIS/ENGL
214 Introduction to American Indian Literature 3
AIS/HIST
257 Early American Indian History & Culture (gen ed) 3
AIS/HIST
369 Modern American Indian History & Culture 3
AIS/SOC
444 Siouan Tribal Culture 3
AIS
  Electives 6
AIS/ENGL
256 Literature of American West 3
       
    General Education Requirements  
ENGL
101 Composition I 3
ENGL
201 Composition II 3
MATH
102 College Algebra or Higher Math 3
SPCM
  Speech 101, 215, or 222 3
WELL
100 Wellness & Wellness Lab (100L) 2
    Social Science, minimum 2 different subject areas 9
    Arts & Humanities, minimum 2 different subject areas 12
    Natural Science with Lab 8
       
       

AIS 101 - Introductory Lakota I

An introduction to the Lakota language with emphasis on conversation, language, structure, and vocabulary. Cross-listed: (Also offered as LAKL 101)
4 semester hours

AIS 102 - Introductory Lakota II
A continued introduction to the Lakota language with emphasis on basic conversation, language, structure, and vocabulary. Cross-listed: (Also offered as LAKL 102) PreRequisite: AIS-101 or LAKL 101
4 semester hours

AIS 115 - American Indian Oral Literature
The American Indian oral tradition focusing on myth, legend, song and oratory (in English translation) is studied. Selections will represent various tribes, but will emphasize the Lakota culture. Cross-listed: (Also offered as ENGL 115)
3 semester hours

AIS 143 - Traditional Lakota Arts
This course will enable the student to perform basic traditional art techniques such as quillwork, beadwork, and featherwork. Cross-listed: (Also offered as ART 143)
3 semester hours

AIS 201 - Intermediate Lakota I
A continuation of the first-year course, with emphasis on reading, composition, and vocabulary building.
Cross-listed: (Also offered as LAKL 201) PreRequisite: AIS-101, AIS-102
3 semester hours

AIS 202 - Intermediate Lakota II
A continuation of intermediate Lakota with emphasis on reading, composition, vocabulary building and the oral tradition. Cross-listed: (Also offered as LAKL 202) PreRequisite: AIS-101, AIS-102
3 semester hours

AIS 214 - Introduction to American Indian Literature
This introductory course in American Indian literature allows students to read and study a variety of genres, including traditional oral literature, autobiography, poetry, fiction, and drama by American Indian authors. Students learn basic research and critical skills needed in reading Native American texts.
Cross-listed: (Also offered as ENGL 214)
3 semester hours

AIS 224 - Lakota Culture & Philosophy
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AIS 225 - American Indian Women
This will be a study of the historical importance of Indian women and their significance in the modern world. Cross-listed: (Also offered as SOC 225)
3 semester hours

AIS 251 - American Indian Art History
A survey of the history of American art ranging from traditional tribal art to contemporary Indian art. Cross-listed: (Also offered as ARTH 251)
3 semester hour

AIS 256 - Literature of American West
A study of the literature produced in our region, centered on the Great Plains, including that of Native Americans, both oral and written; of pioneers, immigrants; and farmers; Western literature, and current writers. Cross-listed: (Also offered as ENGL 256) PreRequisite: ENGL-101
3 semester hours

AIS 257 - Early American Indian History and Culture
A survey of the social, cultural, political, and economic history of the Indian peoples of North America from time immemorial to the end of the nineteenth century. Cross-listed: (Also offered as HIST 257)
3 semester hours

AIS 355 - American Indian Psychology
The study of Indian behavior, personality development and individual differences and reactions to non-Indian demands and environment is addressed in this class. Cross-listed: (Also offered as PSYC 465) PreRequisite: PSYC-101
3 semester hours

AIS 369 - Modern American Indian History and Culture
A survey of the social, cultural, political, and economic history of the Indian people of North America from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Cross-listed: (Also offered as HIST 369)
3 semester hours

AIS 417 - American Indian Government and Politics
An in-depth investigation of federal, state, and tribal laws, and the historical development and status of treaties, legislation, court decisions, and tribal governments. Cross-listed: (Also offered as POLS 417)
3 semester hours

AIS 422 - Issues in Contemporary Indian Life
An analysis of current American Indian life including inquiry into government policies, economics, and social adjustment to non-Indian society, and cultural changes as these relate to Indian citizens on and off the reservation. Cross-listed: (Also offered as SOC 422)
3 semester hours

AIS 444 - Siouan Tribal Culture
Examines Culture of the Siouan-speaking tribes of the Northern Plains using historical, anthropological, and linguistic approaches. The course focuses on the three divisions of the Sioux peoples, namely Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota. It also may include other Siouan-speaking tribes such as the Mandan, Omaha and Winnebago. Cross-listed: (Also offered as SOC 444) PreRequisite: AIS-257
3 semester hours

AIS 454 - Indian Community Organization & Development
This will be a study of the theory and process of community development in Indian communities. Cross-listed: (Also offered as SOC 454)
3 semester hours

AIS 460 - American Indian Philosophy
Approaches American Indian thought from an experiential point of view. Examines myth and legends to construct outlooks or worldviews of American Indians. PreRequisite: AIS-257
3 semester hours

AIS 490 - Seminar
A highly focused, and topical course. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media such as Internet and are at the upper division or graduate levels. Enrollment is generally limited to fewer than 20 students.
1 to 3 semester hours

AIS 491 - Independent Study
Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
1 to 3 semester hours

AIS 492 - Topics
Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.
3 semester hours

AIS 493 - Workshop
Special, intense sessions in specific topic areas. Approximately 45 hours of work is required for each hour of credit. Workshops may vary in time range but typically use a compressed time period for delivery. They may include lectures, conferences, committee work, and group activity.
1 to 6 semester hours

AIS 494 - Internship
Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.
1 to 16 semester hours