Native American Studies

Native American Studies offers courses in the general education core, courses that satisfy South Dakota teacher certification requirements, and elective courses in Native American studies.

Native American Studies Courses:

NAST 180 — Red, White, and Black: The People of Early America (3 credits) (W – Area 2.1B and Area 3.6)
This course focuses on how Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans created a unique society along the Atlantic coast of North America during the colonial period of American history. Specific attention is given to how certain events such as Bacon’s Rebellion, Metacom’s War, the Great Awakening, and the 1760’s impacted the various groups comprising colonial America. Cross-Listed with HIST 180; Offered Every Third Interim.

NAST 320 — Native American Social Systems (Area 3.6) (3 credits)
This course presents an “institutional” approach to Native American (specifically Lakota) society from pre-European contact to the present. It explores Lakota social institutions (political, economic, family, religious, and educational systems) prior to European contact, and examines the impact of non-Indian structures on the historical development of Lakota social institutions. This course fulfills the State of South Dakota’s teacher certification requirement. Cross-Listed with SOCI 320; Offered Every Semester.

NAST 352 — History of the Lakota/Dakota (Area 3.6) (3 credits)
This course presents an historical analysis of Lakota/Dakota history from pre-European contact to the present. Examining the political, economic, familial, gender and educational transformations of the Lakota/Dakota over the course of three centuries, students learn to identify both the continuities and discontinuities within Siouan culture. Such an examination introduces students to a group of people whose culture, and some would say priorities, sit outside that of the majority culture. Cross-Listed with HIST 352; Offered Occasionally.

NAST 197, 297, 397 — Topics in Native American Studies

NAST 199, 299, 399 — Independent Study