Cherokee and Indigenous Studies Degree Programs

Majors Available

  • American Indian Studies Major, B.A.
  • Cherokee Cultural Studies Major, B.A.
  • Cherokee Education Major B.A.Ed.

Minors Available

  • American Indian Studies Minor
  • Cherokee Cultural Studies Minor
  • Cherokee Minor

The following is for the AIS degree. Cherokee Program degrees can be found the Degrees & Majors section of the main NSU website.

Minimum Credits Required:  124
Title of Major - Major Code: AIS (9410)

General Education Requirements

There are no special general education requirements for the major.

Core (Required)

    • AIS 2223 - Introduction to American Indian Studies
      or
    • ANTH 2223 - Introduction to American Indian Studies
    • AIS 3453 - Ethnology of the American Indian
      or
    • ANTH 3453 - Ethnology of the American Indian
      or
    • SOC 3453 - Ethnology of the American Indian
    • AIS 4153 - Archaeology of North America
      or
    • ANTH 4153 - Archaeology of North America
      or
    • SOC 4153 - Archaeology of North America

History Block 3 hours (choose one class)

    • AIS 2523 - Oklahoma History and Government
      or
    • HIST 2523 - Oklahoma History and Government
    • AIS 3723 - History of the American Indian
      or
    • HIST 3723 - History of the American Indian
    • AIS 4733 - History of the Five Civilized Tribes
      or
    • HIST 4733 - History of the Five Civilized Tribes
    • AIS 4743 - History of the Plains Indians
      or
    • HIST 4743 - History of the Plains Indians

English Block 6 hours (choose two classes)

    • AIS 4463 - Native American Literature I
      or
    • ENGL 4463 - Native American Literature I
    • AIS 4473 - Native American Literature II
      or
    • ENGL 4473 - Native American Literature II
    • AIS 4813 - Native American Mythology and Folklore
      or
    • ENGL 4813 - Native American Mythology and Folklore
    • AIS 4883 - Cultural Activities of the Five Tribes
      or
    • ENGL 4883 - Cultural Activities of the Five Tribes

Sovereignty, Health and Current Issues Option 18 hours (choose six classes)

  • AIS 3313 - Native American Criminal Justice
    or
  • CR J 3313 - Native American Criminal Justice
  • AIS 3813 - Current Issues in Language Revitalization
    or
  • CHER 3813 - Current Issues in Language Revitalization
  • AIS 3820 - Special Topics
    or
  • CHER 3820 - Special Topics
  • AIS 4043 - Special Topics
  • Special Topics: “Social Work with Native Americans”
  • SOWK 4043 - Special Topics
  • Special Topics: ”Social Work with Native Americans”
  • AIS 4123 - Cherokee Legal History
    or
  • CHER 4123 - Cherokee Legal History
  • AIS 4143 - American Indians Today
    or
  • ANTH 4143 - American Indians Today
    or
  • SOC 4143 - American Indians Today
  • AIS 4253 - Anthropology and Medicine
    or
  • ANTH 4253 - Anthropology and Medicine
  • AIS 4263 - Politics and the American Indian
    or
  • POLS 4263 - Politics and the American Indian
  • AIS 4323 - Current Issues in Native American Law
    or
  • CR J 4323 - Current Issues in Native American Law
  • AIS 4373 - American Indian Spirituality
    or
  • ANTH 4373 - American Indian Spirituality
    or
  • SOC 4373 - American Indian Spirituality
  • AIS 4513 - History of Indian Education
    or
  • CHER 4513 - History of Indian Education
  • AIS 4751 - Workshop
  • Workshop: “Native American Leadership”, or “Indian Child Welfare”, or “Indian Symposium”
    or
  • SOWK 4751 - Workshop
  • Workshop: “Native American Leadership”, or Indian child Welfare”, or “Indian Symposium”
  • AIS 4820 - Directed Studies
    or
  • CHER 4820 - Directed Studies

General Option

18 hours of courses with an AIS prefix, including courses not used to fulfill core requirements. Other relevant courses may count at the discretion of the department chair.

Other Major Requirements (if Applicable)

At least eighteen hours of this major must be earned at NSU.

Specialization (if Applicable)

(listed by subject)

Electives (select 15 hours)

  • ANTH/SOC 3123 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH/SOC 4183 Ancient Mesoamerica
  • ANTH/SOC 4113 Field Methods in Ethnology
  • ANTH/SOC 4143 American Indians Today
  • ANTH/SOC 4163 The Magical Worldview
  • ART 2033 Native American Art
  • ART 3013 Native American Arts and Crafts
  • CHER 1113 Elementary Cherokee I
      and
  • CHER 1123 Elementary Cherokee II
      and
  • CHER 1323 Conversational Cherokee
      (concurrent)
  • HIST 4633 Trans-Mississippi West Frontier
  • HUM 4213 Artistic Expressions of Native America
  • SOC 4993 Practicum
  • SOWK 4751 Workshop: Indian Symposium

Minor Requirements (if applicable)

  • A minor in American Indian Studies requires any 18 hours of American Indian Studies courses.

Other Program Requirements

  • symbol in NSU catalog).
  • Total hours must include at least 40 hours in upper-division (3000 & 4000 level) courses
  • At least 60 hours must be from a 4 year institution.

Notes:

  • Courses not used to fulfill core requirements can be taken as electives.
  • Other relevant courses will be determined individually.

Total 36 Hours

Course Sequence

Course Sequence
First Year – Freshman

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

    16 hours of general education courses

   16 hours of general education courses

Total Hours: 16

Total Hours: 16

Second Year – Sophomore

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

   7 hours of general education courses

   10 hours of general education courses

   3 hours of 2000 level AIS core courses*

   3 hours of 3000-4000 level AIS elective courses*

   6 hours of  AIS electives*

   3 hours of free electives

Total Hours: 16

Total Hours: 16

Third Year – Junior

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

   3 hours of 3000 level AIS core courses**

   6 hours of 3000-4000 level AIS core courses***

   3 hours of 3000-4000 AIS electives*

   3 hours in minor

   3 hours of free electives

   6 hours of free electives

   6 hours in minor

 

Total Hours: 15

Total Hours: 15

Fourth Year – Senior

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

   6 hours of 3000-4000 level AIS core courses**

   3 hours of 3000-4000 level AIS core courses***

   6 hours in minor

   3 hours in minor

   3 hours of AIS electives

   6 hours of free electives

Total Hours: 15

Total Hours: 15

Total Hours in Course Sequence  124

* Offered Fall and Spring. 
** Offered Fall only. 
*** Offered Spring only.

Policies of the College of Liberal Arts


ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: English proficiency is a graduation requirement. Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
UPPER DIVISION CREDIT: Total hours must include at least 40 hours of credit in courses number 3000 and above.
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES: At least 80 semester credit hours are required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences for BA/BAED/BFA/BME degrees and 55 semester credit hours of Liberal Arts and Sciences for BS/BSED degrees and 40 semester credit hours of Liberal Arts and Sciences for specialty degrees (BGS, BSW).   Liberal Arts and Science courses are designated by a “#” after the course title.