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2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Native American and Indigenous Studies, B.A.

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The curriculum for the 30 credit hour Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American and Indigenous Studies will encourage students to understand and appreciate the roles of history, culture, and politics in the development of tribal world views, world views that relate to modern life and contemporary issues of concern for Native peoples. Students will be given opportunities to identify historical, cultural, and political diversity and significance in Native oral traditions and written literatures and to understand historical experiences and contemporary issues from the perspective of Native American peoples.  Central to all these classes is tribal sovereignty and the shaping of that sovereignty by tribal self-determination as well as by relationships with the federal government and with the states.  Students will have the chance to become familiar with at least one tribal language and inherent in this degree’s curriculum and related activities is the expectation that students and faculty will assume an active role in working with and for Indigenous communities.

Major Requirements

Topics and Cross-Listed Courses

In order to provide a broader range of relevant and enriching courses, in any given year, the program in Native American and Indigenous Studies offers topics courses (NAIS 2060 or NAIS 4990) and/or courses cross-listed with other majors and departments. Any such courses may be counted towards a student’s 21 hours of required courses beyond the foundational courses.

If a student chooses to take more than one topics course in the same semester, it may require an override within the registration system. If you seek to enroll in a topics course and have trouble doing so, please contact scgsj@uwyo.edu.

Declaring an NAIS Undergraduate Major

Please complete and submit the “Change of Advisor, Major, Minor, Option/Concentration, College, and or Graduate Status” form available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Grade Requirements

NAIS classes applied to NAIS degrees must be passed with a grade of C or better.  This policy applies to NAIS classes completed fall semester 2012 and beyond.

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