Native Studies

Program Plan

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Catalog 2014-15: AA.NATV

Catalog 2013-14: AA.NATV

Catalog 2012-13: AA.NATV

Native Studies
Required Courses 
3.0 credits NATV-110: Introduction to Native Studies
Introduction to Native Studies will examine the issues, conditions, and contexts affecting Native people in the US and throughout the Americas. Students will be exposed to an overview of the interdisciplinary field of Native Studies through examining the beliefs and worldviews of indigenous cultures, historical and cultural contexts, economic and sociopolitical developments, and Native communities today.
Prerequisites: ENGL-095 and (RDNG-095 OR RDNG-096) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits HIST-270: Native American History and Culture
Introduces the history and cultures of Native peoples of North America from the earliest times to the present. The course will examine culture change and the interaction of native groups with each other and European peoples. Contemporary priorities and ongoing concerns are also examined.
Prerequisites: ENGL-099 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits ANTH-111: Navajo Culture
Introduces the basic values of Dine society, past and present, including the clan system, the philosophy of duality, rites and passages, and the Navajo creation story. Offered in collaboration with Dine College (NIS 111).
Prerequisites: ENGL-095 and (RDNG-095 or RDNG-096) or appropriate Accuplacer English and Reading scores.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits SOCI-230: Contemporary Native American Society
A survey of the contemporary problems, issues, and development, as well as social change, involving American Indians, both urban and rural.
Prerequisites: SOCI-110. ENGL-099 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: SP
Recommended Courses 
3.0 credits SOCI-110: Introduction to Sociology
The study of human groups, the social arrangements that people create, the many ways of being human, and the changing world in which we live. [NM Common Course Number SOCI 1113, Area IV; Behavioral/Social Science Core]
Prerequisites: ENGL-095 and (RDNG-095 OR RDNG-096) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits ANTH-210: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Introduces the basic concepts, methods, and theories of cultural anthropology using examples of diverse cultures from around the world to illustrate the range of human variation.
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 or RDNG-113) or appropriate Accuplacer English and Reading scores.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits HIST-211: U.S. History to 1865
Introduces students to the history of the United States from its beginnings to the end of the Civil War. It focuses on the central themes and issues while examining the political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural developments of the era. Classes include lecture and discussion components. [NM Common Course Number HIST 1113, Area V: Humanities/Fine Arts Core]
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
3.0 credits HIST-212: U.S. History From 1865
Introduces students to the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. It focuses on the central themes and issues while examining the political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural developments of the era. Classes include lecture and discussion components. [NM Common Course Number HIST 1123, Area V: Humanities/Fine Arts Core]
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
Choose at least one course from each category for a total of 9 credits 
Literature and Art (at least 3 credits) 
3.0 credits ENGL-245: Native American Literature
Introduces students to historical and contemporary works by Native American writers. Examines themes relevant to cultural identity. [NM Common Course Number 2733, Area V; Humanities].
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: SP, Even Year
3.0 credits ARTS-111: Survey of Native American Art
Provides an overview of Native American art from earliest cultures to contemporary. Emphasizes tribal perspectives on aesthetics, resources, and innovations.
Prerequisites: ENGL-099 or appropriate English Accuplacer score.
Offered: FALL, Even Year
3.0 credits ARTS-131: Navajo Rug Weaving I
Introduction to the process and techniques of Navajo weaving, including preparation of the wool, setting up the loom and warp, weaving techniques, and design elements. Basic origin stories and the history of Navajo rug weaving will also be covered.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits ARTS-231: Navajo Rug Weaving II
Continuation of ARTS 131 to include further development of the processes and techniques of Navajo weaving, with a special emphasis on advanced weaving techniques and design.
Prerequisites: Take ARTS 131.
Offered: SP
History, Politics, and Policy (at least 3 credits) 
3.0 credits PHIL-271: Navajo Philosophy
Examines Dine philosophical thought regarding metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, religion, and traditional social structure. Offered in collaboration with Dine College (NIS 371).
Prerequisites: Take ANTH-111.
Offered: SP, Odd Year
4.0 credits NAVA-111: Elementary Navajo I
Develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to communicate at a basic level. Uses a communicative approach to cover vocabulary, grammar, conversation, and culture.
Offered: ALL
4.0 credits NAVA-112: Elementary Navajo II
Continuation of NAVA-111.
Prerequisites: Take NAVA-111.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits ANTH-255: Ancient Peoples-Southwest
Studies the unique prehistoric residents of the Four Corners through classroom lectures, films, slides, and field trips. [NM Common Course Number ANTH 2313, Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Core]
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 or RDNG-113) or appropriate Accuplacer English and Reading score.
Offered: FALL, Even Year
Culture and Language (at least 3 credits) 
3.0 credits HIST-272: Navajo History
Introduces the history of the Navajo with supporting ethnographic material. The course begins with the entrance of the Dine into the Southwest and continues to the present, with a concentration on the 20th century political and economic development. Offered in collaboration with Dine College (NIS 211).
Prerequisites: (RDNG-095 OR RDNG-096) and ENGL-099 or appropriate Accuplacer Reading and English scores.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits POLS-220: Native American Politics
Examines Native American political issues and government dynamics in contemporary and historical times. Themes include: history and structures of tribal government; cultural issues; intergovernmental dynamics; and the role of tribal politics in contemporary Native American life.
Offered: FALL, Even Year
3.0 credits NATV-240: Management & Leadership in Tribal Gov't
A study of the theories and styles of leadership, compared to the cultural theories and cultural styles of leadership of tribal leaders.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits LEAS-225: American Indian Law
Review of the historical development of American Indian and tribal law, treaties, the impact of American Indian citizenship, and the U.S. government's role in present American Indian law. Includes the study of significant court decisions and jurisdictional questions, both civil and criminal.
Prerequisites: Take LEAS-121 and LEAS-123 or take NATV-110
Offered: SP
Additional Gen. Ed. courses: Phed/Dance/Oler, Applied Fine Arts & Gen. Science 

For more information, please call Lorraine Begay Manavi at (505) 566-3328. Or send us an email at manavil@sanjuancollege.edu.