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First Nations Studies

Courses Offered

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-210

American Indians In Film

This course examines how Hollywood films both construct and appropriate images of American Indians. Students will view films beginning with the silent film era and ending with contemporary movies while exploring and challenging common stereotypes of Native people.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-216

Native American Landscapes:Imagined and Lived Spaces

The course will explore the relationship between time and space within Native American cultures. The course will compare North American indigenous landscapes and Andean indigenous landscapes.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-224

First Nations and The Sacred

This course explores the world views and oral traditions of First Nations people. Students will examine concepts, ideas, accompanying opinion, and practices within the holistic concept of the Sacred.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
FNS-225

Introduction to First Nations Studies: The Tribal World

This introductory course to First Nations Studies presents the American Indian tribal cultural context through both information and class structure. A core value is personal sovereignty supported by respect, reciprocity, and relationship.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
FNS-226

Introduction to First Nations Studies: Social Justice

This introductory course in First Nations Studies will examine the impact of European and American political, economic, and social systems upon American Indian nations in the U.S.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 1-4
Field Exp
FNS-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
FNS-301

Oneida Language I

A course on the Oneida language typically offered in the Oneida community with the aid of native speakers. Emphasis varies with student interest. Tools and resources for further independent study are stressed.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
FNS-302

Oneida Language II

  • Pre-Requisites

A course on the Oneida language typically offered in the Oneida community with the aid of native speakers. Emphasis varies with student interest. Tools and resources for further independent study are stressed.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 301.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
FNS-303

Oneida Language III

  • Pre-Requisites

A course on the Oneida language typically offered in the Oneida community with the aid of native speakers. Emphasis varies with student interest. Tools and resources for further independent study are stressed.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 302.
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-304

Oneida Language IV

  • Pre-Requisites

A course on the Oneida language typically offered in the Oneida community with the aid of native speakers. Emphasis varies with student interest. Tools and resources for further independent study are stressed.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 303.
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-305

Oneida Language V

  • Pre-Requisites

A course on the Oneida language typically offered in the Oneida community with the aid of native speakers. Emphasis varies with student interest. Tools and resources for further independent study are stressed.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 304.
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-306

Oneida Language VI

  • Pre-Requisites

A course on the Oneida language typically offered in the Oneida community with the aid of native speakers. Emphasis varies with student interest. Tools and resources for further independent study are stressed.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 305.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
FNS-336

American Ethnic Literature

  • Pre-Requisites
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Repeatable

The study of literature which examines the experience of ethnic groups in America, such as African, Asian, Hispanic, and Jewish Americans, and American Indians. May be repeated for credit when content is different.

Prerequisites
P: English 290 or concurrent enrollment, Jr st.
  • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-360

Women and Gender in First Nations Communities

  • Pre-Requisites

This course examines the traditional and contemporary status of First Nations women. The course focuses on the fluid definitions and constructions of gender identity before and after Euro-American contact, exploring the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, globalization. Decolonization and resistance are primary themes of the course.

Prerequisites
REC: FNS 225, FNS 226 or WOST 241
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
FNS-372

Indigenous Nations Oral and Storytelling Traditions

Study of the cultural values of Indigenous Nations in North America reflecting the indigenous intellect. Indigenous elder knowledge, story telling methodology, and literature (poetry, and novels) are explored.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 225 or 226 or one 300/400 level literature course.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
FNS-374

Wisconsin First Nations Ethnohistory

An in-depth examination of one American Indian nation now located in Wisconsin: Anishinabe (Ojibway), Oneida (Iroquois), Menominee, Potowatomi or Mohican. This course explores the culture and history of one of these nations.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
FNS-385

Perspectives on Human Values: First Nations

  • Pre-Requisites

Drawing upon American Indian oral traditions and Elder epistemology, this course will examine the diverse traditional, cultural, spiritual, and political values and world views of American Indian Nations.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 225 or 226.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
FNS-391

First Nations Studies Seminar

This course is designed for students who already have a background in American Indian Studies. It is a variable content course which includes such topics as contemporary issues, environmental justice, American Indian law, and repatriation.

Prerequisites
P: Hum Stud 225 and 226.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
FNS-392

First Nations Justice and Tribal Governments

  • Pre-Requisites

This course explores the pre-contact justice systems and constructions of "justice" among American Indian nations. The impact of colonization upon these structures will be examined as well as the formation and operation of contemporary tribal governing structures.

Prerequisites
P: Hum Stud 225 or 226 or Soc C D 204 or 325.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
FNS-393

First Nations and Education Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

Basic background and vocabulary necessary to understand, discuss, and analyze the complex variables and important common denominators that affect Tribal and U.S. citizens, particularly through education policy at the federal/state levels.

Prerequisites
P: Hum Stud 225 or 226.
Credits 3-12
Field Exp
Spring
Fall
FNS-399

First Nations Studies Oral Tradition Concentration

The FNS Oral Tradition Concentration allows students an opportunity to study tribal oral traditional knowledge in a variety of settings including working with American Indian tribal members and Elders.

Prerequisites
P: FNS major or minor; FNS 225, 226; Instructor Approval.
  • Course is repeatable to 12 credits.
Credits 3
Ind Study
FNS-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

Prerequisites
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Credits 3
Lecture
FNS-483B

Menominee Language II

  • Pre-Requisites

This is a course in First Nations Studies on the Menominee Language, the traditional language of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin. Students in the course will build upon skills and knowledge acquired in Menominee Language 1. In this course, Menominee Language Level 2, students will continue to develop spoken (oral), reading, and writing skills.

Prerequisites
P: FNS 283C
Credits 1-12
Field Exp
Spring
Fall
FNS-497

Internship

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-4
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
FNS-498

Independent Study

Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

Prerequisites
P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-6
Field Exp
FNS-499

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.