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AIS Course Descriptions

101 Introduction to American Indian History and Cultures

3 crs (3-0). F. GE-IIIG; CD3

Introduction to the different disciplinary perspectives available for the study
of American Indian cultures, with an emphasis on history, anthropology, and law.

102 Introduction to American Indian Expressive Cultures

3 crs (3-0). F, Sp.
GE-IVE; CD3

Introduction to a broad range of American Indian expressive cultures, from
traditional to contemporary forms, in art, literature, oral traditions, music,
and film.

111 Studies in American Indian Languages I

4 crs (3-1). F.
GE-IA; CD3

Introduction to American Indian language families and concentrated study of one
specific language within its cultural context, with emphasis on speaking and
listening skills. (For specific languages, see current Class Schedule.)

112 Studies in American Indian Languages II

4 crs (3-1). Sp.
GE-IA; CD3
P: AIS 111

Continuation of American Indian Languages I, with additional attention paid to
dialect diversity, and competing writing systems. (For specific languages, see
current Class Schedule.)

142 Introduction to American Indian Literature

3 crs (3-0). F, Sp.
GE-IVD; CD3
Cross-listed with ENGL 142
Credit may not be earned in both ENGL 142 and AIS 142 or if taken after ENGL 346 or AIS 346
Not available for juniors or seniors

A study of the literature by and about American Indians, with special attention
to the cultural background.

161 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 crs (3-0). F, Sp.
GE-IIIA; FC
Cross-listed with ANTH 161
Credit may not be earned in both ANTH 161 and AIS 161

Culture as the human means of environmental adaptation.  Explores
cross-cultural regularities and the range of variation in human behavior.
Comparison of widely different economic, social, political, and religious
systems.

240 American Indian History

3 crs (3-0).
GE-IVC; CD3
Cross-listed with HIST 240
Credit may not be earned in both HIST 240 and AIS 240

An introduction to the history of the native peoples of the United States with
major emphasis upon European contact, the mutual interaction of European and
American Indian cultures, and the resulting adaptations and conflicts.

242 The American Indian in Literature and Film

3 crs (2-2). Sp.
GE-IVD; CD3
Cross-listed with ENGL 242
Credit may not be earned in both ENGL 242 and AIS 242

A critical, cultural examination of the origins and evolution of film images of
American Indians; analysis based on study and application of film techniques as
well as literary and historical textual analysis.

250 American Indian Politics

3 crs (3-0). Su.
GE-IIID; CD3
Cross-listed with POLS 250
Credit may not be earned in both POLS 250 and AIS 250

The course will examine the recent trends in American Indian politics beginning
with the American Indian Movement through the present. The course will include
topics on tribal sovereignty, legalized gambling, and tribal government.

291 Special Topics

1-4 crs. F, Sp.
Not for GE
Course may be taken for a maximum of 9 credits
Instructor approval required

Topics will be determined by specific themes related to American Indian Studies
by instructor and program director, and based upon student interest and need.

322 /522 Native Geographies

3 crs (3-0). F.
GE-IIIC; CD3
Cross-listed with GEOG 322
Credit may not be earned in both GEOG 322 and AIS 322
Special course fee required
Field trip(s) required

The historical and contemporary relationships of American Indians to place,
including land use and environmental issues, indigenous mapping techniques,
sacred sites, territorial nationhood, and legal rights to ceded and sovereign
lands. The course also provides insight into the unique cultures of indigenous
peoples around the world.

324 Native Art of the Americas

3 crs (3-0).
GE-IVA; CD2; FC
Cross-listed with ARTH 324
P: One AIS or ARTH or ART course or consent of instructor
Credit may not be earned in both ARTH 324 and AIS 324
Minimum sophomore standing
Field trip(s) required

A survey of North American Indian artwork in contemporary and historical
contexts.

325 North American Indians

3 crs (3-0). F, Sp.
GE-IIIA; CD3
Cross-listed with ANTH 325
P: Previous completion of ANTH/AIS 161 strongly recommended
Credit may not be earned in both ANTH 325 and AIS 325

Comparative analysis, by culture area, of traditional American Indian economies,
social and political organization, religion and philosophy. Impact of European
colonization and control on traditional cultures.

330 Indigenous Religions of the Americas

3 crs (3-0).
GE-IVB; FC; CD2
Cross-listed with RELS 330
P: One course in RELS, PHIL, AIS, LAS, or consent of instructor
Credit may not be earned in both RELS 330 and AIS 330

This course will introduce indigenous religions in the cultural contexts of
Latin America and North American Indian nations. It will study historical
religious development from Pre-Columbian, through colonial experience, to
present day cultural movements.

335 Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America

3 crs (3-0). Sp.
GE-IVA; FC
Cross-listed with ARTH 335
P: One ART, ARTH, AIS, or LAS course, or consent of instructor
Credit may not be earned in both ARTH 335 and AIS 335
Field trip required

A study of the art and architecture of ancient Mexico and Central America
between 2000 BCE – 1600 CE. Focus is on the materials, techniques, styles, and
iconography of the art and architecture in relation to the contexts of
production, use, and reception.

337 Art of Tawantinsuyo

3 crs (3-0). Sp.
GE-IVA; FC
Cross-listed with ARTH 337
P: One ART, ARTH, AIS, or LAS course, or consent of instructor
Credit may not be earned in both ARTH337 and AIS 337
Field trip required

A study of historical and contemporary art by indigenous artists of
Tawantinsuyo, the Quechua name of the Inka empire in western South America.
Emphasis is placed on textiles, yet metals and ceramics are also topics.
 

343/543 Contemporary American Indian Communities

3 crs. Sp.

CD3; GE-IIIG

Field Trip Required; Special Course Fee Required

P: AIS 101 or AIS 102 or consent of instructor

Preperation for future study in AIS and/or work in American Indian communities
by providing skills to work with communities toward mutually beneficial
goals.  Learn challenges facing American Indian communities and successful
initiatives combatting those challenges.  Travel required.
 

345 American Indian Autobiography

3 crs (3-0).
GE-IVD; CD3
Cross-listed with ENGL 345
P: Three credits of English Literature (GE-IVD) or one of the following: AIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 480, AIS/HIST 240, AIS/POLS 250, AIS/ARTH 324, AIS/ANTH 325, AIS/HIST 468, AIS/HIST 482 or consent of instructor.
Credit may not be earned in both ENGL 345/545 & AIS 345/545

Explores evolving forms and political implications of the creation and
production of American Indian autobiographies and collaborative personal
narratives.

346 Major Works in American Indian Literature

3 crs (3-0). F.
GE-IVD; CD3
Cross-listed with ENGL 346
P: Three credits of English Literature (GE-IVD) or one of the following: AIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 480, AIS/HIST 240, AIS/POLS 250, AIS/ARTH 324, AIS/ANTH 325, AIS/HIST 468, AIS/HIST 482 or consent of instructor
Credit may not be earned in both ENGL 346/546 & AIS 346/546

Major and supporting works of American Indian literature, from oral and written
sources.

374: Ojibwe Women, Eco-feminism, and Botanical Knowledge:

1-3 crs. F, Sp.
Not for GE
May be repeated - additional restrictions may apply
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"For every problem a person can have in this life, there is a plant that can
help." In this course students learn about the life long association of
Anishinaabe women and plants of their environment, how plants surround their
entire lives, and how they interact with plants on physical, spiritual, and
metaphysical levels.

399 Independent Study

1-3 crs. F, Sp.
Not for GE
P: Limited to American Indian Studies majors and minors
Minimum junior standing
May be repeated - additional restrictions may apply
Required GPA of 3.00 within the major
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Original individual research or studies related to American Indian Studies.

444/644 Theory and Methodologies in American Indian Studies

3 crs. F.

CD3

P: AIS 101, AIS 102, and AIS 343.  Limited to American Indian Studies majors and minors.

Field Trips recommended

Introduction to theory and methods of critical practices in the
discipline.  Emphasis on active research and critical analysis of current
texts, discussions, and issues within American Indian scholarship.

468 /668 Studies in American Indian History

1-3 crs.
GE-IVC; CD-Variable
Cross-listed with HIST 468
P: Six credits of history, or junior standing, or consent of instructor
Course may be repeated when topic differs for a maximum of 9 credits

Selected topics depending on student and staff interests.  Possible topics
include the history of Wisconsin Indians and American Indians in the twentieth
century. Consult class schedule or department office for current offering.

480 Capstone

3 crs (3-0). F, Sp.
SL-Full; Not for GE; CP
P: AIS 101 and 102
Minimum junior standing
Department permission required

The capstone course asks a student to integrate previous learning in American
Indian Studies to produce a major research project or creative activity within a
seminar format. Some travel to an American Indian community is likely.

482 /682 Wisconsin Indian History

3 crs (3-0). F, Sp, Su.
GE-IVC; CD3
Cross-listed with HIST 482
P: Six credits of history, or junior standing, or consent of instructor
Credit may not be earned in both HIST 482 and AIS 482

Study of American Indian communities in Wisconsin with emphasis on the mix of
continuity and change in response to outside forces.

491 Special Topics

1-3 crs. F, Sp.
Not for GE
Course may be taken 3 times

Topics will be determined by specific themes related to American Indian Studies
by instructor and program director, and based upon student interest and need.
Possible topics include treaty rights conflicts, tribal sovereignty, Indian
mascots and logos, and studies in American Indian authors.

498 Internship

1-3 crs. F, Sp.
SL-Full; Not for GE
P: 24 credits in American Indian Studies
P: Limited to American Indian Studies majors

Get form from department office Supervised assignment outside of the University
to health or education institutions or agencies, to American Indian communities,
to research institutions, to museums, cultural institutions, or other determined
by supervising instructor.

499 Independent Study

1-3 crs. F, Sp.
Not for GE
P: Limited to American Indian Studies majors and minors
Minimum senior standing
May be repeated - additional restrictions may apply
Required GPA of 3.00 within the major
Get form from department office

Original individual research or studies related to American Indian Studies.

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