The American Indian Studies program provides opportunities for St. Scholastica students to study history, contemporary developments, tribal cultures, and to interact with Indian professionals and peers. Knowledge of the contributions to our social, political, economic and scientific development will enable students to develop a broader view and a deeper appreciation of our national heritage.
American Indian Studies offers a 24-credit minor designed to complement programs in a variety of different majors.
The objectives of the minor are:
Minor: INS 2201, 2202 (HIS 2201, 2202), and 3301 (RES/PHL 3301). Select one course from either 2203 or 2204 (ART 2204); and one course from 3308, 3320 or 4401. One additional course is needed to complete the minor. Students may petition American Indian Studies to take alternative elective courses.
All students, both Indian and non-Indian, are encouraged to select courses as electives from the core courses listed below. Students may also select courses to fulfill the curricular area distribution requirements.
Program Director: Barbara King, M.S.W.
American Indian graduates are currently employed in a variety of positions. These positions include education: teaching in nursing programs, Indian studies and elementary and secondary schools; administration: directors of health care programs, tribal leaders; health care service providers: reservation and Indian health service; social work: reservation, school and county social services.
Indian Studies Concentration in Social Work
The Social Work and American Indian Studies programs have collaborated to design a course of study that builds on traditional social work methods with specific knowledge about American Indians. The student is prepared to more fully understand the uniqueness of social work practice and American Indians through the study of cultural, social and political problems that face American Indians. The beginning social work practitioner learns to be sensitive and skillful in intervention with indi-viduals, groups, families, and large systems of this population.
Courses: American Indian Law and Policy, American Indian Families, Counseling the American Indian, Human Behavior and the American Indian Community, and a field placement that involves working with American Indian clients.
Indian Studies offers a rich variety of classes. These courses will help meet some of the distribution requirements for the General Education program. Courses offered are:
Faculty and Facilities
The faculty and staff reflect a diverse background that is in keeping with the College's focus on a strong liberal arts base. They are involved at all levels of teaching, administering, and counseling students. A special center, the Indian Cultural and Resource Center, serves as the nucleus of the various Indian education programs and activities. A student club involves itself in such activities as Indian Awareness Week, fund-raising, peer advisement and community outreach.
The Indian Scholarship Program is offered by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, often in cooperation with state education departments, for individuals of American Indian descent who meet eligibility requirements. These grants may cover up to full demonstrated need. Inquiries should be addressed to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office nearest you, or to the state office having program jurisdiction.
Students may also be eligible to apply for the following financial aid:
For Further Information
If you would like more information about our program or financial aid contact:
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