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Indian Studies Concentration in Social Work

Indigenous Student Alliance

What classes do I need to take?

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:

  • Introduction to American Indian Studies 4 cr.
  • American Indian History (2 courses) 8 cr.
  • American Indian Literature 4 cr.
  • American Indian Art and Music 4 cr.
  • American Indian Philosophy 4 cr.
  • American Indian Law and Policy 4 cr.
  • Counseling the American Indian 4 cr.
  • Topics in Indian Studies 1-4 cr.
  • Independent Study 1-4 cr.
  • Ojibwe History 4 cr.
  • American Indian Families 4 cr.
  • Human Behavior and the American Indian Community 4 cr.

Program Outcomes

Our courses will:

  • Address the methodological and historiographical issues involved in any approach to American Indian studies.
  • Utilize various theoretical models for interpreting various areas of the discipline – history, literature, philosophy, etc.
  • Focus on changing from an "additive" to "inclusive" understanding of how gender and race impacts the American Indian life experience.
  • Focus on the value of incorporating the everyday experience of ordinary people in the creation of American Indian history.
  • Provide an understanding of American Indian life experience, which will provide a mirror and window on student's own assumptions about race, class and gender.
  • Apply this understanding to contemporary issues.
  • Explore the history and differences in oral and written communication among American Indians.
  • Explore the value and importance of seeing through the eyes of others.
  • Examine the role of race and class in the shaping of American Indian history and culture; explore the issues of American Indian cultural identity.
  • Examine what constitutes knowledge of the spiritual practices and belief systems of American Indian communities.
  • Understand paradigms and paradigmatic approaches to political action and processing information.
  • Explore the issues of the American Indian cultural identity through art and music.
  • Examine what constitutes knowledge of art forms and music and its application to everyday life.

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. Through the study of cultural, social and political problems that face American Indians, students are prepared to more fully understand the uniqueness of practicing social work with American Indians. The beginning social work practitioner learns to be sensitive and skillful in intervention with individuals, groups, families, and large systems of this population.


  • American Indian Law and Policy
  • American Indian Families
  • Counseling the American Indian
  • Human Behavior and the American Indian Community
  • A field placement that involves working with American Indian clients.

CSS Indigenous Student Alliance

For more information about this association or to become a member, please contact Michael Sullivan at or Christina Woods at