Ojibwe

Fast Facts: Ojibwe Minor

  • Coursework in Ojibwe language and culture focusing on the relationship between the two
  • Employs a practical, communicative approach in teaching the Ojibwe language
  • The program offers students the opportunity to develop, in conjunction with faculty, a program of individualized study leading to a self-designed minor in Ojibwe Language and Culture

Program requirements

Minor: 20 credits

Overview

By teaching language skills within a cultural context, the curriculum aims not only to strengthen communication abilities but also to achieve a broader knowledge of Anishinaabe cultural expression and worldview. These Ojibwe Language Tutorials offer both teachers and students of Ojibwe resources for learning the language and culture and serve as an example of the connections between the two.

Career Outlook

Graduates are currently employed in a variety of industries including:

  • Education
  • Business Administration
  • Healthcare
  • Social work

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse OJB 1111 - Beg Ojibwe Lang and Culture I

A two-part sequence in beginning Ojibwemowin, implementing the double-vowel system. These courses introduce students to seasonal cultural practices as well as pronunciation, spelling and the usage of basic verbs and nouns (animate and inanimate) in a simple sentence.

Expand and Collapse OJB 1112 - Beginning Ojibwe Language and Culture II

A two-part sequence in beginning Ojibwemowin, implementing the double-vowel system. These courses introduce students to seasonal cultural practices as well as pronunciation, spelling and the usage of basic verbs and nouns (animate and inanimate) in a simple sentence.

Expand and Collapse OJB 2101 - Intermediate Ojibwe I

The second phase of the Ojibwe language sequence which adds a class of verbs to the existing vocabulary, builds speaking skills with more complex sentences, and emphasizes translation from English to Ojibwe and Ojibwe to English. Prerequisite: OJB 1104.

Expand and Collapse OJB 2102 - Intermediate Ojibwe II

Prerequisite: OJB 2101.

Expand and Collapse OJB 3101 - Advanced Ojibwe I

Final phase of the Ojibwe language sequence. This course focuses on the mechanics of the language and especially on oral skills in preparation for a final proficiency exam. Some of the linguistic aspects of the Ojibwe language are explored, while adding a final class of verbs and increasing complexity of vocabulary as well as sentence construction. Prerequisite: OJB 2102.

Expand and Collapse OJB 3105 - Ojibwe Language Immersion II

A summer immersion camp which runs for approximately one week, and includes intensive cultural and Ojibwe language experiences with instructors, elders, and cultural consultants from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations community in Ontario, Canada. Students are encouraged to take the immersion experience during their first and second summers of their language study.

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