Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Courses

AIST 170: Introduction to American Indian Studies
Introduction to socio-cultural development of the American Indian in modern times and the background for present-day conditions. Attention given to contemporary Indian affairs and problems.

AIST 230: The American Indian
A history of the Indian in North America, development of Indian culture, Indian-white relations, the disruption of the Indian way of life, wars, assimilation, and Indian culture in a Caucasian world.

AIST 252: American Indian Literature
Study of the oral and written literature of the American Indian and of related historical and critical materials.

AIST 261: North American Indians
Survey of Native North America with emphasis on U.S. tribes, their cultures, rituals, and institutions. Brief examination of pre-history. The focus is on historical and contemporary people.

AIST 271: Issues in American Indian Education
Historical development of traditional American Indian tribal education and its gradual replacement with European-American educational systems up to and including modern times.

AIST 325: Worldviews of American Indians
A description and analysis of selected American Indian religions and philosophies of American Indian peoples of North America. The course will emphasize the Indians’ spiritual relationship with nature as depicted in ceremonies, music, literature, and oral traditions.

AIST 362: California Indians
Native peoples of California, their origin, prehistory, languages, culture, and interaction with Europeans. Selected case studies, with special emphasis on the local area.

AIST 457: American Indian/Federal Law
Faculty permission. This course in Indian/Federal law examines 200 years of legal relationships of tribes with the Federal government, state government, and with tribal members. It has its origins in constitutional law, and is the only body of law directly relating to a single group or minority in this country. We will examine and analyze the practical application of these laws as they apply to the legal rights of tribes and the states in which the tribes reside.

MCGS 224: Religion and America’s Ethnic Minorities
An exploration of the religions which inform America’s ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined.

NURS 645: Issues and Ethics in the Delivery of Health Care
This Web-based course analyzes the ethical, social, political, cultural, and economic factors influencing the American health care system. Population- based health care is emphasized. Strategies to maximize the use of existing resources are identified, alternative approaches are explored, and plans for implementing change within the current health care system are developed

POLS 664: Seminar in Public Policy in Health and Human Services
A graduate seminar which focuses on initiation, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of Health and Human Services policies. An exploration of policy development, policy analysis approaches, new policy directions. This course will focus on how to develop a policy issue paper, including how to identify values, develop alternatives, and make policy recommendations. Health and Human Services policy will be explored at the national, state, and local levels, including the public, private, non-profit, and profit-making sectors. Policy of other nations will be examined for their implications for American Health and Human Services policy.

PSSC 331: Grasses and Grasslands of the Western US
Physical and biological environments of North American grasslands. Vegetative communities, dynamics, and principal species. Systematic study and identification of native and some introduced species.

RELS 224: Religion and America’s Ethnic Minorities
An exploration of the religions which inform America’s ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined.

RELS 347: Cross-Cultural Environmental Ethics
A cross-cultural and historical investigation of the ways that religious and secular worldviews and ethics influence attitudes, behaviors, and policies toward the environment. Attention is given to biblical, Native American, Confucian, Taoist, and feminist perspectives on nature. Topics include an analysis of the modern consumer lifestyle and its impact on the environment, the value of wilderness, mainstream and radical environmentalism, and contemporary policy issues.

ANTH 431: Cosmos and Cosmology
Mythic narratives of stars and creators; the construction of the universe by various people in many cultures through 5000 years of time; solar and lunar calendars and their communsuration; navigation by the stars; moral imperatives known to be written in the stars; celestial coordinates; naked-eye observations: all these are considered from a variety of cultural perspectives from the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians through European megalithic builders to Meso-American and South American cultures to contemporary Native Americans. Seminar format.

ARTH 104: Survey of Arts of the Americas, Oceania, and Africa
A survey of visual arts, including Pre-Columbian, Post-Columbian, Native American, Islamic, and African. These arts will be placed in their historical, social, and religious contexts.

HCSV 664: Seminar in Public Policy in Health and Human Services
A graduate seminar which focuses on initiation, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of Health and Human Services policies. An exploration of policy development, policy analysis approaches, and new policy directions. This course will focus on how to develop a policy issue paper, including how to identify values, develop alternatives, and make policy recommendations. Health and Human Services policy will be explored at the national, state, and local levels, including the public, private non-profit, and profit-making sectors. Health policies of other nations will be examined for their implications for American Health and Human Services policy.