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Course Number Key

The first digit in the course number defines the course level.

1000 - 2999 Lower-level class
3000 - 4999 Upper-level class
5000 - 5999Primarily for post-baccalaureate students

The second digit in the course number defines within which NAS Area of Emphasis it belongs. 

(This is a general guide.  Many courses can be applied to more than one Area of Emphasis.  Your advisor can help you determine which classes you should take, based on which Area(s) of Emphasis you are pursuing.

1-2Language, History and Cultural Knowledge
3-4Tribal Governance and Policy
5-6Indigenous Media
9Special Topics and Variable Credit 

The fourth digit in the course number is the number of course credit hours.

Course Listing

Please visit the OU General Catalog for a full listing and descriptions of our regularly-offered classes. 

The list below is sorted by NAS Areas of Emphasis and includes a listing of current and recently-offered Special Topics courses that are not listed in the General Catalog.

Course NumberCourse Title
NAS 1013Introduction to Native American Studies
NAS 2013Foundations of Native American Sovereignty 
NAS 3013Internship 
NAS 4033Indigenous Research Methods
NAS 4043Sovereignty, Law, and Policy 
NAS 4053Senior Capstone 
NAS 4063Critical Indigenous Theory
NAS 5033Indigenous Research Methods 
NAS 5043Sovereignty, Law, and Policy
NAS 5063Critical Indigenous Theory 
Course NumberCourse Title
CHER 1715 Beginning Cherokee
CHER 1725 Beginning Cherokee Continued
CHER 2733 Intermediate Cherokee
CHOC 1715 Beginning Choctaw
CHOC 1725 Beginning Choctaw Continued
CHOC 2733 Intermediate Choctaw
CREK 1715 Beginning Creek
CREK 1725 Beginning Creek Continued
CREK 2733 Intermediate Creek
CREK XXXX Advanced Creek
KIOW 1715 Beginning Kiowa
KIOW 1725 Beginning Kiowa Continued
KIOW 2733 Intermediate Kiowa
NAS 3113 Native American Philosophy 
NAS 3123 Gender and Sexuality in North America 
NAS 4113 Oklahoma Tribal History 
NAS 4133 Tribal Historic Preservation 
NAS 4970 Intro to Language Documentation and Revitalization
ANTH 2613 Native Peoples of North America
ANTH 3503 Oklahoma Pre-history
ANTH 3713 Native American Artistic Traditions
ANTH 4653 Ethnology of the Southwest
ANTH 4663 Native Peoples of the Plains
ANTH 4693 Native Peoples of the Southeast
ANTH 4873 Desert Cultures of North America
GEOG 4563 American Indian Geographies
HIST 3633 American Indian to 1870
HIST 3643 American Indian 1870 to present
NAS 5113 Oklahoma Tribal History 
NAS 5133 Tribal Historical Preservation 
 Any graduate course approved by the NAS Graduate Liaison/Advisor or Department Chair
Course NumberCourse Title
NAS 3313 Introduction to Native Peoples and Sustainability 
NAS 3323 Tribal Service Learning 
NAS 4333 American Indian Health Issues and Concerns 
NAS 4343 American Indian Education Policy and Development 
NAS 4353 Introduction to Tribal Economic Development 
NAS 4363 Tribal Governance and Leadership 
ANTH 3453 Contemporary Native American Issues
ANTH 3743 American Indian Justice
ENGL 4033 Indigenous Political Writing
NAS 5333 American Indian Health Policy
NAS 5343 American Indian Education Policy and Development 
NAS 5353 Introduction to Tribal Economic Development 
NAS 5363 Tribal Governance and Leadership 
 Any graduate course approved by the NAS Graduate Liaison or Department Chair
Course NumberCourse Title
NAS 3513 Native American Film 
NAS 4513 Native Cultural Aesthetics and the Heritage Industry 
NAS 4523 Contemporary Native American Artist 
NAS 4533 Contemporary Native American Artist II 
NAS 4543 Understanding Native American Art of Today 
A HI 3803 Pre-Columbian  Art
A HI 4803 NA Indian Prehistoric Art
A HI 4823 20th Century American Indian Art
ENGL 2733 American Indian Literature, Early
ENGL 2743 American Indian Literature, Modern
ENGL 3253 American Indian Literature, Topic
ENGL 3353 American Indian Nonfiction
ENGL 4343 Indian in Popular Culture
MUNM 3213 Native American Music
NAS 5513 Native Cultural Aesthetics and the Heritage Industry 
 Any graduate course approved by the NAS Graduate Liaison or Department Chair
Course NumberCourse Title
NAS 3960 Honors Reading
NAS 3970 Honors Seminar
NAS 3980 Honors Research
NAS 3990 Independent Study
NAS 4960 Directed Reading
NAS 4970 Special Topics
NAS 4990 Independent Study
NAS 5920 Practicum
NAS 5960 Directed Reading
NAS 5970 Special Topics
NAS 5990 Independent Study

NAS offers Special Topics classes (4970/5970) that are not listed in the General Catalog.  Our current and recently-offered Special Topics classes are listed below.

Course NumberCourse Title & Info
NAS 4970/5970Indigenous Community Planning (Fall 2020)
Students will learn about Indigenous Planning and how it is applied, as well as emerging trends in the field. Students will learn an Indigenous planning analytic, that while rooted in Indigenous communities can also be used as communities in Oklahoma grapple with planning their future. Further, this course will address both conventional and less conventional approaches to Indigenous community planning that is not necessarily found within the politics of recognition that are carried out by normative governance structures.
NAS 4970/5970Survey of Native American Languages (Spring 2021)
There are more than a thousand languages spoken in the Americas, belonging to ~180 language families. This is a considerable amount of diversity, most of which is not regularly included in the academic study of languages. It is important for students interested in Native languages to understand the diversity of American languages, what types of characteristics they possess, and how this compares to languages in other parts of the world. This class addresses the linguistic and structural diversity of the Americas, as well as topics like areal diffusion and language contact. Knowledge of this type, besides being required background for anyone wanting to specialize in languages of the Americas, is additionally useful for knowing how particular languages students may be interested fit into the linguistic fabric of the world.
NAS 4970/5970Native American Food Sovereignty (Spring 2021)
This course focuses on Indigenous practices and concepts as it applies to the food sovereignty of the Native Americas using comparative data from across time and place. Of special interest are the dynamic connections between native foods and the health of people and place and the impacts of colonization and rapid cultural change. The study of Native Food Sovereignty focuses on the interrelationships of people, their environments, their philosophies and cosmologies, ethics, histories and health. As such, this course is informed by a variety of disciplines including Native American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Sustainability Science, as well as the ancient and holistic discipline of Indigenous Science.