IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Degree Requirements

GUIDING STATEMENT

Students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies will have knowledge of self and culture and the skills to assist in the revitalization of American Indian and Alaska Native nations, to contribute to the development of sustainable communities and to continue and strengthen the expression of tribal arts and culture

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Indigenous Liberal Studies Department is to provide a holistic educational experience for students in the humanities, social and natural sciences and traditional and performance art. Students participating in the Indigenous Liberal Studies program will graduate with research, critical thinking, writing and expressive skills.

GOALS

The goals of the Indigenous Liberal Studies Department are:

  • To develop a strong sense of cultural identity and desire for community service in our students.
  • To encourage the knowledge and appreciation of and respect for worldwide Indigenous arts, culture and ways of life.
  • To promote intellectual curiosity, creative thinking and personal expression.
  • To demonstrate and encourage personal and professional growth among students and faculty.
  • To provide an interdisciplinary learning experience that can be applied to life situations.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Indigenous Liberal Studies program will:

  • 1. To demonstrate an appreciation of indigenous cultures and lifeways.

    2. Compare and contrast Indigenous societies and Western societies.

    3. Demonstrate culturally appropriate research skills as expressed through methodology, effective writing and oral communication skills. 

Indigenous Liberal Studies Degree Plans

Bachelor of Arts Degree

120 Credits

Course #   Credits
General Education REQUIREMENTS
NOTE:  Classes taken to satisfy General Education Requirements cannot be applied to ILS Department or Major Requirements
  30
LIBS103 Freshman Semina 2
LIBS104 ePortfolio  1
IDST101 Introduction to Indigenous Studies  3
ENGL101 English Composition I   3
ENGL102 English Composition II  3
BOTN101 Science with Lab   4
MATH102, 
MATH103 or MATH104
Geometry: Artist’s Perspective or
College Algebra or Numbers and Society or
College Level Math (not developmental or Remedial)
3
TECH101 Technology Basics for College  3
  Health/Wellness Elective   1
  Health/Wellness Elective   1
ENGL100 The Art of Public Speaking 3
ARTS101 or 
LIBS111
Elective  3
  DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS 54
 HIST101 Survey of Native American History                                          3 
 MATH104  Numbers and Society                           3
 TRDA101  Traditional Arts and Ecology                          3
 ANTH102  Survey of American Indian Culture                          3 
LANG I                             3
LANG II                            3
IDST 201 Native Eyes Interdisciplinary                                   3
IDST 205 Native Eyes Interdisciplinary course                          3
PHIL201 Native American Philosophy                          3
POLS240 Contemporary Tribal Government                          3
 

ARTH211 or
ARTH212

Native American Art History I 
or Native American Art History II
                         3
EDUC230 Issues in Indigenous Education                           3
ENGL260 Introduction to Native American Literature                          3
IDST290 Internship I                          3
MUSM320 Research Methods                          3
MUSM260 Oral Histories Research                           3
IDST451 Senior Seminar                          3
IDST499 Senior Project                          3
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS          27
Major Requirements
At least 21 credits hours must come from upper division (300-400) courses. The 27 credit hours are to be divided between the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, traditional arts, music and performance and languare. Business and management courses will count as a major management courses as long as the business courses are not used to satisfy the Business Certificate program. Museum Studies courses will count as a major requirement courses as long as the Museum Studies courses are not applied to a Museum Studies minor or Museum Studies Certificate.              
                       27
Creative Electives
Choose from courses offered in New Media Arts, Creative Writing or Studio Arts.

  9

Associates of Arts Degree

60 Credits

Course #   Credits
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 30
LIBS103 Freshman Seminar  2
LIBS104 ePortfolio 1
IDST101 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
  Science with Lab
BOTN 101 Ethnobotany
4
MATH102
MATH103 or
MATH104
Geometry: Artist’s Perspective
or College Algebra or Numbers
and Society or College Level
Math (No developmental or remedial)
3
TECH101 Technology Basics for College 3
  Health/Wellness Elective 1
  Health/Wellness Elective 1
ENGL100 The Art of Public Speaking 3
ARTS101 or
LIBS111
Elective 3
  MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 3
300 Level or above ILS electives include humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, traditiona arts, music and performance, language, and businesss including ILS colloquia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies

24 Credits

Course #   Credits
  INDIGENOUS STUDIES CORE CURRICULUM 12
  MINOR REQUIREMENTS 24
HIST101 Survey of Native American History 3
ANTH102 Survey of North American Culture Areas 3
ARTH211 Native American Art History I 3
  CHOOSE three (3) OF THE FOLLOWING:  
THEA101 Introduction to Indigenous Theater 3
TRAD101 Traditional Arts and Ecology 3
Language Non-English Language 3
IDST Native Eyes Interdisciplinary Courses 3
NAST201 Native American Philosophy 3
ARTH212 Survey of Native American Art History II 3
IDST230 Issues in Indigenous Education 3
ENGL260 Introductions to Native American Literature 3
  INDIGENOUS LIBERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES 3
300 Level or above ILS electives include humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, traditiona arts, music and performance, language, and businesss including ILS colloquia.  

Minor in Art History

24 Credits

Course #   Credits
  MINOR REQUIREMENTS 15
ARTH211 or ARTH212 Native American Art History I
Native American Art History II
3
ARTH221 or ARTH222 European Art History Survey I
European Art History Survey II
3
ARTH300 Contemporary Native American Art History 3
ARTM301 or MUSM320 Writing About Art
Researching Our Stories
3
ARTH311 or ARTH312 Modern Art 1850-1950
Contemporary Art
3
  ELECTIVES (9 CREDITS): CHOOSE 3 COURSES 9
ARTH213 Arts of the Americas 3
ARTH231 Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas 3
ARTH298 Independent Study in Art History 3
NMAD220 American & World Cinema History 3
NAST260 American Indians in the Cinema 3
TRDA101 Traditional Arts and Ecology 3
400 Level ILS electives include humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, traditional arts, music and performance, language, and business, including ILS colloquia 3