Spring 2018 Course Offerings


NAS 101 (0001-LEC), Class #88042, Introduction to Native American Studies,
WF 10:00-10:50am, Lord Hall 100, 3cr.  Max Enrollment: 54,Instructor: Lisa K. NeumanCourse Description: This course will survey American Indian social, philosophical, spiritual, and cultural aspects in historical and contemporary society. It examines the issues and experiences of Native people from a variety of perspectives. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts & Institutions and Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives requirements. Prerequisites: None


 NAS 101 (0002-LEC), Class #88043, Introduction to Native American Studies,
TTh 9:00-9:50am, Lord Hall 100, 3cr.  Max Enrollment: 50,
Instructor: John Bear Mitchell
Course Description: This course will survey American Indian social, philosophical, spiritual, and cultural aspects in historical and contemporary society. It examines the issues and experiences of Native people from a variety of perspectives. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts & Institutions and Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives requirements. Prerequisites: None


NAS 101 (WINT-LEC), Class #88044, Introduction to Native American Studies, 3cr.  Max Enrollment: 60,
Instructor: John Bear Mitchell
Course Description: This course will survey American Indian social, philosophical, spiritual, and cultural aspects in historical and contemporary society. It examines the issues and experiences of Native people from a variety of perspectives. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts & Institutions and Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives requirements. Prerequisites: None


NAS 102 (0860-LEC), Class #88096, Introduction to Wabanaki Culture/History/Issues,
T 4:00-6:50pm, Little Hall 203, 3 cr.  Max Enrollment: 50,
Instructor: John Bear Mitchell
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the tribes that make up the Wabanaki Confederacy: the Penobscot, the Passamaquoddy, the Maliseet and the Micmac. It will provide a survey of the individual tribes’ historic, cultures, philosophic, and creation stories, as well as a brief overview of Canadian, U.S., and Maine Indian history. This course will discuss and explore current issues and concerns as well as critical concepts such as sovereignty, treaty rights, and tribal government.


NAS 298 (0001-IND), Class #88383, Directed Study in Native American Studies, Max Enrollment: 10,
Instructor: Darren Ranco
Course Description: Individual study, research, field experience and writing projects in Native American Studies.  May be repeated for credit.  Arranged upon request.  Prerequisite: NAS 101 and permission


NAS 401 (0002-LEC), Class #88186, Adv. Topics in Native American Studies: Wabanaki Languages 3,
TH 4:00-6:50pm, Little Hall 202, 3 cr.  Max Enrollment: 20,
Instructor: Roger Paul
Course Description: This class will be a discussion class for students who have finished levels 1 and 2 or are prepared to speak a Wabanaki dialect conversationally.  Strong Wabanaki Language skills will be needed for the activities that the students will be participating in.  Each class will focus on an activity and a discussion about the words and phrases involved.  Students will be graded on their expressive language skills.  A final presentation to the class in a Wabanaki dialect will also be required.


NAS 401 (0003-LEC), Class #88187, Adv. Topics in Native American Studies: Who Owns Native Culture,
TTH 11:00-12:15pm, South Stevens Hall 232, 3 cr.  Max Enrollment: 16,
Instructor: Darren Ranco
Course Description: The answer to the simple question of who owns Native American/American Indian/Indigenous cultures and cultural productions is surprisingly complex and engages the history of anthropology and the nature of anthropological knowledge itself.  This course will examine the evolving relationships between anthropologists, historians, and other researchers with indigenous peoples (in particular American Indians) and what kinds of ethical and legal relationships have evolved over time to address this question.


NAS 498 (0001-IND), Class #88384, Directed Study in Native American Studies, Max Enrollment: 10,
Instructor: Darren Ranco
Course Description: Advanced individual study, research, field experiences and writing projects in Native American Studies.  May be repeated for credit.  Arranged upon request.  Department Consent Required
Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing and NAS 101 and one additional course within the Native American Studies minor and permission


For questions or permission, please contact: Native American Programs office at 207.581.1417 or email jennifer.bowen@maine.edu.