For a complete list of courses and course descriptions please see the University Catalog.  For further questions please contact the department.


Fall 2021 Course Offerings


NAS 101(0001-LEC), Class # 7982, Introduction to Native American Studies, TTH, 11:00am-12:15pmBennett Hall 141, 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(0990WEB), Class # 7983, Introduction to Native American Studies, WEB ONLY, 3cr.
Max Enrollment: 60, Instructor: Lisa Neuman
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 # 8033, Introduction to Wabanaki Culture/History/Issues, T, 4:00-6:50pm, Bennett Hall 201, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 32, 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 202(0180-LEC), Class # 9675, Wabanaki Languages I, TH, 4:00-6:50pm, Web-Distance Learning, 3cr.
Max Enrollment: 24Instructor: Roger L. Paul
Course Description: While there are distinct Indigenous languages of the Native nations that make up the Wabanaki Confederacy, these languages are similar. This course will offer an opportunity for students to begin to build their Wabanaki vocabulary and develop skills in pronunciation and oral communication, as well as discussing the history of Wabanaki words. Taught by a Wabanaki speaker.   

NAS 295(0001-LEC), Class # 9536, cross-listed-ANT 295(0001-LEC), Class # 9538, Am Indians & Climate Change, TTH, 12:30-1:45pm, BarrowHall 130, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 10, Instructor: Darren Ranco
NAS 295(0180-LEC), Class # 9537, cross-listed-ANT 295(0180-LEC), Class # 9539, Am Indians & Climate Change, TTH12:30-1:45pmWeb-Distance Learning, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 10, Instructor: Darren Ranco
Course Description: Introduces students to the Indian cultures of the United States and U.S. territories in the South Pacific, paying particular attention to the issue of climate change and how it is impacting indigenous peoples in these regions; also examines climate effects on natural resource conditions as it relates to Indian cultures and the roles indigenous groups play in policy responses to climate change. 

NAS 298(0001-IND), Class # 8312, 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(0869-LEC), Class # 8117, cross-listed-HTY 599(0001-SEM), Class # 6876, Advanced Topics Native American Study- Native American Hty & Environ, TH, 4:00-5:50pm, Stevens Hall 310, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 4, Instructor: Micah Pawling 
NAS 401(0869-SEM), Class # 8118, cross-listed-HTY 599(0180-SEM), Class # 6877, Advanced Topics Native American Study- Native American Hty & Environ, TH, 4:00-5:50pm, Web-Distance Learning, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 4, Instructor: Micah Pawling
Course Description: This seminar explores the significance of Native American history and their relationships to the environment with an emphasis on the importance of their cultural connections to tribal homelands and waters. We will learn about the method of ethnohistory that offers an innovative approach to better understand indigenous voices in the past.  While colonization imposed several challenges, including dispossession, removal, and dramatic changes in the land and water, Indigenous people not only survived, but sometimes benefited from these changes for their own reasons. From colonial cities and intertribal villages to changed landscapes and aquatic ecosystems, Native people strove to retain ties to their homelands, often in new contexts.  Weekly readings introduce students to the growing historiography and include themes such as gender, animal depictions on treaties, water, seasonality, land tenure, place-worlds, sovereignty, and the importance of community engagement. 

NAS 498(0001-IND), Class #8313, Directed Study in Native American Studies
Max Enrollment: 10Instructor: 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.  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