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

Fall 2022 Course Offerings


NAS 101(0001-LEC),Class #65812, Introduction to Native American Studies, TTH, 11:00am-12:15pm, Bennett 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(0990-WEB), Class #65813, Introduction to Native American Studies, WEB ONLINE 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 #65862 Introduction to Wabanaki Culture/History/Issues, T,4:00-6:50pm, Bennett Hall 141, 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 202(0180-LEC), Class #67450, Wabanaki Languages I, Cross-listed-MLC 190(0180-IND), Class #65230, TH, 5:00-7:50pm, Web Live Distance Learning, 3cr. 
Max Enrollment: 24, Instructor: 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 298(0001-IND), Class #66131, 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(0001-LEC), Class #65937, Cross-listed-HTY 498(0001-SEM), Class #64470, Advanced Topics Native American Study- Native American History, T, 4:00-5:50pm, Stevens Hall 175, 3 cr. 
Max Enrollment: 12 combined, Instructor: Micah Pawling 
Course Description: This seminar explores the various research methods in Native American history. Students will learn different historical approaches to understanding indigenous perspectives in the past. A selected research project will illustrate the process of historical research in the seminar.” 

NAS 451(0001-LEC), Class #65133, Cross-listed with ANT 451(0001-LEC), Class #65132, Native American Cultures & Identities, W 1:00-3:50pm, Web Live Distance Learning, 3cr. 
Max Enrollment: 12 combined, Instructor: Lisa Neuman 
Course Description: In this seminar we will examine Native American cultures and identities (past and present), with special attention to reading works by Native authors and examining topics such as the effects of colonialism on Native Americans, representations of Native Americans in popular culture, new biological technologies like DNA testing that shape understandings of Native identities, the role of traditional cultures in Native communities, tribal sovereignty and economic development in the twenty-first century, and indigenous environmental perspectives. 

NAS 498(0001-IND), Class #66132 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.  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 Jen Bowen at jennifer.bowen@maine.edu