Associate of Arts

Native American Studies

The Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Native American Studies (NAS) provides students with the knowledge and academic skills necessary for further study in the field of American Indian Studies, the social sciences and humanities. The AA degree program is structured to present information from a general to specific perspective so students gain a wide and varied knowledge of American Indian cultures and history, as well as a focus on the Assiniboine and Sioux cultures and histories and perspectives.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the histories and cultures of the Fort Peck Tribes
  • Student will demonstrate early production and speech emergence stages of language acquisition in either the Nakona or Dakota Language
  • Recognize diverse tribal histories and cultural practices among Montana Tribes
  • Utilize Indigenous knowledge, history and worldviews in educational planning
  • Identify and analyze the literature of American Indian authors
  • Identify and accurately locate the various North American Indian tribes, bands, Pueblos, groups and language families
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and continuing evolution of Native American culture and history
  • Demonstrate through proficient writing and/or presentation the effects of Federal and Tribal law among American Indian reservations
General Education Requirements
Core I Communications 9
Core II Mathematics and Science (Science with a lab recommended for transfer) 7-8
Core III Arts and Humanities 6
Core IV Social Sciences 6
Core V Native American Studies (NASX 105) 3
Core VI Computer Technology 3
Core VII Health 2
Total General Education credits required for degree 36-37
American Indian Studies Program of Study
NASX 117 History of the Fort Peck Tribes 4
NASX 121/131 Introduction to Nakona/Dakota Language 3
NASX 130 Native Americans in Montana 3
NASX 230 American Indian Education 3
NASX 240 American Indian Literature 3
NASX 249 United States Indian History 3
NASX 250 Contemporary Indian Issues 3
NASX 276 Federal Indian Law and Policy 3
Total Program of Study credits required for degree 25
Total credits required for degree 61-62