Courses Offered

American Indian Studies Courses

Please note that the following list consists of all AIS courses offered. To find courses offered during a particular semester, see http://www4.uwm.edu/schedule/.

AIS 101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies (3 units; U)
Indigenous experience in the land now called U.S.A.; colonization, tradition and spirituality, indigenousness and sovereignty; current issues, e.g., language preservation, treaty rights, social justice. Theoretical approaches. Prereq: none.
AIS 105 - Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Culture (3 units; U)
Anishinaabe botanical knowledge as it relates to Anishinaabe culture. No cr for students who have cr in Bio Sci 105. Prereq: none.
AIS 106 - Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy (3 units; U)
Anishinaabe philosophical and religious beliefs incorporating botanical knowledge. AIS 106 & ReligSt 106 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
AIS 151 - First-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) (4 units; U)
First-semester speaking, listening, and writing skills in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), the language of the Great Lakes Three Fires Confederacy and current Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations. Counts toward L&S Language Requirement and Foreign Language GER. Satisfies Cultural Diversity GER. Prereq: none.
AIS 152 - Second-Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) (4 units; U)
Second-semester speaking and listening skills in Ojibwe; continued study of the culture of native Ojibwe speakers. Satisfies L&S Language Requirement and Foreign Language GER. Meets Cultural Diversity GER. Prereq: AIS 151 or level 2 placement. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (4 retro cr).
AIS 192 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
AIS 193 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
AIS 199 - Independent Study (3 units; U)
Independent work supervised by a member of the AIS Program instructional staff. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, prog coord, & asst dean for SAS.
AIS 203 - Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past (3 units; U)
Study of western Great Lakes American Indian community life of the past, with an emphasis on pre-European conditions, social organizations, value systems, family life, ceremonial life. Counts as a repeat of Ethnic 203. Prereq: none.
AIS 225 - The Aztec Empire (3 units; U)
Formation and expansion of the Aztec empire; description and analysis of Aztec culture, with an emphasis on archaeological and ethnohistoric perspectives. AIS 225 & Anthro 225 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
AIS 251 - Third Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) (4 units; U)
Third-semester speaking, listening and writing skills in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Great Lakes Three Fires Confederacy and current Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi nations. Satisfies L&S Language Requirement and Foreign Language GER. Meets Cultural Diversity GER. Prereq: AIS 152 or level 3 placement. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (8 retro cr).
AIS 252 - Fourth Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) (4 units; U)
Fourth-semester speaking, listening and writing skills in Anishinaabemowin the language of the Great Lakes Three Fires Confederacy and current Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi nations. Satisfies L&S Language Requirement and Foreign Language GER. Meets Cultural Diversity GER. Prereq: AIS 251 or level 4 placement. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (12retro cr)..
AIS 262 - North American Indian History to 1887 (3 units; U)
A survey of Native American history from aboriginal times to 1887. Emphasis will be placed on American policies and change within Indian societies. AIS 262 & Hist 262 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
AIS 263 - North American Indian History Since 1887 (3 units; U)
A survey of American Indian history since 1887 with emphasis on federal policies and changing Indian societies in the twentieth century. AIS 263 & Hist 263 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
AIS 276 - Introduction to American Indian Literature: (3 units; U)
Literature of the American Indian, focusing on major forms, prominent themes, or a particular tribe of time period. AIS 276 & English 276 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score at level 4 on EPT.
AIS 289 - Internship in American Indian Studies, Lower Division: (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of American Indian Studies in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate settings. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: AIS 101(P); 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
AIS 296 - UROP Apprenticeship, Lower Division (1-3 units; U)
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff. One credit for 45 hrs research. Retakable to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP apprenticeship courses. Prereq: acceptance to UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
AIS 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
AIS 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
AIS 308 - Archaeology of North America (3 units; U/G)
Main pre-Columbian cultures on the North American continent, north of Mexico. AIS 308 & Anthro 308 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 103(P) or cons instr.
AIS 310 - Archaeology of Middle America (3 units; U/G)
Historical development and ecological settings of cultures and civilizations in Mexico and Central America from earliest times to the Spanish conquest. AIS 310 & Anthro 310 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 103(P) or cons instr.
AIS 311 - The World of the Ancient Maya (3 units; U/G)
Historical development of ancient Maya civilization from its origins to the Spanish Conquest. AIS 311 & Anthro 311 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 103(P) or cons instr.
AIS 314 - American Indian Societies and Cultures (3 units; U/G)
Description and analysis of selected indigenous American cultures including subsistence, sociopolitical organizations, beliefs and Euro-American Indian policy. AIS 314 & Anthro 314 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
AIS 320 - Social Change in American Indian Societies (3 units; U)
American Indian societal change studied from a combination of theoretical perspectives: examination of the variation in American Indian responses to Western political and economic impacts. AIS 320 & Sociology 320 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100-level course or Sociol 224(P).
AIS 321 - Contemporary Issues of the American Indian (3 units; U)
Development of the institutional structure of American Indian affairs; current economic and social problems, contemporary manifestations of American Indian spirit, e.g., activism and cultural experiences. AIS 321 & Sociol 321 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100 level course or Sociol 224(P).
AIS 360 - Ezhi-Kinomaageying: Anishinaabe Curriculum (3 units; U)
Hist of Anishinaabe language instruction, including impact of social and political movements and contermporary trends. Review and creation of effective instructional methods for teaching Anishinaabemowin. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (16 retro cr). Prereq: AIS 252(P) or cons instr.
AIS 362 - System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction (3 units; U/G)
Role of globalization in the projected extinction of a large number of the world's languages within the next century. AIS 362, Anthro 362, & Global 362 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; a course in social science; a course in linguistic anthro; or cons instr.
AIS 370 - Anishinaabebiige: Archival to Contemporary Writing (3 units; U)
Introduction to researching, reading, and creating archival material for proficient speakers of Anishinaabemowin. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (16 retro crs). Prereq: AIS 252(P) or cons instr.
AIS 372 - Survey of American Indian Literature (3 units; U)
A general, representative study of the literature of the American Indian. AIS 372 & English 372 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition Competency req.
AIS 473 - History of Wisconsin Indians (3 units; U/G)
History of Wisconsin tribes from their earliest years to the present, including European contacts, treaties, the fur trade, and wars. AIS 473 & Hist 473 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of English Composition competency req.
AIS 474 - Topics in North American Indian History: (3 units; U/G)
Detailed examination of such topics as Indian legal status, culture change, Indian education, Pan-Indianism and gender roles. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. AIS 474 & Hist 474 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
AIS 475 - American Indian History, Law, and Government (3 units; U/G)
American Indian political systems; their interaction with U.S. Indian policy. Indigenous systems of governance; European legal justification for colonization; American Indian sovereignty; Federal-Tribal relationship. No cr for students w/cr in Hist 474 w/similar topic. AIS 475 & Hist 475 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
AIS 489 - Internship in American Indian Studies, Upper Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of American Indian Studies in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
AIS 496 - UROP Apprenticeship, Upper DIvision (1-3 units; U)
Advanced-level undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff. One credit for 45 hrs research. Retakable to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP apprenticeship courses. Prereq: jr st; acceptance to UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
AIS 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
AIS 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
AIS 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature: (3 units; U)
Critical study of themes, figures, aspects, trends, etc., in American Indian Literature. AIS 520 & English 520 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Retakable w/chg of topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
AIS 525 - American Indian Literature, Culture, and Creative Arts (3 units; U/G)
Critical methods in understanding indigenous literature, cultures, and creative arts; uses of arts in indigenous cultures; how arts influence people's views of indigenous peoples. AIS 525 & English 525 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; completion of GER English Composition competency req.
AIS 600 - Field Project - Capstone Research or Applied Project (3 units; U)
Research or applied project on area of student's interest under supervision of AIS faculty member. Formal field project paper required. Prereq: jr st; declared AIS major.
AIS 632 - Seminar in American Indian Literature: (3 units; U/G)
Focus on major forms, prominent themes, or tribal traditions in the literature of the American Indian. AIS 632 & English 632 are jointly offered; w/same topic they count as repeats of one another. Retakable w/chg in topic of 6 cr max. Prereq: sr st, satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req, 9 cr English and/or CompLit at the 300-level or above; or grad st.
AIS 699 - Advanced Independent Study (3 units; U)
Advanced independent work under the supervision of an AIS Program instructional staff member. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 GPA; cons supervising instr, prog coord, & asst dean for SAS..

Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Course Descriptions

Four Course Language Series

AIS 151 – First Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – 4 cr.
This course serves as an introduction to Anishinaabemowin which is the language used by the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi people. In this course we will focus primarily on the Ojibwe dialect but you will learn the basics of the language in a way that will allow you to advance easily in Odawa or Potowatomi dialects if you choose. This course is designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of the language. Lessons will address all four skills essential for language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In this course you will also learn the stories, social systems, philosophy, history and science of the Anishinaabe people and their neighbors. Prerequisites: None. Foreign Language GER: A passing grade in First through Fourth Semesters of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) satisfies the L&S Language Requirement and also satisfies the university-wide Foreign Language GER

AIS 152 – Second Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – 4 cr.
This course is a continuation of the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) language series. This semester focuses on longer texts in the Western (Ojibwe) dialect. Texts will include historical and recent examples of the language. In this course you will continue to develop all four skills essential for language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. As we learn the language you will continue to increase your knowledge of the past history and current economic and political perspective of citizens and descendants of Anishinaabe nations in the U.S. and Canada. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe 152) or level 3 score on placement exam or cons instr. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (8 retro cr). Foreign Language GER: A passing grade in First through Fourth Semesters of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) satisfies the L&S Language Requirement and also satisfies the university-wide Foreign Language GER

AIS 251 Third Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – 4 cr.
This course is a continuation of the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) language series. This semester focuses on longer texts in the Western (Ojibwe) dialect. Texts will include historical and recent examples of the language. In this course you will continue to develop all four skills essential for language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. As we learn the language you will continue to increase your knowledge of the past history and current economic and political perspective of citizens and descendants of Anishinaabe nations in the U.S. and Canada. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe 152) or level 3 score on placement exam or cons instr. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (8 retro cr). Foreign Language GER: A passing grade in First through Fourth Semesters of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) satisfies the L&S Language Requirement and also satisfies the university-wide Foreign Language GER

AIS 252 Fourth Semester Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – 4 cr.
This course is a continuation of the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) language series. This semester focuses on gaining competency in a range of dialects including western, central and eastern variation. As with third semester, texts will include historical and recent examples of the language. In this course you will continue to develop all four skills essential for language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also continue to increase your knowledge of the history and current economic and political perspective of citizens and descendants of Anishinaabe nations in the U.S. and Canada. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe 251) or level 4 score on placement exam or cons instr. Generates L&S credit for demonstrated equivalent preparation (12 retro cr). Foreign Language GER: A passing grade in First through Fourth Semesters of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) satisfies the L&S Language Requirement and also satisfies the university-wide Foreign Language GER

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