First Nations Studies


Gary W. Johnson, Director and Assistant Professor
Chip Beal, Assistant Professor

First Nations Studies is one of four programs housed in the Department of Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity. The other programs are the Legal Studies, Psychology and Social Work programs.

The First Nations Studies program seeks to promote an understanding and awareness of First Nations people. The program provides the opportunity for First Nations people and non-First Nations people alike to increase their knowledge of the origin of First Nations people in terms of history, culture and philosophy.

The differences between First Nations people and non-First Nations people will be examined through courses on culture and philosophy to gain a true understanding of the First Nations people. Stereotypes will be addressed through history courses with the goal of students gaining an appreciation of First Nations people and their contributions to the world. Other courses will provide an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the role of the First Nations people in the cultural development of the world. 

First Nations Studies Minor 

24 credits minimum

Required courses:

FNS 101         Beginning Ojibwa Language - 4 credits
FNS 110         Survey of First Nations Culture - 3 credits
FNS 480         First Nations Society and Culture: Field Research -3 credits


FNS 151         Introduction to Tribal Administration - 3 credits
FNS 201         Intermediate Ojibwa Language - 4 credits
FNS 242         First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs - 3 credits
FNS 350         First Nations History I                                 
FNS 351         First Nations History II - 3 credits
FNS 221         First Nations Wisconsin History  - 3 credits
FNS 230         First Nations Myths and Legends - 3 credits
FNS 304         First Nations Literature - 3 credits
FNS 307         Ojibwa Culture - 3 credits
FNS 386         Social Work Practice with American Indian Families -3 credits
FNS 410         First Nations Law - 3 credits
FNS 430         Contemporary Issues in First Nations Society -3 credits
FNS 460         The Study of First Nations Women - 3 credits
FNS 481         Counseling the First Nations - 3 credits
FNS 486         Special Topics - 1-4 credits
FNS 490         Independent Study - 1-4 credits