First Nations Studies

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Gary W. Johnson, Director and Assistant Professor

First Nations Studies Program Top of Page

First Nations Studies is one of four programs housed in the Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department. The other three 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 Top of Page

24 credits minimum

Required courses (11 credits required):

Beginning Ojibwa Language -- 4.00 credits
Survey of First Nations Culture -- 3.00 credits
First Nations Society and Culture: Field Research -- 4.00 credits

Elective courses (13 credits required):

Introduction to Tribal Administration -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate Ojibwa Language -- 4.00 credits
First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs -- 3.00 credits

First Nations History I -- 3.00 credits


First Nations History II -- 3.00 credits

First Nations Wisconsin History -- 3.00 credits
First Nations Myths and Legends -- 3.00 credits
First Nations Literature -- 3.00 credits
Ojibwa Culture -- 3.00 credits
Social Work Practice with American Indian Families -- 3.00 credits
First Nations Law -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in First Nations Society -- 3.00 credits
The Study of First Nations Women -- 3.00 credits
Counseling the First Nations -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits