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GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS and CORE REQUIREMENTS

General education goals of Aaniiih Nakoda College are addressed by specific courses, and reinforced within the curriculum. These goals are designed to introduce students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge as determined by the mission of the college and society in general. These fields of study include: American Indian Studies, native languages, humanities or fine arts, natural science, mathematics, technology, and the social science. Comparable to the standards set forth by the Montana University System, these goals are to assist students to develop the necessary skills that will make them more effective learners.

Students will recognize knowledge and gain the acquired skills that are employed and utilized in both the American Indian and Western science and social science paradigms. They will demonstrate their ability to successfully integrate these two world views. The general education core curriculum requirements are comprised of a minimum of 30 credits in the associate degree program.

General Education Requirements for Associate of Arts/Science Degrees

AIS 100Intro to American Indian Studies 3 cr
AIS 150/155Aaniiih/Nakoda Language I 3 cr
BIOB 160/BIOB L160
or ENSC 110/ENSC L110
Principles of Living Systems/Lab Or Environmental Science/Lab3/1 cr
HUM & Fine ArtsElective courses in Humanities or Fine Arts3 cr
M 121College Algebra4 cr
Social ScienceElective courses in Social Science 3 cr
COMX 111Intro Public Speaking3 cr
WRIT 101College Writing I3 cr
WRIT 201College Writing II3 cr
Total29 cr


Aaniiih Nakoda College General Education Goals

Aaniiih and Nakoda Cultural
--Embedded in each of the core competencies.
Students will sustain the identity of the Aaniiih and Nakoda peoples of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to ensure their success in the Aaniiih, Nakoda, and Western Worlds.

Oral and Written Communication (Communications)
Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.

Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics)
Students will apply appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.

Scientific Reasoning (Scientific Inquiry)
Students will apply the scientific method of inquiry to draw conclusions based on observations and use scientific reasoning to understand the natural and physical world.

Technological Competency (Technology Use)-- Embedded in each of the core competencies.
Students will gain technological competencies through the use of various computer, scientific instrumentation and research equipment.

Society and Human Analysis (Social Science or History)
Students will achieve an atmosphere of learning through participation and discipline to gain knowledge for their areas of interest in the dynamics of society and human analysis.

Aesthetic Perspective (Humanities or Fine Arts)
Students will cultivate the capacity to create, appreciate, and interpret the works of literary, visual, or performing arts.

Information Literacy-- Embedded in each of the core competencies.
Students will recognize an information need, access and evaluate appropriate resources, then utilize the information in a coherent, effective and ethical manner.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving--Embedded in each of the core competencies.
Students will identify a problem or question, explore potential solutions or arguments, and will analyze the validity of proposed solutions or arguments while respecting differing viewpoints.

Areas of discipline include but are not limited to the following fields of study (See your advisor and the Registrar/Admission Officer for transfer course evaluation.)

Fine Arts:Architecture, art, media and theater arts, American Indian arts, music, and creative writing.

Suggested courses:
AIS 115 American Indians in CinemaAIS 165/ FA165 American Indian Arts
FA 101 First Year StudioFA 120 Drawing
FA 160 Art HistoryFA 291 Creative Writing
THE 101 American Indian Plays and Actors’


Humanities: Literature, history, humanities, foreign languages, American Indian languages, American Indian Studies, philosophy, and religion.

Suggested courses:
AIS 140 Nakoda History and CultureAIS 141 Aaniiih History and Culture
AIS 252 Nakoda Language IIAIS 256 Aaniiih Language II
HUM 101 Introduction to HumanitiesLit 110 Introduction to Literature
PHIL 110 Introduction to Religious Thought


Mathematics: Mathematics, statistics, trigonometry and calculus

Natural and Physical Science: Biology, botany, zoology, environmental science, physics chemistry, geology, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, wellness, health, natural resources, and soils.

Social Sciences: Geography, political science, psychology, sociology, and economics

Suggested courses:
AIS 130 Tribal GovernmentPOL 134 American Government
GEOG 110 GeographyECN 241 Microeconomics
PSYX 100 Intro to PsychologySOCL 100 Intro to Sociology


Related Instruction Program: All students graduating with a one-year Certificate of Completion (30+ semester credit hours) or two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree (60+ semester credit hours) are required to successfully complete the courses listed in the table below. Upon approval of the Aaniiih Nakoda College Curriculum Committee, certificate and AAS programs may substitute general education course requirements and learning outcomes for related instruction course requirements and learning outcomes. For example, students graduating from the Health Science Certificate program are required to complete M121 (College Algebra) rather than M 103 (Technical Mathematics). In this case, students’ computation skills will be assessed using the student learning goals and outcomes established for the general education program’s Quantitative Reasoning competency.

Related Instruction AreasRelated Instruction Course Requirements
CommunicationWRIT 111    Technical Communications (2 cr.)
WRIT 113    Technical Communications (Water Quality) (2 cr.)
ComputationM 102    Technical Mathematics (Welding) (2cr)
M 105    Technical Mathematics (Carpentry) (2 cr.)
M 108    Technical Mathematics (Water Quality) (2 cr.)
Human RelationsHMS 101 Human Relations (3 cr)
Aaniiih/Nakoda LanguageAIS 150/155 Aaniiih/Nakoda Language I (3 cr.)


Related Instruction Student Learning Goals

Communication – Students will demonstrate oral, written and visual literacies for effective communication in the workplace.
Computation – Students will apply mathematical concepts to the workplace.
Human Relations – Students will acquire knowledge of the nature of interpersonal relationships and apply this knowledge to on-the-job situations.
Aaniiih/Nakoda Language – Students will acquire basic skills in speaking and understanding the Aaniiih/Nakoda language and understand its importance in communicating Aaniiih/Nakoda worldviews and life ways.

Special topic courses are offered on demand as an elective for all of the degree programs.

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