In the Cherokee syllabary, the characters above spell "study".
In the Cherokee syllabary, the characters above spell "study".

Undergraduate Programs in Cherokee Studies

Cross-cultural, interdisciplinary learning a hot commodity

Our students are diverse—Native American, traditional and non-traditional—and they come to the Cherokee Studies program for a variety of reasons. Indian students are especially interested in answering personal questions about identity and heritage while Indian and non-Indian students alike seek to learn more about subjects on Native American culture, art, history, politics and public policy.

Whether you’re thinking about joining the program for a career in history or public policy, or for academic or personal advancement, you should know that cross-cultural interdisciplinary learning is a hot commodity in today’s world and will give you skills that are invaluable, wherever you go from here.

Interdisciplinary Minor

We offer an interdisciplinary minor degree in Cherokee Studies that is housed in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, one of the interdisciplinary programs offered within the College of Arts and Sciences. Required courses within this minor include those from the Departments of History, Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Design, Modern Foreign Languages, as well as Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary and University Studies Interdisciplinary courses. In the future we hope to include additional departments within this degree program including geosciences and natural resources and English.

Minor requires 21 hours, including:

  • CHER 101: Experiencing Cherokee and the Cherokee Speaking World (3)
  • CHER 132: Elementary Cherokee II (3)
  • ANTH 461: Indians of North America (3)
  • ANTH 473: Contemporary Cherokee Culture and Society (3)
  • CHER 101: Experiencing Cherokee and the Cherokee Speaking World (3)
  • CHER 132: Elementary Cherokee II (3)
  • HIST 445: Cherokee History (3)

6 hours of electives from:

  • ANTH/ART 379: Cherokee Arts and Crafts (3)
  • CHER 231: Intermedate Cherokee I (3)
  • CHER 232: Intermediate Cherokee II (3)
  • USI 394: Topics in Cherokee Studies (3)
  • Other approved courses including HIST 175, NAS courses

Enhance your experience

Student work or study co-operatives are available to undergraduate students through Western's Cherokee Center and external organizations within the Native American community.

For more information, email Center Director Roseanna Belt at rbelt@wcu.edu.

 

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