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Humanities and Social Science Department

Kimberly Bettelyoun (He Crow), English and Literature (Department Chair), Email, Phone
Tony Fresquez, Speech and English, Email, Phone
Susanne Auer, Cultural Anthropology, General Psychology, Ethnomusicology, Email, Phone
Kiri Close, Humanities and English, Blog, Email, Phone
Kirk Costion, Archaeology, Email, HomePage, Phone
Gerald Cournoyer, Art and Humanities, Email, Phone
Judith Graham, Literature and English, Email, Phone
Lenora Hudson, Sociology, Email, Phone
Lilias Jarding, Political Science, Environmental Policy, Email, Phone
Sheila Rocha, English and Speech, Email, Phone
Jean Reeves, English and Speech, Email, Phone
Paula Rooks, English and Speech, Email, Phone

CRCC Faculty

Margaret Bad Warrior, English and Speech, Email, Phone
Anna West, English and Speech, Email, Phone
Steven King, English and Speech, Email, Phone

Welcome to the Humanities and Social Science Department at Oglala Lakota College. We offer AA and BA degrees in Social Science and Literature & Communication, an AA degree in Art and a range of courses in the disciplines of art, music, literature, and the social sciences.

Social Science Program

Vision

Graduates of the Oglala Lakota College Humanities and Social Science Department are able to reach their full potential as a result of their education which will ensure student success in:

  • High-quality post-secondary rigor in instruction;
  • A supportive teaching and learning environment;
  • Learning opportunities that promote assessed acquisition of knowledge and skills for personal and professional development for local Oglala community leadership;
  • Partnerships among students, educators, and the Oglala community that support life and career success; and
  • Integral cultural aspects of Oglala Lakota Wolakolkiciyapi.

Mission

The Oglala Lakota College Humanities and Social Science Department will provide a well-rounded and rigorous education in the Arts, English, Social Sciences, and Communication for graduates to be successful in their local Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Oglala communities by:

  • Ensuring the steady progress of all students toward reaching their full potential;
  • Exposing students to Oglala and world cultures, art, histories, and literature while integrating cultural aspects of Oglala Lakota Wolakolkiciyapi;
  • Maintaining high expectations for students by way of updated assessment tools learned and utilized in the classroom;
  • Supporting higher education on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and amongst Oglala communities by providing high-quality intellectual rigor and Oglala community-based programming; and
  • Challenging students to develop ways of seeing and thinking about the world that go beyond everyday application.

Goals

The undergraduate degrees in the Humanities and Social Science Department require knowledge and awareness of the following:

  • High-quality post-secondary instruction that include forms of assessment testing and rubrics for students to meet learning criteria toward Baccalaureate and Associate Degree graduation;
  • A supportive teaching and learning environment to experience and then repeat regularly in their own professional, personal lives affiliated with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Oglala communities;
  • Learning opportunities that promote acquisition of knowledge and skills for personal and professional development and for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Oglala community leadership; and
  • Partnerships among students, educators, professionals, and the community that support life and career success on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and amongst Oglala communities.

Students will:

  • Integrate a critical understanding of a significant portion of the fields of Arts, English, Social Sciences, and Communication;
  • Locate and evaluate pertinent information using current technology;
  • Apply communication skills to write and present in a professional academic environment;
  • Summarize an understanding of important concepts and methods in the Arts, English, Social Sciences, and Communication;
  • Develop a mastery of higher-order objectives, including problem solving skills, in the Arts, English, Social Sciences, and Communication;
  • Demonstrate skills for leadership and participation in the local Oglala Lakota culture and philosophy within the context of a diverse tribal and global society (Wolakolkiciyapi).
  • Summarize an understanding of important concepts and methods in the Arts, English, Social Sciences, and Communication;
  • Develop a mastery of higher-order objectives, including problem solving skills, in the Arts, English, Social Sciences, and Communication;
  • Demonstrate skills for leadership and participation in the local Oglala Lakota culture and philosophy within the context of a diverse tribal and global society (Wolakolkiciyapi).

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