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Humanities and Social Sciences


Welcome to the Humanities and Social Science Department at Oglala Lakota College. We offer an AA in Graphic Arts and a BA in Leadership and Communication.

Humanities Faculty,

Kim Bettelyoun, Department Chair, M.A.
Marty Two Bulls, Jr., B.F.A.
Holly Boomer, Ph.D.
Jessica Charest, M.F.A.
Judith Graham, M.S.
Nikki Pipe On Head, M.A.
Carol Quaas, M.A., CRCC
Whitnee Pearce, M.F.A.
John Higgins, Ph.D.

Social Sciences Faculty

Anna West, M.A., CRCC
Margaret Ross, M.A.
Josh Bond, M.A.
Richie Meyers, Ph.D.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT: VISION, MISSION, PHILOSOPHY, GOALS, AND OUTCOMES

DEPARTMENT VISION STATEMENT

To produce graduates who will become leaders in their chosen field and help rebuild the Lakota nation through education.

DEPARTMENT MISSION

The mission of the Humanities and Social Science Department is to provide programs ensuring students have the opportunity to learn key workplace skills while integrating cultural aspects of Wolakolkiciyapi. Our programs equip students with:

  • verbal, written, and visual communication skills,
  • the background necessary for competent and ethical government administration,
  • the ability to think critically, and
  • a general knowledge in humanities and social science content areas.

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

The Humanities and Social Science Department offers a career-focused liberal arts education with courses in graphic design, communications, government administration, and social science. The breadth of offerings reflects the commitment of the faculty to challenge students to develop an interdisciplinary comprehension of and the ability to excel in a complex, diverse, and rapidly changing world. The Humanities and Social Science Department’s degrees encourage students to develop an informed view of the world and the ability to critically analyze their view while actively participating responsibly in society. An Oglala Lakota perspective is facilitated in all curricula and programs.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT GOALS

The Humanities and Social Science Department has adopted the following goals:

  • Provide and monitor quality post-secondary academic teaching and learning emphasizing an Oglala Lakota cultural perspective as it relates to global diversity.
  • Offer students learning opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills for personal and professional development.
  • Prepare graduates for career and life success and for leadership roles in their families, tribe, and the global community.

DEPARTMENT STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Humanities and Social Science graduates will be able to:

  • analyze and apply professional ethics in a leadership context
  • identify, define, and solve problems
  • locate and evaluate information using current technology
  • communicate with accuracy and clarity
  • comprehend, retain, and apply information
  • demonstrate skills for leadership and participation in Oglala Lakota culture and policy within the larger context of a diverse tribal and global society (Wolakolkiciyapi)

AA IN GRAPHIC ARTS

GRAPHIC ARTS PROGRAM GOALS

Program graduates will:

  • Compete successfully in all aspects of the print industry as graphic designers.
  • Have the skills needed to promote and market their art works, including Internet marketing that would allow them to work anywhere that there is an Internet connection.
  • Be prepared for entry into more specific art programs, such as fine arts, animation, illustration, or 3-D rendering.

GRAPHIC ARTS PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Program graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate using graphic design techniques to compete on a professional level.
  • Qualify to work in all electronic media.
  • Professionally market their artworks on an international level using social media and the Internet.
  • Produce an electronic portfolio website for future employment.
  • Create graphics for industrial printing applications.

BA IN LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS

LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM GOALS

Program graduates will:

  • practice culturally competent leadership in decision making, organizational development, and human and natural resource management
  • lead non-profit organizations
  • lead tribal or other governmental programs>
  • gain admission to graduate school or law school

LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

COMMUNICATIONS EMPHASIS

Program graduates will be able to:

  • Use the interpersonal, engagement, and organizational skills necessary to be effective leaders in harmony with Wolakota
  • Interpret the historical, intercultural, and international contexts of diverse human experience, with a focus on impacts on tribal governance
  • Complete oral and written communication projects
  • Incorporate critical thinking into written and oral communication activities.
  • Communicate within the context of changing technology and digital markets.
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