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Academic Calendar

Here is the Calendar of events for OLC.

  • November 27th, 28th, 2014
    • Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Offices closed
  • November 29th, 30th, 2014
    • OLC vs. Dine College
  • December 1st 2014
    • 10:00am: Chairs Mtg.
  • December 5th 2014
    • Classes End
    • 10:00am: All Staff Mtg.
    • 2:00pm: OLC vs. Rocky Mountain
  • December 7th 2014
    • 2:00pm: OLC vs. Jamestown
  • December 8th, 9th, 10th, 2014
    • Make up Period
    • 7:00pm: OLC vs. Dickinson
  • December 10th 2014
    • Grades Due

Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities Faculty

Kimberly Bettelyoun (He Crow), English and Literature (Department Chair), Email
Susanne Auer, Cultural Anthropology, General Psychology, Ethnomusicology, Email
Jessica Charest, English Email
Kirk Costion, Archaeology, HomePage, Email
Tony Fresquez, English and Speech, Email
Judith Graham, Literature and English, Email
Lilias Jarding, Political Science, Environmental Policy, Email
Carolne Landon, Art and Humanities Email
Jean Reeves, English and Speech, Email
Paula Rooks, English, Email
Nikki Pipe on Head, English, Email

CRCC Faculty

Anna West, Social Science, Email
Steven King, English and Speech, Email

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).