Native American Language Program

Overview

Since 1991 the Anthropology Department has offered classes in several Native American languages. Currently, Creek (CREK), Choctaw (CHOC), and Cherokee (CHER) I, II, and III are offered in both fall and spring semesters. Kiowa (KIOW) I and III are offered each fall. Kiowa II is offered in the spring. The classes are taught by native speakers with training in linguistics. These languages satisfy both the College of Arts & Sciences' and the University's language proficiency requirements.

The language courses combine lessons in the grammar of the language with vocabulary lessons and supplementary material and activities designed to situate language learning in cultural and historical context. Considerable class time is spent on conversation, but the students also learn to read and write in the language.