In collaboration with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Department of English, Humanities and Literature at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE) offers a Choctaw Language and Culture minor, and six students were recently the first to complete the program.
The minor became available in the fall of 2011 and is unique to Southeastern, it’s the “only university right now that Choctaw Nation has an agreement with for the minor,” said Southeastern Native American Center for Student Success Director Chris Wesberry in a release.
To be able to note the completion of the minor on their transcripts, the students have to complete 18 hours of classes in the program. Courses offered include Choctaw Language and Culture 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as Intermediate Conversational Choctaw and Advanced Conversational Choctaw.
“This partnership with SE helps us to prepare teachers to teach in the Choctaw Language School,” noted the school’s Director Jim Parrish. The school offers classes over the Internet and on One-Net, Oklahoma’s telecommunications network for school and government. One-Net is available at about 40 high schools within the Choctaw Nation, as well as two colleges, Carl Albert State College in Poteau and Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. In addition to the minor offered at SE, community classes are taught in various locations around Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and California.