ART 110 01: Introduction to the Visual Arts

ART 110 - Introduction to the Visual Arts

2023 Summer Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 10683

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for Art 110: Introduction to Visual Arts. You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read it carefully. Any changes will be announced on Blackboard. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

This is an asynchronous course, so there are no set meeting times. You are welcome to complete coursework during the week at your place. Please see the course calendar and the interactive Blackboard calendar for a complete list of assignment due dates. 

Instructor Information

Nicole Derenne, MA Art History, MPA Public Administration

Teaching Associate Professor


Office: Hughes Fine Arts Center, room 241

2023 Summer Office Hours:
Office Hour is by appointment in person or via Zoom

Office Phone: 701-777-3395

Cell Phone: 701-739-1290

About the Professor

Nicole Derenne is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of North Dakota (UND). Derenne began teaching at UND in 2003 and teaches art history classes using learner-centered teaching methodologies and high-impact practices through in-person, blended, hybrid, hyflex, and asynchronous modalities. Derenne teaches Essential Studies and advanced courses and serves as a faculty mentor to students in the Honors program and A&S 499. She teaches Introduction to the Visual Arts, Introduction to the Fine Arts, Ancient to Medieval Art History, Renaissance to Postmodern Art History, and topical advanced art history classes. Topics for advanced art history include Renaissance and Baroque, 18th & 19th century Art, 20th & 21st Century Art, Feminist Art History, Non-Western Traditions, Art of Africa, Cubism and its Inheritance, and History of Graphic Design. 

In the Department of Art & Design, Derenne serves on the Budget & Personnel and Scholarship Committees, the Assessment Task Group, and as Library Liaison. Derenne serves on the Strategic Planning, Scholarship, and Program Review Committees within the College of Arts and Sciences. Within the University, Derenne serves as Chair-elect of the Essential Studies Committee and is a UND Representative on the North Dakota General Education Council. She also serves as a member of the Senate Budget Committee. Derenne is a faculty mentor in the Alice T. Clark Program, is Women and Gender Studies faculty, and collaborates with Geriatrics faculty on an Art and Aging initiative.

Outside UND, Derenne serves as Commissioner on the City of Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission and President of the Grand Forks Public Library Foundation. Additionally, Derenne served as Executive Director of the North Valley Arts Council, Director of the Public Arts Commission, and Vice-President of ArtWise.

Derenne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Alverno College, a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Dakota. Derenne is currently in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Practice Program in Higher Education at UND. 

Course Description

Study and analysis of artistic methods and meaning in the visual arts. Films, original works, slides, discussions, demonstrations. Structure and meaning of visual art forms as revealed through the analysis of psychological applications of art media.

In this course, students will study and analyze artistic methods and meaning in the visual arts using films, original works, slides, discussions, and demonstrations. Students will also learn the structure and meaning of visual art forms by analyzing the psychological applications of art media. This course will also offer a basic overview of art vocabulary and art-making techniques and a brief survey of art history from prehistoric to the present. 

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will learn to think critically about Western art while learning strategies that will help you achieve academic success. Some students may pursue additional studies in art, but for others, this may be the only art course taken. Whichever path you choose, this course will open stories from the past through objects created by men and women from many cultures. You may want to visit the sites of the magnificent buildings you have studied as well as the objects – familiar and new – housed in museums. These visits will continue to enrich your life.

The lectures, textbook, and coursework all reinforce each other. By listening to lectures, reading the textbook, and completing assignments, you will learn new study techniques, be challenged to think creatively and critically and discover ways to improve your academic skills. Throughout the summer semester, we will explore strategies typically used by successful students, and you will be encouraged to try them out and see what works best for you.

This is an Essential Studies Humanities course, and as such involves the investigation and interpretation of human behavior and affairs, culture, thought, language, literature, text, and symbols.

  • ES courses in the humanities take as their primary goal the analysis of language, history, culture, text, society, formal structures, and artistic work.
  • ES courses in the humanities may help students develop facility with language.

This course addresses the Essential Studies learning goal of Critical Inquiry & Analysis. This means it will focus on collecting and analyzing information to reach conclusions based on evidence.

More specifically, inquiry should be thought of as a systematic process of exploring issues, objects, or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments. Analysis is the process of breaking complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding. You should expect to focus on these intellectual skills as part of this course.

Course Materials

This class uses two free online textbooks. The first book, published by Lumen Learning, is based on Christopher Gildow's Art Appreciation and developed by Wendy Riley from Columbia Basin College with contributing work from Lumen Learning. The textbook can be accessed at:

The second book is Sachant, Pamela; Blood, Peggy; LeMieux, Jeffery; and Tekippe, Rita, "Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning" (2016). Fine Arts Open Textbooks. Book 3. 

All reading assignments are linked in the weekly folders.

Technical Requirements/Assistance

You will use Microsoft Word to complete assignments (files created using Pages in Apple can be saved as a Word file before submitting). Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

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  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview and How to Proceed Each Week

The course content is organized into 16 weeks. Each week contains assigned readings, assignments due that week, recorded lectures, and any additional resources. On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Weekly Assignments, Readings, and Lecture Recordings” tab. Here you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An overview of each week can be found on Blackboard under the Course Calendar tab. All lectures will be recorded and posted on Blackboard under the respective folder for each week. Recordings will be available via Yuja. 


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

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  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback

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  • The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments and group activities by Wednesday of the following week.
  • The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.



Announcements will be posted on Blackboard every Monday. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly, as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


You are encouraged to post your questions about the course in the FAQs discussion board forum in the Blackboard site or raise them in class if held synchronously or on campus. The Blackboard discussion board is an open forum in which you and your classmates are encouraged to answer each other’s questions. But, if you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend.

Discussion Forums, Blogs, & Wikis

These tools are an excellent way for you to engage with the course material and with your peers. Each week we will have at least one of these tools for you to participate in. You are expected to read all assigned discussion boards, blog posts, and/or wiki pages and provide thoughtful contributions.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.

Assessment Summary


In this course, your learning will be assessed in the following ways:

Introduction Discussion Board and Questionnaire

Introduce yourself to your classmates on the Introduction Discussion Board. Include your name, something about yourself, and a photo, and then respond to two classmates’ posts. Next, please introduce yourself to me by completing the questionnaire. This confidential document lets me know more about you and your expectations for the course.


There will be four non-cumulative, take-home, multiple-choice exams. The material covered in the exams will come from lectures, assigned readings, and class discussions. Exam dates are listed on the course calendar. All exams must be submitted by 11:59 on the respective due date. The exams are open-book, can be taken twice, and remain open for at least one week. Make-up exams are not allowed – no exceptions.

Visual Analysis Assignments

Two assignments are designed to help students put the vocabulary, concepts, and cultural information into practice. Detailed instructions can be found in the assignment guidelines posted on Blackboard. Unless otherwise noted, assignments are graded using the following criteria: 1) completeness (all questions are addressed); 2) the thoughtfulness of the response, as evidenced by the levels of insight and reflection; 3) support provided for the student’s observations and conclusions; and 4) the extent to which relevant course content (from the class and the text) is integrated into responses. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Worksheets are posted online for each lecture topic. In addition, the worksheets serve as a study guide for the exams. All worksheets will be submitted in class on the due date; late submissions will not be accepted. The lowest two worksheet scores will be dropped at the end of the semester.


Students will receive credit for submitting three self-assessments – one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end of the semester. In the self-assessments, students will document their learning goals and progress toward achieving them and reflect upon their learning experiences, time management strategies, etc. By reflecting on learning, students can pinpoint academic skills that need attention and develop a plan to work on those skills. Late submissions will not be accepted – no exceptions. Assignments include:


Lectures will be available online for students to listen to by Sunday at midnight each week. Students are expected to listen to the lecture and complete weekly reading assignments.

Optional Coursework: Extra Credit

Students can complete two extra credit activities for up to five points of extra credit each. Extra credit points will be added to the score of the term paper at the end of the semester. Extra credit opportunities can be found on Blackboard. Extra credit will not be accepted after the date of the final exam period.

Students can also earn extra credit by participating in a study group (organized and led by students) for the exams. To be considered a study group, students must register their group with the instructor at least one week before the exam. Each student must submit a completed self-assessment with the exam on Blackboard by the due date of the exam. Late submissions are not accepted. Registered groups receive additional points on exams based on the following: if the group averages an A, all members receive five points on their exam grades. If the average grade is a B, all members receive four points; if the average grade is a C, all members receive three points. No additional points are awarded if the group averages a grade lower than a C. Please see the instructor if you would like to form or join a study group but do not know students in the class well enough to organize one. Study groups must be registered for at least one class period before the exam. All students in the study group must submit the required reflective essay to receive extra credit points.

Grading Breakdown

Grades are based on the points earned by the end of the semester from the coursework listed below. Grades are not weighted.

Coursework                                                   Possible Points

Exams                                                             280 points

Introductions, Questionnaire                            20 points

Visual Analysis Assignments                            40 points

Worksheets                                                     255 points

Self-Assessments                                           30 points

Total                                                               625 possible points       

Final Grade Scale

Final grades are determined by the percentage of points earned from all possible points. The final grade is rounded up if it is within 0.3 percentage points of the next grade level. Final grades will be determined as follows:

> 89.5% A

79.5-89.4% B

69.5-79.5% C

59.5-69.4% D

< 59.4% F

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
5/15 Living With Art
What Is Art?
Themes of Art
Introduction Discussion Board
Self-assessment 1
Living With Art Worksheet
What Is Art? Worksheet
Themes of Art Worksheet
Visual Analysis I
5/22 Art Elements
Principles of Design
Art Elements Worksheet
Principles of Design Worksheet
Exam 1
5/29 Drawing
Camera Arts
Drawing Worksheet
Painting Worksheet
Printmaking Worksheet
Camera Arts Worksheet
Visual Analysis 2
6/5 Sculpture
Sculpture Worksheet
Crafts Worksheet
Architecture Worksheet
Exam 2
Self-assessment 2
6/12 Ancient Worlds
Ancient Mediterranean
Rise of Christianity
Ancient Worlds Worksheet
Ancient Mediterranean Worksheet
Rise of Christianity Worksheet
Renaissance Worksheet
Exam 3
6/19 Art of the 17th & 18th Centuries
Modern Art
Contemporary Art
Art of the 17th & 18th Centuries Worksheet
Modern Art Worksheet
Contemporary Art Worksheet
Exam 4
Self-assessment 3
6/26 No Class
7/3 No Class
7/10 No Class
7/17 No Class
7/24 No Class
7/31 No Class

Course Policies

The section below contains examples of course policies you may wish to include in your course, such as late work, class participation, netiquette, technology statements, etc.  You may fully edit this section to add and/or remove policies about your course.

Assignment Policy

All assignments are posted on Blackboard, and all due dates are listed on the Blackboard calendar. Except for the fourth exam, assignments are due on the Sunday of the week they are assigned. Any changes to due dates will be reflected on the Blackboard calendar and posted on Blackboard as an announcement. 

Late Work

If you’re having trouble keeping up in this class, please let me know as soon as possible so I can do what I can to help. Due dates are important insofar as they help you spread out your workload and help us keep the behind-the-scenes aspects of the course as organized as possible. However, late work may be accepted for extenuating circumstances, so please reach out if you know you will need more time or are having trouble keeping up. 

Please note: You do not need to disclose or perform trauma when asking for an extension; you just need to let us know (very broadly) that you need help, and we will do what we can to get you back on track in the course.

Class Participation

Students are required to log in regularly to the online class site. Students must also participate in all class activities, such as discussion boards, blogs, and wikis. In addition, students are expected to attend on-campus or synchronous classes, etc.


Students are expected to complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. However, for reasons beyond a student’s control and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, the instructor may assign an incomplete grade when there is reasonable certainty the student will complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to their instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

Resolution of Problems

If you have a problem, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person), it is important to interact with your peers appropriately. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few essential points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless granted permission. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Please be careful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, are unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.


Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns corresponding to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns, for example, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.

I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the quarter; if you would like to be addressed differently at any point during the quarter, please let me know.

As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are correct, please be sure to apologize and correct yourself.

Technology Statement

In this class, we will have a technology policy designed to support your attention to one another and the course material.  We will spend most of our time engaged in activities that depend upon your presence and attention to one another and the course content we will study. We are all challenged by how our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

Collaboration and Recording (For Online, Hybrid, Hyflex courses)

Sharing personal experiences and opinions is an important part of the learning process. In this course's (hybrid, hyflex, synchronous, etc.) environment, our interactions are recorded (via Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Yuja, etc.) and made available to students. The purpose of these recordings is to enhance learning for all students. If your peers make personal statements in this course, consider those comments in the context of our learning goals and do not share them with people outside the course. If you have questions or concerns about any recordings, please get in touch with me.

College/Department Policies

In addition to Course and University Policies, the Colleges and/or Departments may have some of their own.  Please edit this section to add any polices for your college or department.  This could include things like mission statements, professional standards, ethical statements, etc.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171;; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).