December 18, 2011

Northeastern State University in Oklahoma Offers Cherokee Major


NSU offers Cherokee language program
by Tesina Jackson
December 7, 2011

In a cooperative effort between Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee Education Degree Program allows students to major in the Cherokee language and give them the capability to teach how to speak, read and write Cherokee.

“This cultural understanding opens all sorts of doors to careers, not jobs,” said Dr. Leslie Hannah, director of the Cherokee studies and language programs at NSU.

The bachelor’s degree program started in 2005 after NSU and CN announced that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education had approved the program.

There have been 10 students who have graduated from the program. One of those students, Meda Nix, currently works at the CN Immersion School.

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