B.A., Alaska Native Studies

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.
B.A. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
Upper Division Credits 139
Program Requirements
ANS F101Introduction to Alaska Native Studies3
ANS F242XNative Cultures of Alaska 23
ANS F300Alaska Native Writers Workshop3
ANS F310Indigenous Land Settlements3
ANS F350Cross-Cultural Communication: Alaska Perspectives3
ANS F401Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders3
RD F350Community Research in Indigenous Contexts3
ANS F478Alaska Native Studies Senior Thesis 33
Select 9 ANS/RD/TM/ANL elective credits9
Concentrations
Select 21 credits from one of the following concentrations21
Indigenous Peoples in Law, Governance and Politics
Alaska Native Knowledge, Cultural Resources and Expression
Alaska Native People: Health, Wellness and Environment
Total Credits93
1

Non-Fairbanks campus students choosing a minor other than rural development must verify that the required courses can be accessed via distance before declaring that minor. Courses used in the concentration area may be double-counted for the minor.

2

May not be counted toward an Alaska Native studies major if used to fulfill general education requirements.

3

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement. Students may substitute RD F475 with department chair approval. 

Concentrations

These are recommended courses. Course substitutions up to nine credits may be made with approval of the faculty advisor.

Indigenous peoples in law, governance and politics

Prepares students to participate and represent their communities in the tribal, local, state and national arenas. For students interested in public service and/or legal careers. 

Program Requirements
Complete 21 credits from the following:
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Land Claims in the 21st Century
History of Colonization in Alaska: The Indigenous Response 1
Tribal People and Development
Native Self-Government
Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives
Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies
The Politics of Indigenous Identity
Beyond Violence: Alaska Native Healing and Justice
Alaska Native Social Change
Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals
Perspectives on Subsistence in Alaska
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Pre-1971 to Present
Rural Development Seminar 2
Tribal Government in Alaska II
1

May not be counted toward an Alaska Native studies major if used to fulfill general education requirements.

2

Students need to take the Legislative Seminar offering of RD F492, not the Cultural Resources Seminar, to count toward this concentration. 

Alaska Native Knowledge, Cultural Resources and Expression

Prepares students for careers involving literature, cultural preservation, cultural resource management and the performing arts.

Program Requirements
Complete 21 credits from the following:
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Land Claims in the 21st Century
History of Colonization in Alaska: The Indigenous Response 1
Alaska Native Dance (Fairbanks only)
Aesthetic Appreciation of Alaska Native Performance 1
Alaska Native Music (Fairbanks only) 1
Practicum in Native Cultural Expression (Fairbanks only)
Beginning Native Art Studio (Fairbanks only)
Tribal People and Development
Native North American Women
Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English Translation)
Practicum in Native Cultural Expression (Fairbanks only)
The Politics of Indigenous Identity
Advanced Native Dance (Fairbanks only)
Intermediate Native Art Studio (Fairbanks only)
Native American Religion and Philosophy
Alaska Natives in Film
Advanced Native Art Studio (Fairbanks only)
Alaska Native Social Change
Cultural Resource Issues
Rural Development Seminar 2
1

May not be counted toward an Alaska Native studies major if used to fulfill general education requirements.

2

Students need to take the Cultural Resources Seminar offering of RD F492, not the Legislative Seminar, to count toward this concentration. 

Alaska Native Peoples: Health, wellness and environment

Prepares students to utilize traditional knowledge to promote healthy environments and communities. Useful to students on career tracks in health, environmental stewardship and wellness programs. 

Program Requirements
Complete 21 credits from the following:
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Land Claims in the 21st Century
History of Colonization in Alaska: The Indigenous Response 1
Tribal People and Development
Native North American Women
Native American Religion and Philosophy
Beyond Violence: Alaska Native Healing and Justice
Alaska Native Social Change
Introduction to Ethnobotany (KUC only)
Seminar in Ethnobotany
Ethical Wildcrafting
Ethnobotanical Techniques
Ethnobotanical Chemistry
History of Alcohol in Alaska (Fairbanks only)
Culture, Chemical Dependency and Alaska Natives (Fairbanks only)
Perspectives on Subsistence in Alaska
Rural Health and Human Service Systems
Community Healing and Wellness
Introduction to Tribal Natural Resource Management
1

May not be counted toward an Alaska Native studies major if used to fulfill general education requirements.