B.A., Rural Development

Concentrations: Community Health and Wellness; Community Research and Indigenous Knowledge; Indigenous Organization Management; Natural Resource Development; Rural Community Business and Economic Development Planning

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 1
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
Including 39 upper division credits
Program Requirements
RD F300Rural Development in a Global Perspective3
RD F325Community Development Strategies3
RD F350Community Research in Indigenous Contexts3
RD F351Strategic Planning for Rural Communities3
RD F352Rural Business Planning and Proposal Development3
RD F400Rural Development Internship3
RD F450Managing Rural Projects and Programs3
RD F475Rural Development Senior Project 23
RD elective3
RD, ANS, TM or ED electives6
Concentrations
Complete one from the following concentrations:21
Community Health and Wellness
Community Research and Indigenous Knowledge
Indigenous Organization Management
Natural Resource Development
Rural Community Business and Economic Development Planning
Total Credits54
1

Students outside the Fairbanks area should verify that their chosen minor can be completed via distance delivery before declaring. 

2

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.

Concentrations

Community Health and Wellness

Program Requirements
Select 21 credits from the following: 121
Native Cultures of Alaska
Yup'ik Practices in Spirituality and Philosophy
Yup'ik Parenting and Child Development (Kuskokwim Campus only)
Native North American Women
Cross-Cultural Communication: Alaska Perspectives
Alaska Native Education
Native Ways of Knowing
Issues in Alaska Bilingual and Multicultural Education
Introduction to Ethnobotany
History of Alcohol in Alaska
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Culture, Chemical Dependency and Alaska Natives
Substance Abuse and the Family
Prevention and Community Development
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders
Rural Health and Human Service Systems
Community Healing and Wellness
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Pre-1971 to Present
Rural Development Seminar
RHS
Any advisor-approved courses (credit varies)
Alaska Native Food Systems
Tribal Justice Responses to Community and Domestic Violence
Juvenile Justice in Tribal Court
Tribal Court Enforcement of Decisions
Tribal Community and Restorative Justice
Total Credits21
1

Recommended courses. Course substitutions relevant to the concentration area may be made with approval of the rural development faculty advisor.

Community Research and Indigenous Knowledge

Program Requirements
Select 21 credits from the following: 121
Introduction to Alaska Native Languages: History, Status and Maintenance
Teaching Methods for Alaska Native Languages
Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut
Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages
Aesthetic Appreciation of Alaska Native Performance
Native Cultures of Alaska
Yup'ik Practices in Spirituality and Philosophy
Language and Culture in Alaska
Seminar in Ethnobotany
American Indian History
Researching and Writing Northern History
Oral Sources: Issues in Documentation
Seminar in Northern Studies
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Land Claims in the 21st Century
Perspectives on Subsistence in Alaska
Rural Tourism: Planning and Principles
Resource Management Research Techniques
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders
Cultural Resource Issues
Indigenous Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Pre-1971 to Present
Rural Development Seminar (may earn up to 6 credits)
Total Credits21
1

Recommended courses. Course substitutions relevant to the concentration area may be made with approval of the rural development faculty advisor.

Indigenous Organization Management

Program Requirements
Select 21 credits from the following: 121
Contemporary Management Issues
Public Relations
Managing a Small Business
Indigenous Land Settlements
Native Self-Government
Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives
Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies
Introductory Human Resources Management
Employment Law
Training and Management Development
Leadership, Citizenship and Choice
Natural Resources Conservation and Policy
Wilderness Management
Resource Management Research Techniques
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders
Tribal Contracting and Compacting
Indigenous Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
Human Resource Management for Indigenous Communities
Women and Development
Rural Development Seminar (may earn up to six credits)
Introduction to Tribal Government in Alaska
Introduction to Managing Tribal Governments
Introduction to Tribal Natural Resource Management
Introduction to Utility Management
Tribal Government in Alaska II
Managing Tribal Governments II
Cross Connections: Adapting and Integrating Principles of Management and Conservation
Total Credits21
1

Recommended courses. Course substitutions relevant to the concentration area may be made with approval of the rural development faculty advisor.

Natural Resource Development

Program Requirements
Select 21 credits from the following: 121
Introduction to Tourism
Introduction to Mining
Introduction to Ethnobotany
Seminar in Ethnobotany
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Fisheries
Introduction to Fisheries Utilization
History of Domesticated Alaskan Ungulates
High Latitude Range Management
Natural Resources Conservation and Policy
Harvesting and Utilization of Forest Products
Interpretive Services
Wilderness Management
Fisheries and Marine Wildlife Development in Rural Alaska
Rural Alaska Land Issues
Perspectives on Subsistence in Alaska
Rural Tourism: Planning and Principles
Resource Management Research Techniques
Cultural Resource Issues
Indigenous Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
Rural Development Seminar (may earn up to six credits)
Introduction to Tribal Natural Resource Management
Fundamentals of Rural Transportation
Cross Connections: Adapting and Integrating Principles of Management and Conservation
Rural Transportation Planning
Total Credits21
1

Recommended courses. Course substitutions relevant to the concentration area may be made with approval of the rural development faculty advisor.

Rural Community Business and Economic Development Planning

Program Requirements
Select 21 credits from the following: 121
Principles of Accounting I
Village-Based Entrepreneurship
Human Relations
Business Math
Personal and Business Finance
Small-Business Planning
Introduction to Mining
Tribal People and Development
Native Self-Government
Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies
Construction Project Management
Project Planning and Scheduling
Natural Resources Conservation and Policy
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Land Claims in the 21st Century
Grant Writing for Community Development
Rural Tourism: Planning and Principles
Tribal Contracting and Compacting
Women and Development
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Pre-1971 to Present
Rural Development Seminar (may earn up to six credits)
Fundamentals of Rural Transportation
Introduction to the Indian Reservation Roads Program
Total Credits21
1

Recommended courses. Course substitutions relevant to the concentration area may be made with approval of the rural development faculty advisor.

Concentration area and elective credits may also fulfill the humanities, social science or mathematics general requirements for the B.A. degree. Prerequisites are required for many of these courses; however, prerequisites do not apply to the credit requirement.