M.A., Arctic and Northern Studies

Concentrations: Individualized Study, Environmental Politics and Policy, Northern History, Arctic Policy

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
Program Requirements
NORS F600Perspectives on the North3
NORS F601Research Methods and Sources in the North3
Select two elective courses at the F400 or F600 level6
NORS F698Non-Thesis Research/Project6-12
or NORS F699 Thesis
Concentrations
Select one of the following concentrations:12-21
Individualized Study
Environmental Politics and Policy
Northern History
Arctic Policy
Total Credits30-45

Concentrations

Individualized Study

The individualized study concentration may be used as a basis for a M.A. thesis/project typically under the direction of a faculty member in the most relevant department.

Select 12 credits of the following:12
Course offerings selected from the relevant department and/or 1
Courses offered within the Northern Studies program, including those in the other concentrations and/or
Select any from the following:
Ethics and Reporting in the Far North
International Relations of the North
Government and Politics of Canada
Alaska Government and Politics
Government and Politics of Russia
Total Credits12
1

Some students may, with the consent of their graduate committee, develop an individualized program with an emphasis on Alaska Native studies, northern art, northern sociology, northern policy studies, or another northern field or discipline.

Environmental Politics and Policy

The environmental politics and policy concentration may be used as a basis for the M.A. thesis/project.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Public Policy
U.S. Environmental Politics
Environmental Politics of the Circumpolar North
International Law and the Environment
Political Economy of the Global Environment
Science, Technology, and Politics
Comparative Environmental Politics
Wilderness and Environmental Psychology
Total Credits12

Note: The environmental politics and policy concentration is a clear track toward interdisciplinary doctoral programs.

Northern History

The northern history concentration may be used for the M.A. thesis/project.

NORS F690Researching and Writing Northern History3
or HIST F490 Researching and Writing Northern History
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Seminar in Alaskan History
History of Alaska
Imperial Russia, 1700-1917
Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
Polar Exploration and its Literature
20th Century Circumpolar History
Total Credits12

Arctic Policy

PS F669Arctic Politics and Governance3
or NORS F652 International Relations of the North
Select 12 credits from the following: 112
Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies
Government and Politics of Canada
Alaska Government and Politics
Government and Politics of Russia
MA Thesis
Select 6 credits from the following: 26
Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues
Evolution of Conservation Concepts and Policy
Modern Scandinavia
History of Alaska
Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
20th Century Circumpolar History
Political Economy of the Circumpolar North
Total Credits21
1

Students may substitute one course from other PS graduate offerings, with the approval of their graduate committee chair.

2

Students may substitute courses with approval of their graduate committee chair.