Alaska Native Studies

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College of Rural and Community Development
Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development
907-474-6528 or toll-free 1-866-478-2721

B.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

Alaska Native studies is a social science program that explores current and historical Alaska and broader circumpolar issues from the indigenous perspective. The curriculum grounds students in tribal histories and cultures, governmental policies and local indigenous affairs. The program incorporates Native traditional knowledge, wisdom and experience into contemporary issues and studies. Graduates are prepared to make leadership contributions throughout communities of the circumpolar North. They may also continue to higher education in fields such as law, policy making and Indigenous studies. 

Students complete a concentration in one of three areas:

  • Indigenous Peoples in Law, Governance and Politics
  • Alaska Native Knowledge, Cultural Resources and Expression
  • Alaska Native Peoples: Health, Wellness and Environment 

Graduates may find employment in many different areas including government, health and social services, performance arts, justice and cultural programs. They may also serve as cultural ambassadors to promote cross-cultural communications across the North. The B.A. degree can be earned on the Fairbanks campus or through distance delivery and the department welcomes students pursing a second major or a minor. 

Students applying for acceptance into the Alaska Native studies program need to complete a department-specific written questionnaire in addition to general university admission requirements. Findings from this process will be used to support the department advising process and assist students in connecting with faculty and mentors. The questionnaire is found on the DANSRD website under “How to Apply.”

Special application requirements and deadlines apply for distance B.A.programs.