B.A., Arctic and Northern Studies

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

Minimum Requirements for Arctic and Northern Studies B.A.: 120 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.
As part of the general education requirements complete:
Weather and Climate of Alaska
Natural History of Alaska
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic
B.A. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
Arctic and Northern Studies Program Requirements
Complete the following:
ACNS F201The Circumpolar North: An Introductory Overview3
ANS F242XIndigenous Cultures of Alaska3
or ANTH F242 Native Cultures of Alaska
or ACNS F449 Northern and Environmental Literature
or ENGL F449 Northern and Environmental Literature
HIST F48320th-century Circumpolar History3
or PS F452 International Relations of the North
or PS F469 Arctic Politics and Governance
ACNS F484Perspectives on the North 13
Category Requirements
Students must complete an additional 3 credits from each of the following categories. Students are limited to 3 credits per department except Arctic and Northern Studies.9
Social Sciences - 3 credits
Humanities - 3 credits
Natural Sciences - 3 credits
Concentration Requirement
Complete one of the following concentrations:15-19
Arctic History and Politics
Environmental Studies
Native Studies

Special Notes:

  • Students must take at least 39 upper-division credits in the B.A. degree.
  • Students are not permitted to use one course to satisfy more than one major requirement.
  • Students may petition the program director to substitute other courses towards the degree.
  • Students are encouraged to minor in a northern language, if interested. Current northern language minors at UAF include Alaska Native Languages, Inupiaq Eskimo and Yup’ik Eskimo.

Categories

SOCIAL SCIENCES

ANS/PS F325Alaska Native and Comparative Tribal Self-Government3
ANS/PS F425Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives3
GEOG F302Geography of Alaska3
GEOG/GEOS F429Geography of the Arctic and Circumpolar North3
HIST F461History of Alaska3
HIST F48320th-century Circumpolar History3
HSEM F461Human Security in Alaska3
JUST F340Rural Justice in Alaska3
PS F452International Relations of the North3
PS F469Arctic Politics and Governance3
RD F470The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Pre-1971 to Present3

HUMANITIES

ACNS/ART F425Visual Images of the North3
ACNS/ENGL F449Northern and Environmental Literature3
ANS F329Indigenous Alaska Native Language and Culture Revitalization3
ANS/ENGL F349Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English translation)3
ANS F365Alaska Native Art History3
or ANTH F365 Alaska Native Art History
or ART F365 Alaska Native Art History
ANS F368Alaska Native Art Studio II3
or ART F368 Alaska Native Art Studio II
ANS F401Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders3
or RD F401 Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders
ANS/ART F468Alaska Native Art Studio III3
ENGL F341Contemporary Alaska Native Literature3
HIST F481Polar Exploration and Its Literature3

 NATURAL SCIENCES

ATM F101XWeather and Climate of Alaska4
BIOL F104XNatural History of Alaska4
CHEM F111XIntroduction to Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic4
EBOT F100Introduction to Ethnobotany3
EBOT F230Ethnobotanical Chemistry3
ENVI F101Introduction to Environmental Science3
ENVI F220Introduction to Sustainable Energy3
FISH F110Fish and Fisheries in a Changing World3
FISH F261Introduction to Fisheries Utilization3
FISH F288Fish and Fisheries of Alaska3
GEOG/GEOS F339Change Detection in Arctic Systems4

 Concentrations

ARCTIC HISTORY AND POLITICS

Complete five of the following courses:
ANS F310Alaska Native and Comparative Indigenous Land Settlements3
ANS/PS F325Alaska Native and Comparative Tribal Self-Government3
ANS/PS F425Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives3
GEOG F302Geography of Alaska3
GEOG F303Geography of United States and Canada3
GEOG F305Geography of Europe3
GEOG F306Geography of Russia3
GEOG/GEOS F429Geography of the Arctic and Circumpolar North3
HIST F404Modern Scandinavia3
HIST F461History of Alaska3
HIST F463Imperial Russia, 1700-19173
HIST F464Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia3
HIST F481Polar Exploration and Its Literature3
HIST F48320th-century Circumpolar History3
PS F450Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies3
PS F452International Relations of the North3
PS F460Government and Politics of Canada3
PS F462Alaska Government and Politics3
PS F468Government and Politics of Russia3
PS F469Arctic Politics and Governance3
RD F470The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Pre-1971 to Present3

 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Complete five of the following courses:
ACNS/ENGL F449Northern and Environmental Literature3
ATM F101XWeather and Climate of Alaska4
BIOL F104XNatural History of Alaska4
CHEM F104XIntroduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
EBOT F100Introduction to Ethnobotany3
EBOT F230Ethnobotanical Chemistry3
ENVI F101Introduction to Environmental Science3
ENVI F220Introduction to Sustainable Energy3
FISH F110Fish and Fisheries in a Changing World3
FISH F261Introduction to Fisheries Utilization3
FISH F288Fish and Fisheries of Alaska3
GEOG/GEOS F339Change Detection in Arctic Systems4
HIST F411Environmental History3
NRM F101Natural Resources Conservation and Policy3
NRM F111Introduction to Sustainability Science3
PS F455Political Economy of the Global Environment3
PS F458Comparative Environmental Politics3
RD F255Rural Alaska Land Issues3
RD F265Perspectives on Subsistence in Alaska3

NATIVE STUDIES 

Complete five of the following courses:
ANS F310Alaska Native and Comparative Indigenous Land Settlements3
ANS/PS F325Alaska Native and Comparative Tribal Self-Government3
ANS F329Indigenous Alaska Native Language and Culture Revitalization3
ANS/ENGL F349Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English translation)3
ANS F350Cross-cultural Communication: Alaska Perspectives3
ANS/ANTH/ART F365Alaska Native Art History3
ANS/ART F368Alaska Native Art Studio II3
ANS/RD F401Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders3
ANS/PS F425Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives3
ANS/ART F468Alaska Native Art Studio III3
BA F391Alaska Native Corporations: A Historical and Contemporaneous Perspective3
ENGL F341Contemporary Alaska Native Literature3
HSEM F461Human Security in Alaska3
JUST F340Rural Justice in Alaska3
PS F450Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies3
RD F470The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Pre-1971 to Present3