Indigenous Studies M.A.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

In general, applicants may be admitted to a graduate program if they have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 GPA in their major. The undergraduate major should provide suitable preparation for the continuation of studies in the field of choice. Some programs require the Graduate Record Exam or Graduate Management Admission Test and other special criteria for admission.

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Minimum Requirements for Indigenous Studies M.A.: 36 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master's degree requirements.
As part of the master's degree requirements, complete the following:
CCS F698Non-thesis Research/Project6
Indigenous Studies Program Requirements
Complete at least 6 credits in a field setting, including a minimum of one week camp with Elders.
Complete at least 36 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree level.
Students may transfer a maximum of 9 hours from another university into their program.
Complete at least 30 of the 36 semester hours at the F600 level.
Satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.
Core Courses
Complete the following:
CCS F604Documenting Indigenous Knowledge3
CCS F608Indigenous Knowledge Systems3
CCS F612Traditional Ecological Knowledge3
CCS/ED F690Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies3
Cross-cultural Studies Specialization Courses
Complete at least one of the following:3
Native Ways of Knowing
Education and Cultural Processes
Cultural Resource Issues
Complete a minimum of 15 credits of approved electives to provide specialization depth:15
Examples of approved electives:
Alaska Native Social Change
Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights
Field Study Research Methods
Culture, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition
Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools
Total Credits36