Alaska Native Language Classes and Degree Programs

There are 20 Alaska Native languages: Aleut, Alutiiq (also called Aleut or Sugpiaq), Central Yup'ik Eskimo, St. Lawrence Island Eskimo, Inupiaq Eskimo, Tsimshian, Haida, Tlingit, and Eyak and 11 Athabascan languages. These languages are becoming recognized as a priceless heritage.

Since the enactment of the Alaska Bilingual Education Law in 1972, there has been a statewide demand for teachers who can speak and teach these languages in the schools where there are Native children. Professional opportunities for those skilled in these languages exist in teaching and research as well as in cultural, educational, and political development.

Central Yup'ik Eskimo is spoken by the largest number of people, and Inupiaq by the next largest. In these two languages major and minor curricula are offered. Courses are also regularly offered in Gwich'in Athabascan. For work in all other languages, individual or small-group instruction is offered in special topics. Thus there has frequently been instruction, seminars, and workshops also in Tlingit, Haida, St. Lawrence Island Eskimo, Aleut, and Koyukon, plus comparative Eskimo and comparative Athabascan.

UAF is unique in offering this curriculum, which benefits also from the research staff and library of the Alaska Native Language Center.

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Fall 2014 Language Courses on the Fairbanks Campus

  • ANL 141: Beginning Athabascan - Gwich'in (Sikorski) 
  • ANL 199: Practicum in Native Language Education (TBA)
  • ANL 241: Intermediate Athabascan - Gwich'in (Sikorski)
  • ANL 251: Introduction to Athabascan Linguistics (Tuttle)
  • ANL 401: Alaska Native Language Apprenticeship (Sikorski)
  • ANL/CCS 608: Indigenous Knowledge Systems (TBA)
  • ESK 101: Elementary Central Yup'ik Eskimo (Charles)
  • ESK 111: Elementary Inupiaq Eskimo (Brower)
  • ESK 115: Conversational Inupiaq (Brower)
  • ESK 201: Intermediate Central Yup'ik (Charles)
  • ESK 211: Intermediate Inupiaq Eskimo (Brower)
  • ESK 417: Advanced Inupiaq Eskimo (Brower)

Fall 2014 Distance-delivered Language Courses

  • ANL 121: Conversational Koyukon Athabascan (TBA)
  • ANL 251: Introduction to Athabascan Linguistics (Tuttle)
  • ANL/CCS 690: Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies (Leonard)
  • *ESK 101: Elementary Central Yup'ik Eskimo (O. Alexie)
  • *ESK 106: Introduction to Inupiaq Eskimo (Davidovics)
  • *ESK 109: Central Yup'ik Orthography (O. Alexie)
  • *ESK 115: Conversational Inupiaq (Davidovics)
  • *ESK 203: Conversational Central Yup'ik III (S. Alexie)
  • *ESK 205: Regaining Fluency in Yup'ik (S. Alexie)
  • *ESK 208: Yup'ik Composition (S. Alexie)
  • *ESK 230: Introduction to Interpreting and Translating I (S. Alexie)
  • *ESK 375: Yup'ik Philosophy/Umyuarteqsaraq (O. Alexie)

*Register for these distance-delivered courses through a local community campus of the College of Rural and Community Development. Call 1-866-478-2721 for more information.

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