2003-2004 UAF Catalog
Degrees and Programs
College of Liberal Arts
Degrees: B.A., M.A.
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.A.: 130 credits; for M.A.: 30 credits
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The northern studies program offers an interdisciplinary study of northern problems and policy issues. The purpose of the northern studies program is to give interested students a broader study of the northern region -- its environment, peoples and problems.
The geographic location of UAF is outstanding for the study of northern issues. Students examine the countries and regions throughout the circumpolar North, and their distinctive problems, such as the survival of indigenous populations, environmental and wilderness issues, high rates of alcoholism and suicide, fragile environments, adaptation to extreme cold and cycles of light and darkness and adult development in small frontier societies.
The northern studies curriculum is centered around an interdisciplinary course (NORS 484W -- Seminar in Northern Studies) which is taken in the senior year.
The M.A. program is designed especially for students who live and work in the North and who want to expand their knowledge of the history, economics, politics, psychology and anthropology of northern regions. Many northern studies students are seeking employment with northern agencies and want to develop a broad perspective on northern issues. Some students plan to pursue doctoral work in a discipline such as history or anthropology and seek a master's degree with a broad approach. Other students are employed as teachers, military personnel, or agency staff and want a rich, interdisciplinary program. The program is suitable for any of these goals, and it is designed to be compatible with either full-time graduate study or full-time employment.
The M.A. program offers three concentrations: northern history, global environmental policy, and individualized study. Students of northern history benefit from the availability of the Alaska and circumpolar collections of the UAF library, UA museum, and the Polar Regions Collection. The global environmental policy concentration focuses on political, social and psychological responses to environmental change. The individualized study concentration has a focus selected by the student.
The program offers a thesis or non-thesis option. The choice of option is guided by the student's interests and goals, the graduate advisory committee, and the requirements of the university. Faculty in the program are drawn from such disciplines as Alaska Native studies, art, anthropology, economics, English, geography, history, library science, political science and psychology.
For information on studying at McGill University, Montreal, Canada; the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; or opportunities for study in the former U.S.S.R., see International Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Students are encouraged to use the major in conjunction with a discipline-based major. Double majors linking Northern Studies with, for example, Alaska Native studies, anthropology, geography, history or political science majors may double count a maximum of 9 credits from the above groupings toward the second major. Other majors may double count a maximum of 9 credits toward their university distribution requirements.
*** Two semesters of a northern language, such as Eskimo or Russian.
Minor1. Complete the following:
Graduate ProgramNorthern Studies -- M.A. Degree
Concentrations: Global Environmental Policy, Individualized Study, and Northern History
Concentrations: Global Environmental Policy, Individualized Study, and Northern History1. Complete the general university requirements.
Global Environmental Policy*a. Complete 12 credits from the following:
* The global environmental policy concentration may be used as a basis for the M.A. thesis/project.
Note: The global environmental policy concentration is a clear track toward interdisciplinary doctoral programs.
Individualized Study*a. Complete 12 credits from the following:
* 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.
** Some students may, with the consent of their graduate committee, develop and individualized program with an emphasis on Alaska Native studies, northern art, northern sociology, northern policy studies, or another northern field or discipline.
Northern History*a. Complete 12 credits from the following:
* The northern history concentration may be used for the M.A. thesis/project.
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