College of Liberal Arts
Department of Alaska Native Studies
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 36 Credits
The cross-cultural studies M.A. degree program emphasizes indigenous knowledge systems. The program is designed to provide graduate students, from various fields of interest, an opportunity to pursue in-depth study of the role and contributions of indigenous knowledge in the contemporary world. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with indigenous people in their studies.
Graduate ProgramM.A. Degree
- Complete the general university requirements.
- Complete the master’s degree requirements.
- Complete at least 6 credits in a field setting, including minimum of one week camp w/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 600-level.
- Complete a satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination.
- Complete the following core courses:
CCS 601Documenting Indigenous Knowledge 3 credits
CCS 608Indigenous Knowledge Systems 3 credits
CCS 612Traditional Ecological Knowledge 3 credits
CCS/ED 690Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies 3
- Complete at least 1 of the following cross-cultural studies specialization courses:
ANS/ED 461Native Ways of Knowing 3 credits
CCS/ED 610Education and Cultural Processes 3 credits
RD 425Cultural Impact Analysis 3 credits
- Complete a minimum of 15 credits of approved electives to provide specialization depth. Example of approved electives include the following:
ANS 475Alaska Native Social Change 3 credits
CCS 602Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights 3 credits
CCS/ED 603Field Study Research Methods 3 credits
CCS/ED 611Cultural, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition 3 credits
CCS/ED 613Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools 3
- Complete CCS 698Field Study/Elder Apprenticeship 6 credits
- Minimum credits required 36