2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Northern Studies

College of Liberal Arts
Interdisciplinary Program
(907) 474-7126
www.uaf.edu/northern/

B.A., M.A. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 130 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.

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 Exchange and Study Abroad Programs section.

Major—B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following northern studies core requirements:*

    ANL 315—Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut 3 credits

    ANTH 242—Native Cultures of Alaska 3 credits

    BIOL 104—Natural History of Alaska 3 credits

    GEOG 427—Cold Lands 3 credits

    HIST 483W—20th Century Circumpolar History 3 credits

    NORS 484W—Seminar in Northern Studies 3 credits

    PS 263—Alaska Native Politics (3)
    or PS 462—Alaska Government and Politics (3) 3 credits
  4. Complete 15 credits* from 2 of the following groups:**

    a. Anthropology

    ANTH 309—Circumpolar Archaeology 3 credits

    ANS/ANTH 320W—Language and Culture: Applications to Alaska 3 credits

    ANTH 380—The People of Alaskan Southwest: Aleuts, Kodiak Islanders and the Chugach 3 credits

    ANTH 381—The Inupiaq and Yup’ik Peoples 3 credits

    ANTH 382—The People of Alaskan Southeast 3 credits

    ANTH 383—Athabascan Peoples of Alaska and Adjacent Canada 3 credits

    b. Geography

    GEOG 302—Geography of Alaska 3 credits

    GEOG 303—Geography of United States and Canada 3 credits

    GEOG 306—Geography of Russia 3 credits

    c. History

    HIST 320—Modern Scandinavia 3 credits

    HIST 354—Canadian History to 1867 3 credits

    HIST 355—Canadian History: 1867 to Present 3 credits

    HIST 375W—History of the Northern Pacific 3 credits

    HIST 460—Russian America 3 credits

    HIST 461W—History of Alaska 3 credits

    HIST 464—History of Russia 3 credits

    HIST 481—Polar Exploration and Its Literature 3 credits

    d. Political Science

    PS 321—International Politics 3 credits

    PS 322—International Law and Organization 3 credits

    PS/ANS 325—Native Self-Government 3 credits

    PS/ANS 450—Comparative Aboriginal Rights and Policies 3 credits

    PS 468W—Government and Politics of Russia 3 credits

    e. Humanities

    ART 365—Native Art of Alaska 3 credits

    ENGL 349—Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English Translation) 3 credits

    ENGL 350—Literature of Alaska and the Yukon Territory 3 credits

    MUS 441—Alaska Native Music and Social Change 3 credits

    Northern language*** 10 credits
  5. Minimum credits required 130

* 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.

Minor

  1. Complete the following:

    ANL 315—Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut 3 credits

    ANTH 242—Native Cultures of Alaska 3 credits

    BIOL 104—Natural History of Alaska 3 credits

    GEOG 427—Cold Lands 3 credits

    HIST 483W—20th Century Circumpolar History 3 credits

    PS 263—Alaska Native Politics (3)
    or PS 462—Alaska Government and Politics 3 credits
  2. Minimum credits required 18

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