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Rural Development

College of Rural Alaska
Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development
Fairbanks Campus (907) 474-6528
Statewide toll-free number (800) 770-9531
Anchorage office (907) 279-2700
Bristol Bay Campus (907) 842-4687
Chukchi Campus (907) 442-3400
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-6433
Kuskokwim Campus (907) 543-4582
Northwest Campus (907) 443-2201
www.uaf.edu/uafrural/

B.A., M.A. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

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Rural development degree programs are designed to educate a new generation of community leaders for rural Alaska. The B.A. degree can be earned either on the Fairbanks campus or through distance delivery.

Students in the rural development program gain a broad understanding of Alaska’s relationship to the global economy and an appreciation for sustainable development strategies. Students also learn specific tools essential for community leadership, including business plan and grant proposal writing, community visioning and planning processes, computer business applications, and project management and evaluation techniques. Graduates typically take positions with tribal and municipal governments, fisheries, tourism and other private businesses, Native corporations, regional health corporations or non-profits, and state/federal agencies.

Undergraduate degree students develop a concentration in one of five areas: community business and economic development; community research and Indigenous Indigenous knowledge; land, resources and environmental management; rural health and human services management; or tribal and local government administration.

Special application requirements and deadlines apply for distance B.A. degree programs. For more information contact the department toll-free 1-800-770-9531 or visit our website.

Major—B.A. Degree

Concentrations: Community Business and Economic Development; Community Research and Indigeneous Knowledge; Land, Resources and Environmental Management; Rural Health and Human Services Management; Tribal and Local Government Administration

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

    RD 300W—Rural Development in a Global Perspective 3 credits

    RD 325—Community Development Strategies 3 credits

    RD 350O—Indigenous Knowledge and Community Research 3 credits

    RD 351—Strategic Planning for Rural Communities 3 credits

    RD 352—Rural Business Planning and Proposal Development 3 credits

    RD 400—Rural Development Internship 3 credits

    RD 450—Managing Rural Projects and Programs 3 credits

    RD 451—Human Resources Management for Indigenous Communities 3 credits

    RD 475W—Rural Development Senior Project 3 credits
  4. Complete the following elective courses:*

    RD elective 3 credits

    RD, ANS or ED electives 3 credits
  5. Complete 1 of the following concentrations:**

    Community Business and Economic Development

    Complete 21 credits from the following:

    ABUS 151—Village Based Entrepreneurship 2 credits

    ABUS 179—Fundamentals of Supervision 3 credits

    ABUS 211—Tax for Business Entities 2 credits

    ABUS 232—Contemporary Management Issues*** 3 credits

    ABUS 233—Financial Management 3 credits

    ABUS 241—Applied Business Law 3 credits

    ABUS 272—Small Business Planning 3 credits

    ABUS 273—Managing a Small Business 3 credits

    ABUS 101—Principles of Financial Accounting I 3 credits

    ABUS 201—Principles of Financial Accounting II 3 credits

    ANS 310—The Alaska Native Lands Settlement 3 credits

    ANS 425—Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives 3 credits

    BA 151—Introduction to Business*** 3 credits

    CIOS 111—Computer Software for Beginners 2 credits

    CIOS 264—Filing/Records Management 3 credits

    CS 101—Computers and Society 3 credits

    ECON 111—Economics of Rural Alaska 3 credits

    ECON 200—Principles of Economics 4 credits

    ENGL 212—Business, Grant, and Report Writing 3 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing 3 credits

    ENGL 414W—Research Writing 3 credits

    RD 430—Indigenous Economic Development and Planning*** 3 credits

    RD 492—Rural Development Leadership Seminar 1-3 credits

    SOC 407—Formal Organization 3 credits

    Approved electives 3 or more

    Note: Designed for students interested in creating sustainable economic development for rural and indigenous communities, with a focus on small business development. Students learn to develop business and marketing plans, economic development planning, and basic principles of financial and human resources management for rural enterprises. Graduates find employment in ANCSA corporations, regional development organizations, economic development agencies, and as local entrepreneurs.

    Community Research and Indigenous Knowledge
    a. Complete 21 credits from the following:

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

    ANL 316—Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages 3 credits

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

    ANS 350W,O—Cross Cultural Communication: Alaskan Perspectives 3 credits

    ANS 351—Practicum in Native Cultural Expression 1-3 credits

    ANS 401—Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders*** 3 credits

    ANTH 230—The Oral Tradition: Folklore and Oral History 3 credits

    APAR 100—Basic Video Workshop 1 credit

    APAR 103—Editing Videotape 1 credit

    CIOS 111—Computer Software for Beginners 2 credits

    COMM 330—Intercultural Communication 3 credits

    CS 101—Computers and Society 3 credits

    ENGL 313W—Writing Non-Fiction Prose 3 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing 3 credits

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

    ENGL 414W—Research Writing 3 credits

    HIST 250—Alaska History for Local Historians 3 credits

    HIST 470W—Researching and Writing Alaska History 3 credits

    JRN 215—Radio Production 3 credits

    JRN 311W—Magazine Article Writing 3 credits

    JRN 404—Photojournalism I 3 credits

    JRN 452W—Radio and Television News Writing 3 credits

    LS 309—Information Resources 1 credit

    MSM 211—Fundamentals of Museum Studies I 3 credits

    MSM 212—Fundamentals of Museum Studies II 3 credits

    MSM 311—Museum Administration 3 credits

    MSM 312—Museum Collection Management 3 credits

    RD 425—Cultural Impact Analysis*** 3 credits

    RD 465—Community Healing and Wellness*** 3 credits

    RD 492—Rural Development Leadership Seminar 1-3 credits

    SOC 250—Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3 credits

    SOC/SWK 473W—Social Science Research Methods 3 credits

    Approved electives 3 or more

    Note: Designed for students with interests in researching Alaska Native communities, cultures, languages, ceremonial performances and histories. Students learn principles of ethical research, explore issues of intellectual and cultural property rights, and acquire skills in doing ethnographies, oral histories, community surveys and needs assessments, and archival research. Graduates find employment with museums, ANCSA corporations, tribal governments, and federal and state agencies.

    Land, Resources and Environmental Management
    Complete 21 credits from the following:

    ABUS 223—Real Estate Law 3 credits

    ANS 310—The Alaska Native Lands Settlement 3 credits

    ANS 425—Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives 3 credits

    BIOL 104—Natural History of Alaska 3 credits

    BIOL 150—Introduction to Marine Biology 3 credits

    BIOL 271—Principles of Ecology 4 credits

    BIOL 277—Introduction to Conservation Biology 3 credits

    CIOS 111—Computer Software for Beginners 2 credits

    CE 112—Elementary Surveying 3 credits

    CS 101—Computers and Society 3 credits

    ECON 111—Economics of Rural Alaska*** 3 credits

    ECON 235—Introduction to Natural Resource Economics 3 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing 3 credits

    ENGL 414W—Research Writing 3 credits

    EQS 201—Environmental Management 3 credits

    FISH 101—Introduction to Fisheries 3 credits

    FISH 401W,O/2—Fisheries Management 3 credits

    GEOG 338—Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 credits

    GEOS 101X—The Dynamic Earth 4credits

    MIN 101—Minerals, Man and the Environment 3 credits

    MSL 111X—The Oceans 4 credits

    NRM 101—Natural Resources Conservation and Policy*** 3 credits

    NRM 204—Public Lands Law and Policy 3 credits

    NRM 340—Natural Resources Measurement and Inventory 3 credits

    NRM 404—Environmental Impact Statement Law 3 credits

    NRM 430—Resource Management Planning 3 credits

    RD 255—Rural Alaska Land Issues*** 3 credits

    RD 256—Co-Management of Renewable Resources 3 credits

    RD 265—Perspectives on Subsistence in Alaska 3 credits

    RD 280—Resource Management Research Techniques 3 credits

    RD 492—Rural Development Leadership Seminar 1-3 credits

    WLF 201—Wildlife Management Principles 3 credits

    WLF 303—Wildlife Management Techniques 3 credits

    Approved electives 3 or more

    Note: Designed for students with an interest in land and resources co-management, development and conservation. Students learn about traditional ecological knowledge, principles of natural resources management and policy, adaptive management, and skills for effective public/private/tribal collaboration in resources management. Graduates find employment with ANCSA corporations, regional and tribal entities, state and federal agencies, and private businesses.

    Rural Health and Human Services Management
    Complete 21 credits from the following:

    ABUS 154—Human Relations 3 credits

    ABUS 179—Fundamentals of Supervision 3 credits

    ABUS 231—Introduction to Personnel 3 credits

    ANS/PS 325—Native Self-Government 3 credits

    ANS 425—Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives 3 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing 3 credits

    ENGL 414W—Research Writing 3 credits

    HSV 120—Cultural Diversity in Human Service 3 credits

    HSV 125—Introduction to Addictive Processes 3 credits

    HSV 205—Basic Principles of Group Counseling 3 credits

    HSV 210—Crisis and Grief Counseling 3 credits

    HSV 215—Individual Interviewing 3 credits

    HSV 250—Current Issues in Human Service 3 credits

    HSV 301—Ethics in Human Service 3 credits

    HSV 305—Substance Abuse Counseling 3 credits

    JUST 340—Rural Justice in Alaska 3 credits

    PSY 240—Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 credits

    RD 427—Tribal Contracting and Compacting*** 3 credits

    RD 462—Rural Health and Human Service Systems*** 3 credits

    RD 465—Community Healing and Wellness*** 3 credits

    RD 492—Rural Development Leadership Seminar 1-3 credits

    RHS 110—Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills 2 credits

    RHS 120—Family Systems I 2 credits

    RHS 130—Processes of Community Change 2 credits

    RHS 140—Alaska Native Values and Principles 2 credits

    RHS 150—Introduction to Rural Counseling 2 credits

    RHS 220—Family Systems II 2 credits

    RHS 260—Addictions: Intervention and Treatment 2 credits

    RHS 265—Interpersonal Violence 2 credits

    RHS 270—Networking, Negotiating and Conflict Resolution 2 credits

    RHS 285—Case Management 2 credits

    RHS 290—Grief and Healing 2 credits

    SOC 242—The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 credits

    SOC 301—Rural Sociology 3 credits

    SOC 370—Drugs and Drug Dependence 3 credits

    SWK 103—Introduction to Social Work 3 credits

    SWK 320—Rural Social Work 3 credits

    Approved electives 3 or more

    Note: Designed for students interested in leadership for healthy communities, management of rural health programs and issues of community healing and wellness. Students learn principles and practices of community wellness, skills in financial and human resources management, and contemporary issues of importance in leading toward healthy communities. Graduates find employment with rural health corporations, tribal and municipal governments, educational institutions, and state and federal agencies.

    Tribal and Local Government Administration
    Complete 21 credits from the following:

    ABUS 101—Principles of Financial Accounting I 3 credits

    ABUS 154—Human Relations 3 credits

    ABUS 179—Fundamentals of Supervision 3 credits

    ABUS 201—Principles of Financial Accounting II 3 credits

    ABUS 232—Contemporary Management Issues 3 credits

    ACCT 414—Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting 3 credits

    ANS 310—The Alaska Native Lands Settlement 3 credits

    ANS/PS 325—Native Self-Government*** 3 credits

    ANS 350W,O—Cross Cultural Communication: Alaskan Perspectives 3 credits

    ANS 425—Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives*** 3 credits

    ANS 450—Comparative Aboriginal Rights and Policies 3 credits

    BA 330—The Legal Environment of Business 4 credits

    CIOS 111—Computer Software for Beginners 2 credits

    COMM 330—Intercultural Communication 3 credits

    COMM 335O—Organizational Communication 3 credits

    CS 101—Computers and Society 3 credits

    ECON 351—Public Finance 3 credits

    ENGL 212—Business, Grant, and Report Writing 3 credits

    ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing 3 credits

    ENGL 414W—Research Writing 3 credits

    JUST 340—Rural Justice in Alaska 3 credits

    NRM 204—Public Lands Law and Policy 3 credits

    NRM 430—Resource Management Planning 3 credits

    PS 101—Introduction to American Government and Politics 3 credits

    PS 212—Introduction to Public Administration 3 credits

    PS 263—Alaska Native Politics*** 3 credits

    PS 403W—Public Policy 3 credits

    PS 462—Alaska Government and Politics 3 credits

    RD 492—Rural Development Leadership Seminar 1-3 credits

    SOC 250—Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 3 credits

    SOC 407—Formal Organization 3 credits

    Approved electives 3 or more

    Note: Designed for students interested in development and operations of tribal and municipal governments in rural Alaska. Students develop an understanding of the history and constitutional basis for tribal governance, basics of federal Indian law, and principles and practices of self-determination. They develop skills in planning, budgeting, and human resources management. Graduates find employment with tribal and municipal governments and organizations, ANCSA corporations, and state and federal agencies.
  6. Minimum credits required 120

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Elective credits may also fulfill the humanities, social science or mathematics general requirements for the B.A. degree. Prerequisites are required for many of these courses; however, prerequisites do not apply to the credit requirement.
***Recommended courses. Course substitutions may be made with approval of the faculty advisor.

Minor

  1. Complete the following:

    RD 300—Rural Development in a Global Perspective 3 credits

    RD electives at the 200-level or above 15 credits
  2. Minimum credits required 18

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