College of Liberal Arts
Department of Alaska Native Studies
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 36 Credits
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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.
- 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 with 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.
- Satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.
- Complete the following core courses:
CCS 601--Documenting Indigenous Knowledge--3 credits
CCS 608--Indigenous Knowledge Systems--3 credits
CCS 612--Traditional Ecological Knowledge--3 credits
CCS/ED 690--Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies--3 credits
- Complete at least one of the following cross-cultural studies
ANS/ED 461--Native Ways of Knowing--3 credits
CCS/ED 610--Education and Cultural Processes--3 credits
RD 425--Cultural 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 475--Alaska Native Social Change--3 credits
CCS 602--Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights--3 credits
CCS/ED 603--Field Study Research Methods--3 credits
CCS/ED 611--Cultural, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition--3 credits
CCS/ED 613--Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools--3 credits
- Complete CCS 698--Field Study/Elder Apprenticeship--6 credits
- Minimum credits required--36