2007-2008 UAF Catalog


Rural Development

College of Rural and Community Development
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/danrd/

B.A., M.A. Degree

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 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 at 1-800-770-9531 or visit our websitewebsite.

Major--B.A. Degree

Concentrations: Community Business and Economic Development; Community Research and Indigenous 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 one 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 I--3 credits
    ABUS 272--Small Business Planning--3 credits
    ABUS 273--Managing a Small Business--3 credits
    ANS 261--Accounting Concepts and Uses I--3 credits
    ANS 262--Accounting Concepts and Uses II--3 credits
    ANS 310--The Alaska Native Lands Settlement--3 credits
    ANS/PS 425--Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives--3 credits
    BA 151--Introduction to Business***--3 credits
    CIOS 111--Computer Software for Beginners--2 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
    SOC 407O--Work and Occupations--3 credits
    Approved electives**--6 credits 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
    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 credits-3
    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 credits
    APAR 103--Editing Videotape--1 credits
    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/ANS 349--Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English Translation)--3 credits
    HIST 250--Alaska History for Local Historians--3 credits
    HIST 470W--Seminar in Alaskan 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 credits
    RD 425--Cultural Impact Analysis***--3 credits
    SOC 250--Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences--3 credits
    SOC/PSY 480W--Qualitative Social Science Research--3 credits
    Approved electives**--3 credits 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/PS 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/NRM 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 235--Introduction to Natural Resource Economics--3 credits
    ENGL 314W,O/2--Technical Writing--3 credits
    FISH 101--Introduction to Fisheries--3 credits
    FISH 401W,O/2--Fisheries Management--3 credits
    GEOG/NRM 338--Introduction to Geographic Information Systems--3 credits
    GEOS 101X--The Dynamic Earth--4 credits
    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 430/630--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
    WLF 201--Wildlife Management Principles--3 credits
    WLF 303W--Wildlife Management Techniques--3 credits
    Approved electives**--3 credits 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 resource 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 425--Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives--3 credits
    ENGL 314W,O/2--Technical Writing--3 credits
    HUMS 120--Cultural Diversity in Human Service--3 credits
    HUMS/JUST 125--Introduction to Addictive Processes--3 credits
    HUMS 205--Basic Principles of Group Counseling--3 credits
    HUMS 210--Crisis and Grief Counseling--3 credits
    HUMS 215--Individual Interviewing--3 credits
    HUMS 250--Current Issues in Human Service--3 credits
    HUMS 301--Ethics in Human Service--3 credits
    HUMS 305--Substance Abuse Counseling--3 credits
    JUST 340--Rural Justice in Alaska--3 credits
    PS/ANS 325--Native Self-Government--3 credits
    PSY 240--Lifespan Developmental Psychology--3 credits
    PSY 445W--Community Psychology--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
    PSY 370--Drugs and Drug Dependence--3 credits
    SWK 103--Introduction to Social Work--3 credits
    SWK 320W--Rural Social Work--3 credits
    Approved electives**--6 credits 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 154--Human Relations--3 credits
    ABUS 179--Fundamentals of Supervision--3 credits
    ABUS 232--Contemporary Management Issues--3 credits
    ACCT 261--Accounting Concepts and Uses I--3 credits
    ACCT 262--Accounting Concepts and Uses II--3 credits
    ACCT 414--Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting--3 credits
    ANS 310--The Alaska Native Lands Settlement--3 credits
    ANS 350W,O--Cross-Cultural Communication: Alaskan Perspectives--3 credits
    ANS/PS 425--Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives***--3 credits
    ANS/PS 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
    JUST 340--Rural Justice in Alaska--3 credits
    NRM 204--Public Lands Law and Policy--3 credits
    NRM 430/630--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/ANS 325--Native Self-Government--3 credits
    PS 403W--Public Policy--3 credits
    PS 462/NORS 662--Alaska Government and Politics--3 credits
    SOC/PSY 250--Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences--3 credits
    SOC 407O--Work and Occupations--3 credits
    Approved electives**--3 credits 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 credits

* 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 credits

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