Course descriptions index


Alaska Native Studies


ANS F100 Preparing for College and Student Success

1 Credit

Presentations on time and financial management, test-taking strategies, study techniques, UAF and community resources, GPA calculation, UAF catalog information, core requirements, goal-setting and personal choices. Provides students with the information and skills necessary for a successful UAF experience. Instruction by the staff of Rural Student Services. Native leaders will be invited as regular guest speakers. (1+0)


ANS F101 Introduction to Alaska Native Studies (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Introductory information on the Alaska Native community. Overview of significant Native issues. Review of pertinent literature and resources. (3+0)


ANS F102 Orientation to Alaska Native Education

2 Credits

A seminar in issues related to Alaska Native and rural education. Through weekly meetings held both on campus and in Fairbanks schools, students examine and discuss issues with Alaska Native educators on topics related specifically to rural and urban Alaska Native education. Issues include: Native ways of knowing, local control, curriculum development for small/multi-graded/rural schools, cultural differences in teaching and learning, and bilingual programs. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ED F102.) (2+0)


ANS F111 History of Alaska Natives (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

The history of Alaska Natives from contact to the signing of the Land Claims Settlement Act. (Cross-listed with HIST F110.) (3+0)


ANS F160 Alaska Native Dance (h)

1 Credit

Traditional Native Alaskan dancing, singing and drumming of songs from Alaska's major indigenous groups taught by guest Native elders and dancers. If there is sufficient interest, a dance group will be assembled using class members for spring presentations primarily in the Fairbanks area, including the Festival of Native Arts. Graded Pass/Fail. (0+2)


ANS F161 Introduction to Alaska Native Performance (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

For Native and non-Native students with no prior acting or theatre experience. Includes both academic and practical components to examine traditional Alaska Native theatre mythology, ritual, ceremony and performance methods. Application of exercises and developmental scenes drawn from Alaska Native heritage. (Cross-listed with THR F161.) (3+0)


ANS F202X Aesthetic Appreciation of Alaska Native Performance (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Understanding and application of the cultural principles of Alaska Native oral narrative performances. Topics are arranged by the five broad Alaska Native regions and include lectures on culture, principles of visual arts analysis of oral narratives, musical expression and hands-on involvement in Alaska Native theatrical arts. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher or permission of instructor. (3+0)


ANS F223 Alaska Native Music (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Eskimo and Indian dance and song styles in Alaska. Emphasis on the sound, effect and purpose unique to each and the collection methods, analysis and the development of a broad musical perspective. (Cross-listed with MUS F223.) (3+0)


ANS F242 Native Cultures of Alaska (s)

3 Credits

The traditional Aleut, Eskimo and Indian (Athabascan and Tlingit) cultures of Alaska. Eskimo and Indian cultures in Canada. Linguistic and cultural groupings, population changes, subsistence patterns, social organization and religion in terms of local ecology. Pre-contact interaction between groups. Also available via Independent Learning. (Cross-listed with ANTH F242.) (3+0)


ANS F250 Current Alaska Native Leadership Perspectives (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Prominent leaders in the Native community are brought into direct classroom contact with students to discuss important issues in rural Alaska and the larger Native community. (3+0)


ANS F251 Practicum in Native Cultural Expression

1 - 3 Credits

Provides individual supervised activities in the formal organization, promotion and expression of Alaskan Native cultural heritage. May be repeated to a maximum of three credits. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Permission of the department head. (1 - 3+0)


ANS F268 Beginning Native Art Studio (h)

3 Credits

Understanding and applying traditional designs and technologies of Native art. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ART F105 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ART F268.) (1+4)


ANS F275 Yup'ik Practices in Spirituality and Philosophy (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Exploration of the processes in Yup'ik natural religion and the underlying philosophy that is the basis for Yup'ik existence in the spiritual realm. Wholeness of Yup'ik existence as it integrates into Western religion and philosophy. (3+0)


ANS F300W Alaska Native Writers Workshop (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Rhetorical methods of creative expression of the Alaska Native experience. Emphasis on the student's development of expressive abilities in a variety of Native and Western forms. Publication of student work a possibility. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; and permission of instructor. (3+0)


ANS F310 The Alaska Native Lands Settlement (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Native corporation goals and methods as they implement the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and establish themselves within the larger political economy. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: ANTH F242 or PS F263 or HIST F110; ECON F101; ECON F137; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


ANS F315 Tribal People and Development (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Impact of socioeconomic development processes on tribal peoples in less developed world societies. Implications of these processes for Alaska Native people. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with RD F315.) (3+0)


ANS F320W Language and Culture: Applications to Alaska (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Language, ethnicity and their interrelationships. Communicating ethnic identity. Patterns of language use which affect communication between ethnic groups. Applicability of these concepts to Native/non-Native communication patterns. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; LING F101. (Cross-listed with ANTH F320.) (3+0)


ANS F325 Native Self Government (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Indigenous political systems, customary law and justice in Alaska emphasizing the organization of Native governance under federal Indian law and Alaska state-chartered local government. Comparisons between Alaska Native political development and those of tribes in the contiguous 48 states and northern hemisphere tribal people. Prerequisites: HIST F110; PS F263; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PS F325.) (3+0)


ANS F330 Yup'ik Parenting and Child Development (h)

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Processes, methods and evaluation of Yup'ik child rearing including how it is affected by other cultures and how these can be integrated into the process. Only offered at Kuskokwim Campus. Prerequisites: PSY F240 or permission of instructor. (1 - 3+0)


ANS F335 Native North Americans (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Interdisciplinary examination of the ecological, cultural, historical and political experiences of Native Americans. Includes archaeological evidence, ethnographic data and indigenous accounts. Readings selected from all of North America with an emphasis on Alaska Natives. Prerequisites: ANS F101, ANS F242, or permission of instructor. (3+0)


ANS F340 Contemporary Native American Literature (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Contemporary Native American writing in English, including novels, short stories, poetry and plays. Examples of Native American film when related to a written work. Works discussed in relation to cultural contexts and interpretations. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ENGL F340.) (3+0)


ANS F347 Voices of Native American Peoples (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Exploration of the forms by which Native American peoples have narrated their life experiences. Includes oral narratives, written autobiographies, memoirs and speeches, and an introduction to the social, historical and cultural content surrounding these texts. Readings selected from all of North America with an emphasis on Alaska Natives. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X. (Cross-listed with ENGL F347.) (3+0)


ANS F348W Native North American Women (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between Native American women and their social settings and cross-cultural experiences. Includes issues of political, economic and social solutions as employed by women in a large multi-ethnic nation-state. Prerequisites: ANS F101; ANTH F100X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; SOC F100X; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with WMS F348.) (3+0)


ANS F349 Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English Translation) (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Traditional and historical tales by Aleut, Eskimo, Athabascan, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian storytellers. Bibliography, Alaska Native genres and viewpoints, and structural and thematic features of tales. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ENGL F349.) (3+0)


ANS F350W,O Cross Cultural Communication: Alaskan Perspectives (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Culture influences on communication patterns. Examines how misunderstandings may develop from differently organized ways of speaking and thinking when cultures come in contact. Focus on Alaska, with its diversity of cultures and languages, as a microcosm for examining these issues, particularly as they affect Native and non-Native communication in institutional settings. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. (3+0)


ANS F351 Practicum in Native Cultural Expression

1 - 3 Credits

Individual supervised activities in advanced organization, promotion and expression of Alaskan Native cultural heritage projects (Festival of Native Arts leadership, Tuma Theatre, Theata magazine, etc.). Continuation of ANS F251. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1 - 3+0)


ANS F360 Advanced Native Dance (h)

1 Credit     Offered Spring

Advanced dance techniques with emphasis on the cultural meanings of the performance. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: ANS F160 or permission of instructor. (1+0+1)


ANS F361 Advanced Alaska Native Performance (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth study of Alaska Native theatre techniques and tradition, including traditional dance, song and drumming techniques, mask characterizations and performance application and presentation of a workshop production developed by the students during the semester. Prerequisites: ANS/THR F161. (Cross-listed with THR F361.) (2+3)


ANS F365 Native Art of Alaska (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Art forms of the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut from prehistory to the present. Changes in forms through the centuries. Prerequisites: Advanced standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ANTH F365; ART F365.) (3+0)


ANS F366 Northwest Coast Indian Art (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Arts of the Northwest Coast Indians and the place of art in their culture. (Cross-listed with ANTH F366; ART F366.) (3+0)


ANS F367 Eskimo Art (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Eskimo art from Alaska, Canada and Siberia beginning with the earliest known pieces to the beginning of the 20th century. (Cross-listed with ANTH F367; ART F367.) (3+0)


ANS F368 Intermediate Native Art Studio (h)

3 Credits

Understanding and applying advanced traditional designs and technologies of Native art. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ART F268 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ART F368.) (1+4)


ANS F370 Issues in Alaska Bilingual and Multicultural Education

1 Credit     Offered As Demand Warrants

Current issues related to Alaska bilingual and multicultural education. Students must attend all three days of the annual Alaska Bilingual/Multicultural Education and Equity Conference and write a paper reflecting on how they will use information gained from the conference in their own multicultural education context. Course may be repeated for credit since the content of the conference changes each year. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Prior course work at the lower-division level. (Cross-listed with ED F370.) (1+0)


ANS F375 Native American Religion and Philosophy (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Philosophical aspects of Native American world views. Systems of belief and knowledge, explanations of natural phenomena, relationship of humans to natural environment through ritual and ceremonial observances. Recommended: PHIL F102. (3+0)


ANS F381W Alaska Natives in Film (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Analysis of the portrayal of Alaska's Inupiaq and Yup'ik peoples (with some on Canada's Inuit) through select films and readings. Learning to critically analyze films and understanding how various film techniques are accomplished while focusing on feature films' treatment and use of Northern peoples in film, as well as looking at the social impact of such films. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. Recommended: ART/MUS/THR F200X. (1.5+2 - 4)


ANS F401 Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Study with prominent Native tradition-bearers in Native philosophies, values and oral traditions. Traditional knowledge elicited through the cultural heritage documentation process. Analysis of existing interactions between cultural traditions and contemporary American life as experienced by Native elders. Prerequisites: HIST F110; ANTH F242; upper-division standing. (Cross-listed with RD F401.) (3+0)


ANS F420 Alaska Native Education (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

School systems historically serving Native people, current efforts toward local control and the cross-cultural nature of this education. Field experience required. Prerequisites: ANTH F242 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ED F420.) (3+0)


ANS F425 Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

The special relationship between the federal government and Native Americans based on land transactions and recognition of tribal sovereignty. Federal Indian law and policy evolving from this relationship. Legal rights and status of Alaska Natives. Prerequisites: PS F101; HIST F110; or permission of instructor. Recommended: PS F263. (Cross-listed with PS F425.) (3+0)


ANS F450 Comparative Aboriginal Rights and Policies (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A case-study approach in assessing aboriginal rights and policies in different nation-state systems. Seven aboriginal situations examined for factors promoting or limiting self-determination. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PS F450.) (3+0)


ANS F461 Native Ways of Knowing (h)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Focus on how culture and worldview shape who we are and influence the way we come to know the world around us. Emphasis on Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing. (Cross-listed with ED F461.) (3+0)


ANS F468 Advanced Native Art Studio (h)

3 Credits

Advanced traditional designs and technologies of Native art. Use of contemporary materials to interpret traditional forms. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ART F368 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ART F468.) (3+0)


ANS F472W Rural Alaska, Natives and the Press (h)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Analysis of the historical role rural Alaska and Alaska Natives have played in the statewide press, including Native and non-Native journalists/publishers and their impact on Alaska history and the public mind. Analysis of the rural press, portrayal of rural Alaska in the urban press and the role of cultural journalism. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


ANS F475 Alaska Native Social Change (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Tradition and change in Native social institutions in contemporary society. Methods of identifying and analyzing significant Native social change processes for public understanding. Prerequisites: ANTH F242 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


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