Northern Studies

College of Liberal Arts
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www.uaf.edu/northern/

B.A., M.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 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 F484W--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 Exchange Programs and Study Abroad Programs.

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 F315--Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut--3 credits
    ANTH F242--Native Cultures of Alaska--3 credits
    BIOL F104--Natural History of Alaska--3 credits
    GEOG F427--Cold Lands--3 credits
    HIST F483W--20th Century Circumpolar History--3 credits
    NORS F484W--Seminar in Northern Studies--3 credits
    PS F263--Alaska Native Politics (3)
         or PS F462--Alaska Government and Politics (3)--3 credits
  4. Complete 15 credits* from 2 of the following groups:**
    1. Anthropology
      ANTH F302--Ethnography of Siberia (s)--3 credits
      ANTH F309--Circumpolar Archaeology--3 credits
      ANTH F313--Ethnography of Alaska (s)--3 credits
      ANS/ANTH F320W--Language and Culture: Applications to Alaska--3 credits
      ANTH F383--Athabascan Peoples of Alaska and Adjacent Canada--3 credits
      ANTH F472--Culture and History of the North Atlantic--3 credits
    2. Geography
      GEOG F302--Geography of Alaska--3 credits
      GEOG F303--Geography of United States and Canada--3 credits
      GEOG F306--Geography of Russia--3 credits
    3. History
      HIST F404--Modern Scandinavia--3 credits
      HIST F461W--History of Alaska--3 credits
      HIST F463--Foundations of Russian History--3 credits
      HIST F464--History of Russia--3 credits
      HIST F481--Polar Exploration and Its Literature--3 credits
    4. Political Science
      PS/ANS F325--Native Self-Government--3 credits
      PS/ANS F450--Comparative Aboriginal Rights and Policies--3 credits
      PS F452--International Relations of the North--3 credits
      PS F454--International Law and the Environment--3 credits
      PS F460W--Government and Politics of Canada--3 credits
      PS F468W--Government and Politics of Russia--3 credits
    5. Humanities
      ART F365--Native Art of Alaska--3 credits
      ART F367--Eskimo Art--3 credits
      ENGL F349--Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English Translation)--3 credits
      ENGL F350--Literature of Alaska and the Yukon Territory--3 credits
      Northern language***--10 credits
  5. Minimum credits required--130 credits

* 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 F315--Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut--3 credits
    ANTH F242--Native Cultures of Alaska--3 credits
    BIOL F104--Natural History of Alaska--3 credits
    GEOG F427--Cold Lands--3 credits
    HIST F483W--20th Century Circumpolar History--3 credits
    PS F263--Alaska Native Politics (3)
         or PS F462--Alaska Government and Politics--3 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--18 credits

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