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Alaska Native Studies

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Alaska Native Studies
(907) 474-7181

Degree: B.A.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 Credits

The Alaska Native studies program seeks to provide the student with a keen awareness of the scope, richness and variety of Alaska Native cultural heritages, and a series of critical perspectives on the contemporary Native experience in the plural society of North America. The student's academic program will be interdisciplinary as it is built upon a combination of appropriate courses currently offered in other specialized disciplines and of an integrated set of core courses offered by the Alaska Native studies program.

The Alaska Native studies program is designed to offer a second major or a minor for many bachelor's degree candidates. It seeks students from many fields of specialization who anticipate either direct or indirect professional involvement in Alaskan Native communities specifically and in multicultural settings generally.

Undergraduate Program


Alaska Native Studies -- B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete 4 of the following:
      ANL 315 -- Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut (3 credits)
      ANL 316 -- Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages (3 credits)
      ANTH 242 -- Native Cultures of Alaska (3 credits)
      HIST 110 -- History of Alaska Natives (3 credits)
      PS 263 -- Alaska Native Politics (3 credits)
    2. Complete the following:
      ANS 310 -- The Alaska Native Lands Settlement (3 credits)
      ANS 320W -- Language and Culture: Applications of Alaska (3 credits)
      ANS/ENGL 340 -- Contemporary Native American Literature (3)
           or ANS/ENGL 349 -- Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (in English Translation) (3) (3 credits)
      ANS 401 -- Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (3 credits)
      ANS/PS 425 -- Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives (3)
           or ANS/PS 450 -- Comparative Aboriginal Rights and Policies (3) (3 credits)
    3. Complete 9 credits from the following:
      ANS 160 -- Alaska Native Dance (1 credit)
      ANS/THR 161 -- Introduction to Alaska Native Performance (3 credits)
      ANS 220 -- Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits)
      ANS 250 -- Current Alaska Native Leadership Perspectives (3 credits)
      ANS 251 -- Practicum in Native Cultural Expression (1-3 credits)
      ANS 300W -- Alaska Native Writers Workshop (3 credits)
      ANS/RD 315 -- Tribal People and Development (3 credits)
      ANS/PS 325 -- Native Self Government (3 credits)
      ANS 351 -- Practicum in Native Cultural Expression (1-3 credits)
      ANS 360 -- Advanced Native Dance (1 credit)
      ANS 361 -- Advanced Alaska Native Performance (3 credits)
      ANS/ART 365 -- Native Art of Alaska (3 credits)
      ANS 375 -- Native American Religion and Philosophy (3 credits)
      ANS/ED 420 -- Alaska Native Education (3 credits)
      ANS 475 -- Alaska Native Social Change (3 credits)
      MUS 223 -- Native Alaskan Music (3 credits)
      SOC 408 -- American Minority Groups (3 credits)
  4. Minimum credits required (130 credits)

* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.


  1. Complete the following:
    ANS 300- or 400-level course (3 credits)
    ANS 401 -- Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (3 credits)
    Alaska Native Studies electives (9 credits)
  2. Minimum credits required (15 credits)

* All minor programs must be approved by the department head of Alaska Native Studies.

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