Yup'ik Language and Culture

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Alaska Native Languages
907-543-4500 or 907-474-7874
Program available at Kuskokwim Campus only

B.A. Degree

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

The Yup'ik language and culture, or Yupiit Nakmiin Qaneryaraat Piciryaraat-llu, program strives to reinforce a Yup'ik identity that is centrally dependent on the language and culture, prepares the student for success in the world, and leads to acceptance at home. The program is based on the philosophy that a strong command of the Yup'ik language leads to a complete understanding of the Yup'ik way of life, the world around us, and our place in it.

Depending on interest, students in the program are encouraged to complete a minor in education or Alaska Native and rural development.

Major -- B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements.*
    a. Complete the following:
    ESK F130--Beginning Yup'ik Grammar--3 credits
    ESK F131--Beginning Yup'ik Grammar II--3 credits
    ESK F203--Conversational Central Yup'ik III--3 credits
    ESK F204--Conversational Central Yup'ik IV--3 credits
    ESK F205--Regaining Fluency in Yup'ik--3 credits
    ESK F206--Regaining Fluency in Yup'ik--3 credits
    ESK F208--Yup'ik Composition--3 credits
    ESK F240--Introduction to Reading Yup'ik--3 credits
    ESK F301-- Advanced Central Yup'ik Grammar--3 credits
    ESK F330W--Central Yup'ik Literature (Yupiit Quliraitnek Igaryaraq)--3 credits
    ESK F375O--Yup'ik Philosophy and Spirituality (Umyuarteqsaraq)--3 credits
    ESK F488W--Documenting Cultural and Oral Traditions (Caliarkaq)--3 credits
    b. Complete one of the following:
    ANS F401-- Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (3)
    ANS F461--Native Ways of Knowing--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.