Requirements

B.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 credits

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.

Major — B.A. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements.

2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.

3. Complete the following:*

ANL F256—Alaska Native Languages: History, Status and Maintenance (3)
or ANL F315—Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo Aleut (3)
or ANL F315—Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages (3) -- 3 credits

ANTH F242—Native Cultures of Alaska --3 credits

BIOL F104X—Natural History of Alaska** -- 4credits

ART F425W—Visual Images of the North (3)
or ENGL F349—Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (3)
or ENGL F350—Literature of Alaska and the Yukon Territory (3) -- 3credits

GEOG F427—Polar Geography -- 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 two of the following groups:***

a. 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 -- 3 credits
ANTH F383—Athabascan Peoples of Alaska and Adjacent Canada -- 3 credits
ANTH F472—Culture and History of the North Atlantic -- 3 credits

b. 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

c. 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

d. 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

e. 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

* Students must earn a C grade (2.0) or better in each course.
** Students may take this course as one of the two required lab science courses
within the university’s general requirements.
*** Students are encouraged to use the major in conjunction with a disciplinebased
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 in Northern Studies

1. Complete the following:

ANL F256—Introduction to Alaska Native Languages (3)
or ANL F315—Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo Aleut (3)
or ANL F316—Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages (3) -- 3 credits

ANTH F242—Native Cultures of Alaska -- 3 credits

ART F425W—Visual Images of the North (3)
or ENGL F349—Narrative Art of Alaska Native Peoples (3)
or ENGL F350—Literature of Alaska and the Yukon Territory (3) -- 3 credits

BIOL F104X—Natural History of Alaska* -- 4 credits

GEOG F427—Polar Geography -- 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
* Students may take this course as one of the two required lab science courses
within the university’s general requirements.

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