Northern Studies Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Northern Studies Program
613B Gruening Building

Phone: +1 907 474 7126
FAX: +1 907 474 5817

Requirements                            Warming in Alaska                                   NORS 201


NORS MA student Troy Bouffard, who graduated with a BA in Political Science in December 2013 and entered the NORS MA Program in January 2014, concentrating in Arctic Policy has won the Joel Wiegert Award for UAF's Outstanding Male Graduate.

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NORS student Lex Treinen won the 26K Tour of Anchorage ski race.  He is pictured here with his father and with NORS student Emily Russell


Welcome to the Northern Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Northern Studies offers a BA and an MA that allow students to learn about the circumpolar north, or regions within it, from multiple disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, art, biology and wildlife management, economics, geography, history, journalism, literature, political science.  

Northern Studies students benefit from the northern expertise and research experience of our faculty and from the comprehensive holdings of the Alaska and Polar Regions holdings of the Rasmuson Library. Faculty associated with the program have extensive northern expertise, and students have opportunities to work closely with these faculty as they conduct their research and in classes with low teacher/student ratios. For profiles of faculty who teach Northern Studies courses, follow the link to Associated Faculty.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and have diverse interests. The students themselves are a strong asset of the program! They tend to be preparing themselves for careers in the north and want to learn about the distinctive conditions and forces that shape our experiences.   Follow the link to About our Students for profiles on a number of our recent MA graduates.   For a partial list of MA thesis and project topics, follow the link to Student Theses and Projects.

For information about BA requirements, follow this link:      

For information about the MA program and requirements, follow the link to MA in Northern Studies.

For inquiries about the program, follow the link to Contact Us.

Northern Studies Alumni Achievement

Senior Curator, AK History Gallery, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth, Ph.D.

Katie Ringsmuth's latest book: Tunnel Vision: The Life of a Copper Prosector in the Nizina River Country about pioneer miners Martin and Augusta Radovan , will be published by the National Parks Service in early 2012.

Ph.D. Student in History University of Washington

Ross Coen, MA

Ross Coen's forthcoming book, "Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan Through the Northwest Passage,"  will be published spring 2012 by the University of Alaska Press.  Ross currently serves as president of the Alaska Historical Society.

National Park Service Historian

Chris Allan, Ph.D.