Programs

The Alaska Native Language Center offers academic programs ranging from certificates to bachelors degrees. Our programs promote language revitalization, community connections, and intergenerational learning.

Students who pursure their education through the ANLC may be employed as Native language instructors or language specialists for school districts or Native organizations, become language advocates in their communities, or pass down their langauge knowledge to future generations.  

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Alaska Native Language Center

Alaska Native Language Center

ANLC

 


Certificate Programs

 

Certificate in Native Language Education

The Native language education program trains teachers of Native language and culture, providing course work in Athabascan, Inupiaq Eskimo or Central Yup’ik Eskimo. The certificate and degree are recognized by some Alaska school districts and serve as steps toward a four-year degree.

Candidates for the Central Yup’ik option must score advanced oral proficiency on an oral proficiency exam before being admitted into the program.

 

Certificate in Yup'ik Language Proficiency

The Yup’ik language proficiency program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue structured study of Yup’ik in order to develop intermediate-level speaking and listening skills, as well as basic reading and writing abilities in the language.

The certificate may serve as a step on the way to a two-year or four-year degree.

 

 


Associates Degrees

 

A.A.S. in Native Language Education

The Native language education program trains teachers of Native language and culture, providing course work in Athabascan, Inupiaq Eskimo or Central Yup’ik Eskimo. The certificate and degree are recognized by some Alaska school districts and serve as steps toward a four-year degree.

Candidates for the Central Yup’ik option must score advanced oral proficiency on an oral proficiency exam before being admitted into the program.

 

A.A.S. in Yup'ik Language Proficiency

The Yup’ik language proficiency program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a structured study of Yup’ik in order to develop intermediate-level speaking and listening skills, as well as basic reading and writing abilities in the language. 


Minors

 

Minor in Alaska Native Languages

Minimum Requirements for Alaska Native Languages Minor: 15 credits

 

Minor in Eskimo

Minimum Requirements for Eskimo Minor: 15 credits

 


Bachelors Degrees

 

B.A. Yup'ik Language and Culture

Program available at Kuskokwim Campus only

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. 

 

B.A. Yup'ik Eskimo

Students who obtain a B.A. in Central Yup’ik Eskimo may be employed as Native language instructors or language specialists for school districts or Native organizations. No other university in the United States offers a B.A. in Eskimo.

 

B.A. Inupiaq Eskimo

Students who obtain a B.A. in Inupiaq Eskimo may be employed as Native language instructors or language specialists for school districts or Native organizations. No other university in the United States offers a B.A. in Eskimo.


 

Graduate Programs

The Alaska Native Language Center does not have a graduate program.  However, many of the undergraduates have gone on to the following graduate programs offered by other departments.