Undergraduate Programs

Minor, Alaska Native Languages
Minor, Eskimo
Bachelor of Arts, Yup'ik Language and Culture
Bachelor of Arts, Yup'ik Eskimo
Bachelor of Arts, Inupiaq Eskimo
A.A.S. or Certificate in Yup'ik Language Proficiency
A.A.S. or Certificate in Native Language Education


Minor, Alaska Native Languages

Requirements

Minor, Eskimo

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Yup'ik Language and Culture

Requirements

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

Bachelor of Arts Yup'ik Eskimo

Requirements

Eskimo languages are spoken by far northern people from the northeastern tip of Siberia, across Alaska and Canada, to East Greenland. The Eskimo languages include the four Yupik languages of Alaska and Siberia as well as Inuit, the Alaska sector of which is called Inupiaq. In terms of population and numbers of speakers, Central Alaska Yup’ik is by far the largest Alaska Native language; Inupiaq is the second largest. Eskimo languages are the linguistic heritage of more than half of Alaska’s Native population.

Students who obtain a B.A. in Central Yup’ik or 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.

Students in linguistics or anthropology may want to complete a minor in Eskimo to add a distinctly Alaska emphasis to their education.

Bachelor of Arts Inupiaq Eskimo

Requirements

Eskimo languages are spoken by far northern people from the northeastern tip of Siberia, across Alaska and Canada, to East Greenland. The Eskimo languages include the four Yupik languages of Alaska and Siberia as well as Inuit, the Alaska sector of which is called Inupiaq. In terms of population and numbers of speakers, Central Alaska Yup’ik is by far the largest Alaska Native language; Inupiaq is the second largest. Eskimo languages are the linguistic heritage of more than half of Alaska’s Native population.

Students who obtain a B.A. in Central Yup’ik or 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.

Students in linguistics or anthropology may want to complete a minor in Eskimo to add a distinctly Alaska emphasis to their education.

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

A.A.S. Requirements

Certificate Requirements

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.

A.A.S. or Certificate in Native Language Education

A.A.S. Requirements

Certificate Requirements

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.