2007-2008 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs

Cross-Cultural Studies

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Alaska Native Studies
(907) 474-1902

M.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 36 Credits

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The cross-cultural studies M.A. degree program emphasizes indigenous knowledge systems. The program is designed to provide graduate students from various fields of interest an opportunity to pursue in-depth study of the role and contributions of indigenous knowledge in the contemporary world. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with indigenous people in their studies.

Graduate Program--M.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  3. Complete at least 6 credits in a field setting, including minimum of one week camp with elders.
  4. Complete at least 36 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree level. (Students may transfer a maximum of 9 hours from another university into their program.)
  5. Complete at least 30 of the 36 semester hours at the 600-level.
  6. Satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.
  7. Complete the following core courses:
    CCS 601--Documenting Indigenous Knowledge--3 credits
    CCS 608--Indigenous Knowledge Systems--3 credits
    CCS 612--Traditional Ecological Knowledge--3 credits
    CCS/ED 690--Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies--3 credits
  8. Complete at least one of the following cross-cultural studies specialization courses:
    ANS/ED 461--Native Ways of Knowing--3 credits
    CCS/ED 610--Education and Cultural Processes--3 credits
    RD 425--Cultural Impact Analysis--3 credits
  9. Complete a minimum of 15 credits of approved electives to provide specialization depth. Example of approved electives include the following:
    ANS 475--Alaska Native Social Change--3 credits
    CCS 602--Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights--3 credits
    CCS/ED 603--Field Study Research Methods--3 credits
    CCS/ED 611--Cultural, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition--3 credits
    CCS/ED 613--Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools--3 credits
  10. Complete CCS 698--Field Study/Elder Apprenticeship--6 credits
  11. Minimum credits required--36 credits