Cross-Cultural Studies

College of Liberal Arts
Center for Cross-Cultural Studies

MA Degree

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 36 credits

The cross-cultural studies MA 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.

MA 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 F600 level.
  6. Satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.
  7. Complete the following core courses:
    CCS F601--Documenting Indigenous Knowledge--3 credits
    CCS F608--Indigenous Knowledge Systems--3 credits
    CCS F612--Traditional Ecological Knowledge--3 credits
    CCS/ED F690--Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies--3 credits
  8. Complete at least one of the following cross-cultural studies specialization courses:
    ANS/ED F461--Native Ways of Knowing--3 credits
    CCS/ED F610--Education and Cultural Processes--3 credits
    RD F425--Cultural Impact Analysis--3 credits
  9. Complete a minimum of 15 credits of approved electives to provide specialization depth. Examples of approved electives:
    ANS F475--Alaska Native Social Change--3 credits
    CCS F602--Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights--3 credits
    CCS/ED F603--Field Study Research Methods--3 credits
    CCS/ED F611--Cultural, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition--3 credits
    CCS/ED F613--Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools--3 credits
  10. Complete CCS F698--Non-thesis Research/Project--6 credits
  11. Minimum credits required--36 credits