Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies

CXCS offers one doctorate degree program:

Why choose Indigenous Studies? A graduate program in cross-cultural/Indigenous Studies may be for you if you are interested in issues associated with Indigenous Knowledge Systems, cultural interchange and cross-cultural education. Students wll participate in research and development activities across a variety of academic disciplines and applied fields at UAF.

Candidates are encouraged to engage in comparative studies with other Indigenous peoples around the world and to focus their dissertation research on issues of relevance to Alaska and the Arctic.

Degree Requirements

General University Requirements. Complete the general university requirements. Ph.D. Degree Requirements. Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements. Complete required and elective courses. ANL/CCS/ED/RD F608 Indigenous Knowledge Systems 3 ANL/CCS/ED/RD F690 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies 3 Core Courses  

Select two from the following: 6

ANL F601
Seminar in Language Revitalization

Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Thought and Action  


Economic Anthropology  


Global to Local Sustainability  


Integrated Assessment and Adaptive Management  


Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues  

CCS F602

Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights (3 credits)


Education and Cultural Processes (3 credits)


Culture, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition (3 credits)

CCS F612

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (3 credits) 


Cultural Aspects of Language Acquisition  

ED F616

Education and Socioeconomic Change  

ED F620

Language, Literacy and Learning  

ED F660

Educational Administration in Cultural Perspective  

RD F600

Circumpolar Indigenous Leadership Symposium  

RD F601

Political Economy of the Circumpolar North  

RD F651

Management Strategies for Rural Development  

RD F652

Indigenous Organization Management   Research Courses   Select two from the following: 6


Analytical Techniques  


Methods in Ethnohistorical Research  

CCS F604

Documenting Indigenous Knowledge (3 credits)


Field Study Research Methods (3 credits) 

RD F650

Community-Based Research Methods  

Select four specialty elective courses 12 Doctoral Dissertation  

ANL/CCS/ED/RD F699 Thesis 18 Total Credits 48

Completion of 18 distance credits will constitute residency.

Note: Recommended additional academic experience: Students are encouraged to enroll in a minimum of one semester of course work at a partner institution with program offerings related to their area of specialization. Students are encouraged to make at least one formal academic presentation at a statewide, national or international meeting, as well as a community-level presentation in Alaska. Students are encouraged to study a language other than English, as appropriate for the thematic area in which they are enrolled.

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