Welcome to DANSRD

 Our highly qualified team knows the needs of Alaska’s rural and Native communities and are ready to assist you in meeting your personal, professional and educational goals. 

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Our Programs

BA in Rural Development


  • Human and Social Development
  • Tribal and Municipal Governance
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Economic Development 
  • Multidisciplinary 

BA in Alaska Native Studies


  • Indigenous Peoples in Law, Governance, and Politics
  • Alaska Native Knowledge, Cultural Resources, and Expression
  • Alaska Native Peoples: Health, Wellness, and the Environment
  • Multidisciplinary

MA in Rural Development

Learning objectives:

  • Indigenous leadership development,
  • Organization management,
  • Community development,
  • Program and project planning,
  • Awareness of international Indigenous issues in a dynamic, cross-cultural environment.

Student Opportunities

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Rural Student Services

Serving rural and Alaska Native students from across Alaska, Rural Student Services (RSS) is here to help you make UAF your home away from home.

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Festival of Native Arts

The 2023 Festival of Native Arts will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, 2023. For information about upcoming events or to get involved, visit the FNA website.

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ANCSA Symposium

The UAF Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development (DANSRD) and Doyon, Ltd hosted a symposium on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) on April 12th and 13th, 2022.

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