Welcome to the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development (DANSRD). We offer several dynamic degree programs including a Bachelor's of Alaska Native Studies, a Bachelors of Rural Development, and a Master's of Rural Development.

All of our degree programs are distance delivered so students never have to leave home to achieve their educational goals.

If you are interested in further developing your leadership and management skills and/or in enhancing the quality of life in your community, we invite you to enroll in a class or apply for one of our degree programs.


Self-determined Indigenous and community development


Empowering Communities Through Our Students

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.

Talk to an RSS advisor
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Festival of Native Arts

The 2022 Festival of Native Arts was hosted virtually on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26th, 2022. For information about upcoming events or to get involved, visit the FNA website.

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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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

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.

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