DANSRD has two undergraduate programs in:

UAF's Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development Applied Field-Based Program enables you to earn your B.A. degree in either Alaska Native Studies (ANS) and/or Rural Development (RD) while remaining at home. These degree programs are designed to educate a new generation of leaders for Alaska. Students in the program gain a broad understanding of Alaska's cultural heritage, relationships to the global economy and an appreciation for sustainable development strategies. Students also learn specific tools essential for community leadership, including business plan and grant proposal writing, community visioning and planning processes, computer business applications, and project management and evaluation techniques. Graduates typically take positions with tribal and municipal governments, fisheries, tourism, and other private businesses. Native corporations, regional health corporations or non-profits, and state/federal agencies.

In both the Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development programs, you develop a concentration in an area specific to either ANS or RD. The programs are designed especially for mature and nontraditional students in rural Alaska communities. Many are returning to higher education after many years away from study. Most students are already employed, and many are active community leaders. Nearly all have family and other obligations that make it difficult to complete a degree in a traditional campus setting.

As either an Alaska Native Studies or Rural Development student, you'll work with a faculty advisor in developing a plan of study for your B.A. degree. You'll be encouraged to use your workplace and community as part of your "campus." You'll complete your degree not only through conventional coursework but also through flexible and innovative learning opportunities, including:

  • Seminars
  • Internships
  • Mentorships
  • On-the-job training
  • Credit for prior learning
  • Individualized courses

You'll also have the option of moving seamlessly between the Applied Field-Based Program and the Fairbanks campus-based programs if you choose to do so.

As regular UAF degrees, the B.A. programs in ANS/RD is governed by the academic policies and procedures found in the current UAF catalog.

If you have any further questions, please consult the catalog.

Rural Development Applied Concentration

In addition to this 27-credit core of RD courses, you'll choose one of five applied RD concentrations and take 5 applied RD concentrations and take 21 credits from an array of approved courses or other courses as approved by your advisor. The five concentrations are:

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

Working with your advisor, you'll decide which concentration is of interest and select courses that will fulfill your educational and vocational goals. The final list of concentration electives is approved by your advisor and by the RD academic program head. The department sends a confirmation of completion of these courses to the Graduation Office as you near graduation.