About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to increase cultural awareness and strengthen leadership capacity for rural and Indigenous communities in Alaska and the Circumpolar North through degree programs that promote academic excellence, personal development, professional skills, global awareness and respect for Indigenous cultures and commitment to community.




Degrees Offered

The Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development (DANSRD) offers Bachelors of Arts (BA) degrees with majors in:

  • Alaska Native Studies
  • Rural Development

The BA in Alaska Native Studies has concentrations in:

  • Alaska Native Education
  • Alaska Native Forms of Cultural Expression
  • Alaska Native Language (not available at all campus locations)
  • Alaska Native Law, Government and Politics

The BA in Rural Development has concentrations in:

  • Rural Community Business and Economic Development
  • Community Research and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Natural Resource Development
  • Community Health and Welfare
  • Indigenous Organizational Management

Graduate degrees include:

  • Masters of Arts (MA) in Rural Development


The Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development is located in two locations, on the UAF campus and an office in Anchorage.

UAF campus location is in 315 Brooks Building, next to the Rasmuson Library. The physical address is 305 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks AK 99775.

The Anchorage office is located at, 2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 200 Anchorage, AK 99508.

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