Undergraduate Programs

The Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development programs enable you to earn your B.A. degree in either Alaska Native Studies (ANS) and/or Rural Development (RD) while remaining at home.

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.

Contact us

Deanna Fitzgerald

Deanna Fitzgerald

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development

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

Who we serve

Our programs are designed to educate a new generation of leaders for Alaska. The degrees are designed 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.

What you learn

As a student, you will gain a broad understanding of Alaska's cultural heritage, learn about Alaska's relationships to the global economy, and gain 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.

How we teach

You will complete your degree through conventional coursework and flexible learning opportunities, including:

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