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Lisbet Norris, 2011 Northern Studies graduate, hit the trail in Fairbanks on Monday morning to compete in this year's 1000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This will be the second time Lisbet and her team of Siberian Huskies will make their way to Nome.  GOOD LUCK LISBET!!!

Arctic in the News

White House focuses on the Arctic -- President Obama establishes Arctic
Executive Steering Committee

Executive Order Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic -- January 21, 2015



Welcome to the Arctic and Northern Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Arctic and Northern Studies offers a BA and an MA that allow students to learn about the circumpolar north, or regions within it, from multiple disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, art, biology and wildlife management, economics, geography, history, journalism, literature, political science.  

Arctic and Northern Studies students benefit from the northern expertise and research experience of our faculty and from the comprehensive holdings of the Alaska and Polar Regions holdings of the Rasmuson Library. Faculty associated with the program have extensive northern expertise, and students have opportunities to work closely with these faculty as they conduct their research and in classes with low teacher/student ratios. For profiles of faculty who teach Northern Studies courses, follow the link to Associated Faculty.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and have diverse interests. The students themselves are a strong asset of the program! They tend to be preparing themselves for careers in the north and want to learn about the distinctive conditions and forces that shape our experiences.   Follow the link to About our Students for profiles on a number of our recent MA graduates.   For a partial list of MA thesis and project topics, follow the link to Student Theses and Projects.

For information about BA requirements, follow this link:   http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/programs/north_studies.html      

For information about the MA program and requirements, follow the link to MA in Northern Studies.

For inquiries about the program, follow the link to Contact Us.

Northern Studies Alumni Achievement

Senior Curator, AK History Gallery, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth, Ph.D.

Katie Ringsmuth's latest book: Tunnel Vision: The Life of a Copper Prosector in the Nizina River Country about pioneer miners Martin and Augusta Radovan , will be published by the National Parks Service in early 2012.

Ph.D. Student in History University of Washington

Ross Coen, MA

Ross Coen's forthcoming book, "Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan Through the Northwest Passage,"  will be published spring 2012 by the University of Alaska Press.  Ross currently serves as president of the Alaska Historical Society.

National Park Service Historian

Chris Allan, Ph.D.

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