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Arctic and Northern Studies students, along with other University of Alaska students and faculty, on a trip to Toolik Field Station.

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


Erin Shew

Congratulations Erin Shew on being awarded the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship!  Click the link below to read more... http://news.uaf.edu/uaf-student-selected-marine-policy-fellowship-d-c/ 

Matt Robinson

Congratulations to Matt Robinson who is completing a double MA concentration in Northern History and Environmental Policy.  Matt was awarded a position as an Alaska Sea Grant Fellow with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. It is a one year position that will begin this summer. Matt is writing his thesis on the history of salmon management in Alaska.


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

Northern Region
Cultural Resource

Amy Russell-Jamgochian, M.A.

Amy Russell-Jamgochian has served as Project director at the Beringia Center of Culture and Science in Nome, Alaska.   In the NORS MA program Amy's research focused on the uniquely swift changes of the early 20th Century that shaped the Seward Peninsula as we now know it.  Her thesis title is: "A Storm Like No Other: Changes that shaped Seward Peninsula communities at the turn of the 20th century." Following her 2009 graduation, Amy served as the Northern Region’s Cultural Resource Specialist at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Program Coordinator for Alaska DEC

Fatima Ochantes, MA

Fatima is Program Coordinator at the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation for a multi-agency research and development project called the Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge. The goal of this project is to develop innovative, cost-effective, decentralized water and sewer systems for individual homes in remote Alaska villages. Fatima earned an MA in NORS with a concentration in Environmental Policy in 2013. Her thesis, which addressed access to safe water in rural Alaska, is titled: "Understanding Institutional and Social Factors Relating to the Provisioning of Water and Sanitation Services in Rural Alaska: Perspectives on community self-reliance from nine Native villages of interior Alaska." After graduation, Fatima worked as a research assistant for the U.S. Arctic Research Commission preparing reports such as the Alaskan Water and Sanitation Retrospective (1970-2005) on technologies used in rural Alaska.

International Student Program Coordinator

Reija Shnoro, M.A.

Reija Shnoro is the new International Student Program Coordinator for UAF. In the NORS MA program Reija, who is from Finland, wrote her thesis on "The Kyoto Protocol and the Arctic Region: A case Study of Finland and Canada." Following her 2006 graduation, Reija worked as Project Manager at the Arctic Consortium for the US (ARCUS) in Fairbanks for eight years, focusing mainly on the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) program.

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