Academic Overview

How we teach and learn

We teach and learn as a community. Programs and courses are developed with input from our students, and rooted in social and economic issues they face.

We teach and learn where we are.

Our programs

About College of Indigenous Studies Degree and Job Training Programs

UAF’s College of Indigenous Studies offers academic programs that build strong individuals and sustainable communities. 

Our students come from all over Alaska and the world — especially rural communities throughout the state. Many are adult learners with jobs and families. Some earn their associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees, while others take individual classes or pursue specific job training programs. They study everything from tribal management, to construction trades, to rural development, and much more.

Applied learning is built in to everything we do. From conducting original research and writing about your experiences, engaging in community services initiatives, to helping draft policy and legislation, there’s no limit to the kinds of hands-on learning you can engage in at CIS.

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Why choose UAF’s College of Indigenous Studies for your educational needs?

  • Take classes in your home community or through a variety of flexible online and distance education options.

  • Get practical, real-world training in programs specifically designed to meet the workforce development and educational needs of rural communities in Alaska.

  • Choose from a wide range of degree and job training programs that prepare you to take on leadership roles and advance in your career while supporting economic development in the state.

  • Tailor your education to meet specific career skills within tribal and local governments and other organizations in rural Alaska.

  • Learn from caring faculty and mentors who have expertise in supporting Native Alaskan communities, small business development, and community services in an Alaska context.

  • Access holistic advising and support services specifically designed to benefit rural and Alaska Native students.