Discovering Alaska's People

Discovering Alaska's People

The University of Alaska Anchorage has over 2,000 Alaska Native/Native American students at our main and community campuses. Alaska Native students come from all regions of Alaska where they have the opportunity to learn and obtain certificate degrees all the way through PhD's.

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The Alaska Native Studies Program (AKNS) provides an introduction to Alaska Native and Indigenous ways of knowing and seeing the world. The program emphasizes Alaska Native languages, cultures, politics, art, and provides an in-depth perspective on traditional and contemporary Native society. Students may select one of two areas to complete the requirements for the minor; a policy focus or a language focus. Both of these areas emphasize the dynamic nature of Alaska Native peoples and cultures. The Alaska Native Studies minor provides valuable enrichment to any UAA baccalaureate degree. The variety of all courses provides a meaningful understanding for all students.


Bridge to Success

A tool for incoming students to learn about the different programs and resources available on campus. View the interactive Bridge to Success program

Student Research

WorlUndergraduate student research provides new insight and perspectives for the future of Alaska Native people. 

Learn more about AKNS Student Research



The Alaska Native Studies department hosts many different events through out the year.  See what events are happening!



For academic advising about the Minor in Alaska Native Studies, please contact:
Erin Day
(907) 786-1357
ADM 101R


Course Descriptions Additional ResourcesVolume 3 Number 1




Alaska Native Studies and the Office of the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Alaska Natives & Diversity at UAA have created a survey to assess how well UAA is serving our Alaska Native students – past, present and future, and how we can improve and implement new approaches. Please follow the QR Code to participate:

survey link


Alaska Native Studies
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, SSB 378
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Telephone: (907) 786-6135
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