Discovering Alaska's People

The Alaska Native Studies Program 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, providing valuable enrichment to any UAA baccalaureate degree.

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AKNS Student standing in front of a harbor

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, and the variety of courses provides a meaningful understanding for native and non-native students alike.

Current Courses



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Many students find a passion for Alaska Native Studies and delve into interesting research topics, ranging from the perspectives on kinship, philosophy, symbolism, and storytelling to examining the psychological and cultural perspectives of human development and well-being of indigenous peoples.

Student Success



Traditional Yup'ik housing at the Alaska Native Heritage Center

UAA and its community campuses, Mat-Su, Kenai, Kodiak and Prince William Sound are located on the traditional homelands of the Dena'ina and Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, and Eyak peoples. A rapidly increasing number of culturally diverse peoples from all over the world also call Anchorage home. To better reflect this diversity and better serve our communities, the UAA Alaska Native Studies Program invites applications for a Multi-Cultural Post-Doctoral Fellow to begin August, 2018. This is a 9 month appointment (August to May) with a 3 month contract extension during the summer that may be renewed for up to an additional two years. 

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Dr. Maria Williams, Alaska Native Studies faculty, and Dr. Agatha John-Shields, School of Education, worked with a small cohort of Alaska Native undergraduate students to design a series of online modules with videos, resources, and games for incoming students to learn about the different programs and resources available on campus.

Interactive Bridge to Success Program

Academic Advising

You are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor, as well as any other faculty members concerning your course of study at UAA.

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

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Contact Us


Please feel free to contact us here at Alaska Native Studies for any questions that you may have, either in person in Room 378 of the Social Sciences Building or over the phone at (907) 786-6135

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