Alaska Native Studies

  • Discovering Alaska's People

    Alaska Native Studies provides an in-depth perspective on contemporary Alaska Native societies, languages, cultures, history, politics, art, tribal governments, and our for-profit as well as our non-profit corporations.

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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.

Minor in Alaska Native Studies

AKNS Student

The Associate of Arts (AA) in Alaska Native Studies provides students with a critical and dynamic perspective on Alaska Native cultures, histories, politics and organizations. This AA provides a valuable opportunity for students interested in exploring their options in higher education and/or employment with an Alaska Native organization.

Associate of Arts

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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

Second Friday Alaska Native Language Workers Virtual Zoom Lunch

Fridays: February 10th, March 10th and April 14th

12:00PM – 1:00PM (via Zoom)

Let’s meet together to learn from one another and to share what we are doing in our language homes.

We will send you the Zoom Link. Email us: Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, Chair of Alaska Native Studies, University of Alaska Anchorage at or Polly Hyslop, Research Professor at Alaska Pacific University at



Please participate in one of the two scheduled meetings with AKNS Faculty, students and our advisor.

Monday April 10th from 12-1 p.m. via zoom

Friday April 14th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in SSB Room 119

Snacks will be provided

INFORMATION AND UPDATES:  The AKNS faculty want to have the opportunity to meet you, hear your thoughts and ideas on the program, and also support your progress towards graduation.  If you need the zoom link, please email:

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Alaska Native Studies Occupational Endorsement Certificates

There are two Occupational Endorsement Certificates (OEC) in Alaska Native Languages offered at UAA: Ahtna Language and Dena’ina Language.

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.

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Associated Programs

KPC Alaska Native Studies

KOC OEC in Alutiiq Language

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us at the Alaska Native Studies office, located in the Social Sciences Building (RM 378) or by phone at (907) 786-6135.

Alaska Native Studies Faculty Directory

Course Descriptions

AKNS Degrees (UAA Course Catalog)