Minor in Alaska Native Studies

Beach of northernmost community in the United States, Utqiagvik

Students interested in the Alaska Native Studies Minor are encouraged to make an appointment with Paul Ongtooguk, Director of AKNS, to discuss their course of study and to fill out a Declaration of the Alaska Native Studies Minor form.

Enroll into the Alaska Native Studies Minor

Students may select from one of two areas to complete the requirements for the minor: a policy focus or language focus.

Both of these areas emphasize the dynamic nature of Alaska Native cultures and the conflict between traditional Native values and those of the dominant Euro-American society. The Alaska Native Studies Minor provides a valuable enrichment to any UAA baccalaureate degree. 

**A minimum of 19 credits is required for the minor, of which 6 credits must be upper division.**

Core Courses
AKNS A201Alaska Native Perspectives3
AKNS A492Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders3
Complete 7 to 9 credits in one of the following focus areas:7-9
Policy Focus
AKNS A290
Topics in Alaska Native Studies
AKNS/PS A346
Alaska Native Politics
AKNS/PS A313
Tribes, Nations and Peoples
AKNS A432
Indigenous Well-Being and Education
AKNS/ANTH A461
Decolonizing Methodologies
AKNS A490
Advanced Topics in Alaska Native Studies
Language Focus
AKNS A101A
Elementary Central Yup'ik Language I
or AKNS A101B
Elementary Tlingit Language I
or AKNS A101C
Elementary Alaska Native Language I
or AKNS A101D
Elementary Inupiaq Language I
or AKNS A101E
Elementary Alutiiq Language I
or AKNS A101F
Elementary Dena'ina Language I
or AKNS A101H
Elementary Ahtna Language I
AKNS A102A
Elementary Central Yup'ik Language II
or AKNS A102B
Elementary Tlingit Language II
or AKNS A102C
Elementary Alaska Native Language II
or AKNS A102D
Elementary Inupiaq Language II
or AKNS A102E
Elementary Alutiiq Language II
or AKNS A102F
Elementary Dena'ina Language II
or AKNS A102H
Elementary Ahtna Language II
Complete 6 credits from the following in addition to focus area courses above:6
AKNS A101A
Elementary Central Yup'ik Language I
AKNS A101B
Elementary Tlingit Language I
AKNS A101C
Elementary Alaska Native Language I
AKNS A101D
Elementary Inupiaq Language I
AKNS A101E
Elementary Alutiiq Language I
AKNS A101F
Elementary Dena'ina Language I
AKNS A101H
Elementary Ahtna Language I
AKNS A102A
Elementary Central Yup'ik Language II
AKNS A102B
Elementary Tlingit Language II
AKNS A102C
Elementary Alaska Native Language II
AKNS A102D
Elementary Inupiaq Language II
AKNS A102E
Elementary Alutiiq Language II
AKNS A102F
Elementary Dena'ina Language II
AKNS A102H
Elementary Ahtna Language II
AKNS A109A
Central Yup'ik Orthography
AKNS A109B
Tlingit Orthography
AKNS A109C
Alaska Native Language Orthography
AKNS A109D
Alutiiq Orthography
AKNS A181
Community Project Planning
AKNS A182
Grant Writing for Alaska Native Communities
AKNS A184
Indigenous Leadership and Civic Engagement
AKNS A185
Event Planning and Meeting Facilitation
AKNS A190
Selected Topics: Alaska Native Cultural Skills
AKNS/MUS A215
Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions
AKNS/MUS A216
World Indigenous Music
AKNS/MUS A218A
Alaska Native Drummaking Techniques: Athabascan and Southeast Style
AKNS/MUS A218B
Alaska Native Drummaking Techniques: Inupiaq and Yup'ik Style
AKNS A230
Oral Traditions of Alaska Native People
AKNS A240
Alaska Native Cultural Orientation - Alutiiq/Sugpiaq
AKNS A261
Alaska Native Art History
AKNS A290
Topics in Alaska Native Studies
AKNS A292A
Alaska Native Language Apprenticeship
AKNS A292B
Alaska Native Language Conversational Fluency Intensive
AKNS/PS A313
Tribes, Nations and Peoples
AKNS/PS A346
Alaska Native Politics
AKNS/MUS A356
Yup'ik Music and Dance Ensemble
AKNS/MUS A357
Inupiaq Music and Dance Ensemble
AKNS A432
Indigenous Well-Being and Education
AKNS A482
Indigenous Knowledge(s) and the Sciences in Global Contexts
AKNS A490
Advanced Topics in Alaska Native Studies
AKNS A495
Alaska Native Studies Internship
ANTH A200
Alaska Native Cultures
ENGL A245
Alaska Native Literatures
HIST A341
History of Alaska
JUST A355
Rural Justice
Total19-21

A minimum of 19 credits is required for the minor, of which 6 credits must be upper-division.