Minor in Alaska Native Studies

Students may select one of two areas to complete the requirements for the minor: 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.**

Students interested in the Alaska Native Studies Minor are encouraged to make an appointment with the Director of AKNS to discuss their course of study and to fill out a declaration of Alaska Native Studies Minor Form. Click on Declaration of a Minor to access the form online.

For additional information contact Alaska Native Studies at (907) 786-6135. Please visit us at SSB Room 378!

Click here to enroll in an Alaska Native Studies Minor

Complete the following core courses: (6 credits)

  • AKNS 201 Alaska Native Perspectives
  • AKNS 492 Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders

Complete one of the following Focus Areas:

Policy Focus (7-9 credits)

  • AKNS 290 or 490 Selected Topics in AKNS 
  • AKNS/PS 346 Alaska Native Politics
  • AKNS/PS 411 Tribes, Nations, and Peoples

Language Focus (8 credits)

  • AKNS 101 Alaska Native Languages I
  • AKNS 102 Alaska Native Languages II

Complete a minimum of 6 credits from the following:

* Must be other courses than those taken from the above focus areas

  • AKNS 101 Alaska Native Languages I
  • AKNS 102 Alaska Native Languages II
  • AKNS 109 Alaska Native Language Orthography
  • AKNS/DNCE 146 Intro to Alaska Native Dance
  • AKNS/MUS 215 Music of Alaska Natives
  • AKNS/MUS 216 World Indigenous Music
  • AKNS 290 Selected Topics in AKNS
  • AKNS/PS 346 Alaska Native Politics
  • AKNS/PS 411 Tribes, Nations, and Peoples
  • AKNS 490 Advanced Topics in AKNS
  • AKNS 495 Internship in AKNS
  • ANTH 200 Natives of Alaska
  • ANTH 427 Ethno-History of Alaska Natives
  • ANTH 435 Northwest Coast Cultures
  • ANTH 436 Aleut Adaptations
  • ENGL 444 Topics in Native Literature
  • ENGL 445 Alaska Native Literatures
  • HIST 341 History of Alaska
  • JUST 355 Rural Justice