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Alaska Native Languages & Studies

The UAS Alaska Native Languages program examines three primary components of modern and historical Alaska Native life: language, art, and society. The work in Alaska Native languages focuses on language revitalization through learning, documentation, and community activities. The focus in art is Northwest Coast formline design, carving, weaving, textiles, and modern applications of these and other concepts. Society looks at all the things that make up Alaska Native cultures and organizations, from historical migration patterns to contact with other cultures, and from land claim agreements to modern day tribes, ANCSA corporations, consortia, and civil rights organizations. Our program seeks to examine a wide variety of modern and historical material from diverse perspectives, and to give everyone a better understanding of what it means to live in Alaska today with a greater consciousness of history, current events, and diverse ideologies. For students of Alaska Native ancestry, this is a way to connect with the heritage language of their ancestors. For the non-Native learner, it is a way to connect to the land and people of Southeast Alaska.

The student of Alaska Native Languages & Studies has a wide variety of post-degree options, including graduate work in indigenous studies and the research and teaching opportunities that follow. Otherwise, the student is better prepared to work with and for Alaska Native communities and organizations, which are a substantial part of our state economy, government, and landscape.

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Bachelor degree programs are typically 120 credits (four years), and are designed to prepare students for employment or graduate school in their chosen field.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Courses in a degree program may be counted only once: that is, courses used as Major requirements cannot be used in other parts of the degree program. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Major courses or must be replaced by substitute courses of equal credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
Liberal Arts Major60
Electives/Minor25

The Liberal Arts Major combines Core and Emphasis courses. Of the 60 total credits required for the Major, 45 must be completed through UAS. Courses completed for the Liberal Arts Major must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Liberal Arts Core

HUMS200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUMS210Student Portfolio1
___S___Communications, Literature or Writing (upper-division elective)*3
___S___Philosophy (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics)**3
___S___Social Science, Math, or Natural Science (elective)3-4
___S___Cultural Diversity Courses***6-8

* COMM S3XX, COMM S4XX, ENGL S3XX, ENGL S4XX

** PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S206, PHIL S301

*** Cultural Diversity courses include: world languages, world history, Alaska Native languages, or BLA faculty advisor-approved courses in anthropology, art, communication, literature, and the humanities or social sciences, including transfer or study abroad courses, with an evident focus in cultural diversity.

Upon admission into the BLA program, students are required to enroll in Orientation to the Liberal Arts and Student Portfolio courses. These courses are designed to assist students in planning their program of study with the approval of their BLA faculty advisor. The portfolio is used for purposes of continuing self-assessment during the student’s BLA program. Students must complete the Orientation and Portfolio courses within the first three semesters after matriculation; those who do not will be dropped from the BLA program and must officially reapply for admission.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

In each BLA degree program, students pursue one of the following Emphasis options: Designated Emphasis, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Independent Design. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Emphasis courses or must be replaced by substitute disciplinary courses of equal credits.

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted the BLA, an Emphasis option must be formally declared by the student and approved by the BLA coordinator or the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. 24 minimum upper-division in credits required in the Emphasis program (18 minimum credits completed through UAS).
  3. Includes a Capstone Course: HUM S499 Humanities Capstone

Alaska Native Languages and Studies Designated Emphasis

Minimum Emphasis Credit Hours42
Designated Emphasis17
Electives25

Designated Emphasis Requirements

ANTHS200AK Native Cultures3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3

Select both

AKLS105Elementary Tlingit I4
AKLS106Elementary Tlingit II4

or both

AKLS107Elementary Haida I4
AKLS108Elementary Haida II4

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ANTHS475AK Native Social Change3
ARTS263NW Coast Native Art, History, & Culture3

Any Alaska Native Languages or Northwest Coast Art course, or any Alaska Native-Specific Humanities, Social Science, or Cross-disciplinary courses approved by the BLA Alaska Native Studies Faculty Advisor (these courses may be from different disciplines, but all must have Alaska Native themes or issues as an important component in their curriculum).

Electives

Select from the following (25 credits):*

AKLS106Elementary Tlingit II4
AKLS108Elementary Haida II4
AKLS205Intermediate Tlingit I4
AKLS206Intermediate Tlingit II4
AKLS207Intermediate Haida I4
AKLS208Intermediate Haida II4
AKLS241Native Oratory1
AKLS305Advanced Tlingit I3
AKLS306Advanced Tlingit II3
AKLS307Advanced Haida I3
AKLS308Advanced Haida II3
AKLS401AK Native Apprentice/Mentor1-3
AKLS410Heritage Language Teaching Methods and Materials3
AKLS451Intro to Tlingit Linguistics I3
AKLS452Intro to Tlingit Linguistics II3
ANTHS225Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives3
ANTHS335Native North Americans3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS435NW Coast Cultures3
ANTHS458Alaska Native Economic and Political Development3
ARTS180NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS181Beginning NW Coast Design1-3
ARTS183Harvest and Preparation of Basket Materials0.5
ARTS189NW Coast Tool Making2
ARTS280NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS281Intermediate NW Coast Design1-3
ARTS282Beginning NW Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS284NW Coast Basket Design1
ARTS285Beginning NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS286Beg NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ARTS380NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS381Advanced NW Coast Design1-3
ARTS382Intermediate NW Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS385Intermediate NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS386Intermediate NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ARTS480NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS482Advanced NW Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS485Advanced NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS486Advanced NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ENGLS365Literature of AK: Native and Non-Native Perspectives3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
GEOGS302Geography of AK: People, Places, Potential3
HISTS115Alaska, Land and People3
HISTS341History of Alaska3
* 15 credits must be upper division

Minor Programs

A minor is a student's secondary field of study.  Typically a minor is 15 credits and cannot be the same emphasis as the main bachelor's degree program.

Minor in Alaska Native Studies

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18

Students may only count a maximum of six credits in one topic area. Courses taken as foundations may not be counted as electives.

Select two from the following (6 credits total):

ANTHS200Alaska Native Cultures3
ANTHS225Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
ARTS263Northwest Coast Art History and Culture3

Select from the following (12 credits total)

Additional courses can be approved by the BLA Alaska Native Studies faculty advisor. These courses may be from other disciplines, but have Alaska Native themes or issues as a primary component of the class.

Language Skills

AKLS101Haida I1
AKLS102Haida II1
AKLS103Tlingit I1
AKLS104Tlingit II1
AKLS105Elementary Tlingit I4
AKLS106Elementary Tlingit II4
AKLS205Intermediate Tlingit I4
AKLS206Intermediate Tlingit II4
AKLS207Intermediate Haida II4
AKLS208Intermediate Haida II4
AKLS305Advanced Tlingit I3
AKLS306Advanced Tlingit II3
AKLS307Advanced Haida I3
AKLS308Advanced Haida II3

Humanities Skills

ARTS180/280/380/480Northwest Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS181/281/381Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Northwest Coast Design1-3
ARTS183Northwest Coast Harvesting and Preparation of Basketry Materials0.5
ARTS189Northwest Coast Tool Making2
ARTS263Northwest Coast Art History and Culture1-3
ARTS282/382/482Beginning/Intermediate Northwest Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS284Beginning Northwest Coast Basketry Design1
ARTS285/385/485Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Northwest Coast Carving1-3
ARTS286/386/486Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Northwest Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ENGLS365Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives3
GEOGS302Geography of Alaska: People, Places, Potential3
HISTS115Alaska, Land, and People3
HISTS341History of Alaska3

Social Science Skills

ANTHS200Alaska Native Cultures3
ANTHS225Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives3
ANTHS312Humanities and the Environment3
ANTHS335Native North Americans3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
SOCS346Alaskan Social Problems3

Minor in Tlingit Language

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours*18
At least six credits must be upper division Tlingit language courses as appropriate.
AKLS105Beginning Tlingit I4
AKLS106Beginning Tlingit II4
AKLS205Intermediate Tlingit I4
AKLS305Advanced Tlingit I3

Select from the following (3 credits minimum):

AKLS206Intermediate Tlingit II4
AKLS241AK Native Oratory1
AKLS306Advanced Tlingit II3
AKLS401Alaska Language Apprenticeship/Mentorship1-3
AKLS410Heritage Language Teaching Methods and Materials3
AKLS451Intro to Tlingit Linguistics3
AKLS452Intro to Tlingit Linguistics3

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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AKL Classes: Summer - 2016


 
 

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