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Enhancing the Baccalaureate Experience

Recommendation

Create a single, interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree program in the School of Arts and Sciences. 

Benefits

A single, interdisciplinary B.A. degree program would:

  • Establish a distinctive baccalaureate identity for UAS within the UA system.
  • Facilitate a truly interdisciplinary (methodologically & theoretically) and transdisciplinary (holistic) curriculum.
  • Provide yet another opportunity to integrate decolonization and indigenous knowledge into our academic programs. 
  • Increase clarity about how an interdisciplinary course of study works.
  • Strengthen innovative approaches to social issues and community engagement.
  • Provide more opportunities for students to draw directly upon faculty academic and research expertise.
  • Provide more flexibility for students to craft a program of study.
  • Provide a clear pathway to high impact learning.
  • Better incorporate experiential learning and fieldwork opportunities into a student’s degree program.

Committee Members

Robin Walz, Ph.D.

Robin Walz, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Emeritus

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Kevin Krein, Ph.D.

Kevin Krein, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

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Ali Ziegler, Ph.D.

Ali Ziegler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Humanities

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Glenn D. Wright, Ph.D.

Glenn D. Wright, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science; Statewide Coordinator, Senator Ted Stevens State Legislative Internship Program

For Glenn, the study of politics is a vocation as well as a pastime, though he also enjoys skiing and sea kayaking. He writes on environmental issues, resource governance, and Alaska state politics and spends about 150 days a year on skis or in a kayak.

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Lora E. Vess

Lora E. Vess

Associate Professor of Sociology

Environmental sociology and environmental justice, food studies, social inequality, social movements, scholarship of teaching and learning, sociology of health and medicine

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Sherry Tamone, Ph.D.

Sherry Tamone, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Emerita

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Karen Carey, Ph.D.

Karen Carey, Ph.D.

Chancellor

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