Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies

The Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies draws and builds upon long-standing academic and research capabilities at UAF to offer an integrated, cross-disciplinary course of advanced graduate study consisting of a common core curriculum coupled with six thematic specialty areas of emphasis from which students choose a concentration:

Why choose Cross-Cultural Studies? A graduate program in cross-cultural/Indigenous Studies may be for you if you are interested in issues associated with Indigenous Knowledge Systems, cultural interchange and cross-cultural education. Students wll participate in research and development activities across a variety of academic disciplines and applied fields at UAF.

Candidates are encouraged to engage in comparative studies with other Indigenous peoples around the world and to focus their dissertation research on issues of relevance to Alaska and the Arctic.

CXCS offers one PhD degree program:

  • Indigenous Studies (Minimum Requirements for Degree: 48 credits)

Degree Requirements

General University Requirements   Complete the general university requirements.   Ph.D. Degree Requirements   Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.   Complete required and elective courses.   ANL/CCS/ED/RD F608 Indigenous Knowledge Systems 3 ANL/CCS/ED/RD F690 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies 3 Core Courses   Select two from the following: 6 Seminar in Language Revitalization   Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Thought and Action   Economic Anthropology   Global to Local Sustainability   Integrated Assessment and Adaptive Management   Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues   Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights   Education and Cultural Processes   Culture, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition   Traditional Ecological Knowledge   Cultural Aspects of Language Acquisition   Education and Socioeconomic Change   Language, Literacy and Learning   Educational Administration in Cultural Perspective   Circumpolar Indigenous Leadership Symposium   Political Economy of the Circumpolar North   Management Strategies for Rural Development   Indigenous Organization Management   Research Courses   Select two from the following: 6 Analytical Techniques   Methods in Ethnohistorical Research   Documenting Indigenous Knowledge   Field Study Research Methods   Community-Based Research Methods   Select four specialty elective courses 12 Doctoral Dissertation   ANL/CCS/ED/RD F699 Thesis 18 Total Credits 48

Completion of 18 distance credits will constitute residency.

Note: Recommended additional academic experience: Students are encouraged to enroll in a minimum of one semester of course work at a partner institution with program offerings related to their area of specialization. Students are encouraged to make at least one formal academic presentation at a statewide, national or international meeting, as well as a community-level presentation in Alaska. Students are encouraged to study a language other than English, as appropriate for the thematic area in which they are enrolled.

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