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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 designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 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
GER35
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.
I. Liberal Arts Core
Core Requirements18
HUMS200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUMS210Student Portfolio1
  Communications, Literature or Writing (upper-division elective)*3
  Philosophy (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics)**3
  Social Science, Math or Natural Science (elective)3-4
  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.

II. Liberal Arts Emphasis
EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS42

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted the BLA, an Emphasis option (listed below) 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
LIBERAL ARTS EMPHASIS OPTIONS
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.
1. DESIGNATED EMPHASIS
A designated emphasis provides a focused course of study in the Liberal Arts not available through other baccalaureate degree programs offered through UAS.

Alaska Native Languages and Studies

B.L.A. Designated Emphasis

Minimum Credits42
Designated Emphasis Credit Hours17
ANTHS200AK Native Cultures3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3
Select both
AKLS105Humanities Capstone I4
AKLS106Humanities Capstone II4
or both
AKLS107Elementary Haida I4
AKLS108Elementary Haida II4
Select one from the following (3 credits):
ANTHS475AK Native Social Change3
ARTS263NW Coast Nat Art, Hist, & 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).

Electives25
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
ANTHS452Intro to Tlingit Linguistics II3
ANTHS225Art Ex & Or Nar of AK Natives3
ANTHS335Native North Americans3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS435NW Coast Cultures3
ARTS458AK Native Econ/Pol Dev3
ARTS180NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS181Beginning NW Coast Design1-3
ARTS183NW Coast Harv/Prep Basket Mat.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
ARTS386Inter NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ARTS480NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS482Advanced NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS485Advanced NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS486Adv NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ENGLS365Lit of AK: Nat and Non-Nat Per3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
GEOGS302G of AK: People, Places, Potential3
HISTS115Alaska, Land and People3
HISTS341History of Alaska3
*15 credits must be upper division

Minor in Alaska Native Studies

Minors are areas of study that students can use to expand the scope of their bachelor degree program (for example a student in a Art major can add a Business minor).

Typically a minor is 15 credits, it cannot be the same emphasis as the main degree program.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 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):
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 Materials.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
ANTHS435Northwest Coast Cultures3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
SOCS346Alaskan Social Problems*3
* Special topics courses that emphasize Alaska Native Perspectives may be approved for program.

Minor in Tlingit Language

Minors are areas of study that students can use to expand the scope of their bachelor degree program (for example a student in a Art major can add a Business minor).

Typically a minor is 15 credits, it cannot be the same emphasis as the main degree program.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18
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
AKLS401AK Lang Apprentice/Mentor1-3
AKLS410Heritage Lang Tchg Meth/Matrl3
AKLS451Intro to Tlingit Linguistics3
AKLS452Intro to Tlingit Linguistics3
At least six credits must be upper division Tlingit language courses as appropriate.

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: Spring - 2015


AKL 103
1 CR

A class designed to help students speak and understand the Tlingit language. Students learn the alphabet, pronunciation of alphabet sounds, words, simple sentences, and grammar.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39017T01Roby Littlefield
SC218
Monday
4:00p - 5:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Instructor and students will meet on the Sitka Campus and may videoconference with students outside of Sitka. For more information call the Sitka Campus at 907-747-7700 or 800-478-3552.

Tuition and fees: $179 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39018TD1Roby Littlefield
DISTAUDIO
Monday
4:00p - 5:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Students will be required to participate from a video conferencing site (typically on a UA campus). For more information call the Sitka Campus at 907.747.7700 or 800-478-3552.

Tuition and fees: $219 (additional charges may apply)

A continuation of AKL S105 Elementary Tlingit I. Focuses on grammatical structures and vocabulary building with an emphasis on the development of listening and speaking skills.

Prerequisite: AKL S105 Elementary Tlingit I or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37224J01Lance Twitchell
EG109
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $716 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37225JD1Lance Twitchell
DISTAUDIO
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:30p
1/12 - 5/2

Audio conference. Requires access to computer with Pentium 2 or better processor, Internet and email. Students access the course website at uas.alaska.edu/online for class information, and edit their personal profile. Books available from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm, or call 1-800-325-3252, or fax 1-800-499-0143. For more information call 796-6163 or 1-877-465-4827x6163. By enrolling in this class, the student grants UAS permission to take photographs, make audio or video recordings, and to use the photographs, audio and/or video in any medium, including print and digital publications, presentations, social media, video productions, advertising, on signs, and in promotional materials.

Tuition and fees: $716 (additional charges may apply)

AKL 241
1 CR

Students will work with a mentor in Tlingit, Haida, or Tsimshian to prepare for public speaking in a variety of settings. May be taken three times for a total of 3 credits.

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37220J01Lyle James
HB201
Friday
5:30p - 7:30p
2/6 - 3/6
HB201
Friday
5:30p - 8:00p
3/13 - 3/13

Participation in the Oratory competition Feb 8 is a required course component.

Tuition and fees: $179 (additional charges may apply)

A continuation of AKL S305. All communication skills will be refined. Continuing presentation of advanced grammar; reading of Tlingit texts with glossaries; reading, analysis and discussion and texts transcribed from Tlingit oral literature.

Prerequisite: AKL S305.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
40730J02Marsha Hotch
EL211
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:30p
1/26 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
40731JD2Marsha Hotch
DISTAUDIO
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:30p
1/26 - 5/2

Audio conference. Requires access to computer with Pentium 2 or better processor, Internet and e-mail. Students access the course website at uas.alaska.edu/online for course information, and edit their personal profile. Books available from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm, or call 1-800-325-3252, or fax 1-800-499-0143. For more information call 796-6163 in Juneau, or toll-free 1-877-465-4827 x6163.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

A review of various methods of second language teaching and their applications. Students will practice teach their language of specialization, gaining hands-on experience in curriculum and materials development. Attention to the technical and ideological differences in teaching heritage languages in contrast to foreign languages. May be taken three times for a total of 9 credits.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37227J01Andrea Dewees
EG113
Mon, Wed
3:30p - 5:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

A continuation from AKL S451. Further study in the linguistic structure of Tlingit, with emphasis on descriptive linguistics as a tool for understanding grammar. Covers phonology, morphology, noun phrase structure, the Tlingit verb complex and its components, morphophonemic, and syntax as studied through representative verbs. May be offered as three one-credit modules, A, B, and C.

Prerequisite: AKL S451 (3 credits), or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39835J01Lance Twitchell
EG223
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 7:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Tuition and fees: $668 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39836JD1Lance Twitchell
DISTAUDIO
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 7:00p
1/12 - 5/2

Audio conference. Requires access to a computer with reliable Internet and email. Students access the course site at uas.alaska.edu/online, find the course page for class information, and edit their personal profile.

Tuition and fees: $668 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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