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Liberal Arts

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) is a comprehensive undergraduate program in interdisciplinary studies at UAS. The BLA provides students with a focused yet flexible course of study in the Humanities with additional study options in Math, Natural Science, and Social Science. Open to all students wishing to pursue an under-graduate degree, the BLA is particularly well suited to students who have completed an Associates degree, transfer students from other universities, and returning students with previously completed university credits.



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Associate of Arts

Associate degree programs are areas of study designed to prepare students academically for admission to a bachelor degree program.

Typically an associate degree program is 60 credits (two years).

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

  • Admissions to the A.A. degree program
  • Completion of 60 credits at 100-level or above, including:
    1. At least 20 credits at the 200-level or higher
    2. At least 15 credits completed in residence at UAS
    3. All General Education Requirements (33-34 credits), including MATH S113 or higher
    4. 26-27 elective credits, with at least 18 credits from the School of Arts & Sciences (no more than 6 credits from ODS/PE)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 at UAS

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

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

Liberal Arts Electives/Minor

Courses from AA degrees, transfer credits from accredited universities or colleges, or other University of Alaska credits at the 100 level or higher may be counted for elective credit. A Minor field must differ from disciplinary coursework completed for the Liberal Arts Emphasis. Any overlap in specific courses between GER, the Liberal Arts Major, and a Minor requires course substitutions.

Designated 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.

The following Designated Emphasis areas are available:

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

Language Arts Designated Emphasis

Language Arts Fields
English (ENGL), Communication (COMM), Theatre (THR)
Primary Field
24 credits (minimum 15 credits upper division)
Secondary Field
15 credits (minimum 6 credits upper-division)
Capstone (3 credits)
HUM S499 Humanities Capstone

Outdoor and Adventure Studies Designated Emphasis

Minimum Emphasis Credit Hours52-56
Designated Emphasis31-35
ODS Electives15
Upper Division Electives6

Designated Emphasis Requirements

ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
HUMS270Sport, Leisure, and Culture3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3
ODSS120Wilderness First Responder4
ODS S243Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
ODSS244Outdoor Leadership3
ODSS245Outdoor Leadership Capstone2-4
ODSS372Mountain Adv: Phil, Lit & Pract3
ODSS444Expedition Planning/Leadership2
ODSS445Outdoor Studies Emphasis Capstone2-4
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3

ODS Electives

Select from the following (15 credits):

ODSS114Backpacking in SE Alaska1-2
ODSS115Winter Backpacking in SE Alaska1
ODSS116Introduction to Rock Climbing1-2
ODSS117Introduction to Ice Climbing1-2
ODSS118Avalanche Eval and Theory I2
ODSS119Intro to Fly Fishing, Tying & Casting2
ODSS133Introduction to Sea Kayaking1
ODSS148Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding1
ODSS205Backcountry Navigation and Travel2
ODSS216Rock Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS217Ice Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS218Avalanche Eval/Theory Level II2
ODSS221Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals2
ODSS222Mountaineering I2
ODSS___  

Upper Division Electives

Select two from the following (6 credits):*

ANTHS314Archaeology of SE Alaska3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS458Alaska Native Economic and Political Development3
ENGLS363Nature Writing3
ENGLS365Literature of AK: Native and Non-Native Perspectives3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
ENGLS423Ecocriticism3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape Ecology3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
GOVTS313Alaska Politics and Government3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3
*Advisor-approved courses

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies provides academic depth to a general course of Liberal Arts study by combining cross disciplinary primary and secondary fields. Primary and secondary fields must be from different disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Studies program must be approved by the student’s BLA faculty advisor.

Primary Field
24 credits (minimum 15 credits upper division)
Secondary Field
15 credits (minimum 15 credits upper-division)
Capstone (3 credits)
HUM S499 Capstone

Primary Field

The primary field consists of BLA faculty advisor approved course electives (24 credits, minimum of 15 credits upper division) under one the following categories. In some instances, minimal course requirements are designated.

Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology (ANCH S202), Biological Anthropology (ANTH S205)
Art
Two-semester History or World Art survey (ART S261/S262)
English
History
Two-semester History survey: History of the U.S. (HIST S131/S132) or World History (HIST S105/106) and Seminar in History: Selected Topics (HIST S492).
Humanities
Any two of the following Humanities disciplines: Art, Communications, English, History, Alaska Native Languages (including Tlingit, Haida), Modern Languages (including Spanish), Philosophy, Theatre, or BLA faculty advisor approved Humanities discipline.
Discipline 1
12 credits (min. 9 credits upper division)
Discipline 2
12 credits (min. 6 credits upper division)
Psychology
Introduction to Psychology (PSY S101), Research Methods and Statistics (STAT S107 or higher), Social Science Research Methods (SSCI S300), or BLA faculty advisor approved course.
Social Science
Any two of the following Social Science disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Government (Political Science), History, Psychology, Sociology, or BLA faculty advisor approved Social Science discipline.
Discipline 1
12 credits (min. 9 credits upper division)
Discipline 2
12 credits (min. 6 credits upper division)
Sociology
Introduction to Sociology (SOC S101) and either a statistics course (STAT S107 or higher) or a research methods course (SSCI S300 or other BLA faculty advisor approved methods course).
Theatre

Secondary Field

The secondary field, which must be from a different discipline than the primary field, consists of 15 credits (minimum 6 credits upper-division).

Liberal Arts secondary fields available at UAS include: Anthropology, Art, Biology, Communication, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Government, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Tlingit Language.

Independent Design

This option is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in completing a BLA program that does not fall under any Designated Emphasis or Interdisciplinary Studies option.

Independently designed BLA programs are available only to students who have a tenure-track faculty member who agrees to supervise their degree program. The student and supervisor will work together to design a degree proposal that provides a coherent body of knowledge at the baccalaureate level. The Independent Design must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the supervising faculty member’s department chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

As the program is independently designed, there are no formal limitations on the structure of each student’s program beyond the required Liberal Arts Core. However, the Independent Design has rigorous emphasis requirements:

  1. 45 total credits for the BLA Liberal Arts Major must be completed while enrolled at UAS.
  2. 24 emphasis credits minimum must be upper division.
  3. 30 emphasis credits minimum must be completed after the Independent Design program is approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Any changes to a program in progress must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the supervising faculty member’s department chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Minor in Philosophy

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 Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours18
PHILS101Introduction to Logic and Reasoning3
PHILS201Introduction to Philosophy3
PHILS206Symbolic Logic3
PHILS301Ethics3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
PHILS390Selected Topics in Philosophy3

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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HUM Classes: Fall - 2015


Designed for first year students. Through a variety of readings, activities and discussions, examines the ways we relate to the places in which we find ourselves. Focus is on both the university and the Alaska wilderness as place through study in the humanities and social sciences, Students explore issues critical to their academic goals and objectives. Assists students in finding their place in the university setting.

Prerequisite: ENGL S092 or higher or concurrent enrollment, or placement into ENGL S110, or instructor permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77559J01Kevin Krein
EG112
Tue, Thu
9:45a - 11:15a
9/1 - 11/19

For all sections of HUM S120, an overnight trip to the Haines Bald Eagle Festival Nov 13-15 is a required course component. Students are required to travel as a group via ferry. All travel will be coordinated by UAS. Short courses have prorated withdraw deadlines. Students wishing to withdraw must do so by Oct 9.

Tuition and fees: $720 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77560J02Kevin Maier
EG113
Tue, Thu
9:45a - 11:15a
9/1 - 11/19

For all sections of HUM S120, an overnight trip to the Haines Bald Eagle Festival Nov 13-15 is a required course component. Students are required to travel as a group via ferry. All travel will be coordinated by UAS. Short courses have prorated withdraw deadlines. Students wishing to withdraw must do so by Oct 9.

Tuition and fees: $720 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77561J03
EG114
Tue, Thu
9:45a - 11:15a
9/1 - 11/19

For all sections of HUM S120, an overnight trip to the Haines Bald Eagle Festival Nov 13-15 is a required course component. Students are required to travel as a group via ferry. All travel will be coordinated by UAS. Short courses have prorated withdraw deadlines. Students wishing to withdraw must do so by Oct 9.

Tuition and fees: $720 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77566J04
EG115
Tue, Thu
9:45a - 11:15a
9/1 - 11/19

For all sections of HUM S120, an overnight trip to the Haines Bald Eagle Festival Nov 13-15 is a required course component. Students are required to travel as a group via ferry. All travel will be coordinated by UAS. Short courses have prorated withdraw deadlines. Students wishing to withdraw must do so by Oct 9.

Tuition and fees: $720 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79018T01Math Trafton Ii
SC206
Tue, Thu
12:15p - 1:45p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Introduction to fundamental issues and texts of the liberal arts. Examines classical and contemporary texts, issues, and interpretations. A required core course in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program.

Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) and concurrent enrollment in HUM S210.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77505KD1Clare Bennett
DISTELIVE
Tue, Thu
9:00a - 10:00a
8/31 - 12/12

Delivered via web with required live online meetings. Requires access to email, MSWord and microphone/headset. View course information at UASOnline. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $380 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79097J01Kevin Krein
EG218
Mon, Wed
9:10a - 10:10a
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $380 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79602KD2Clare Bennett
DISTELIVE
Mon, Wed
9:00a - 10:00a
8/31 - 12/12

Delivered via web with required live online meetings. Requires access to email, MSWord and microphone/headset. View course information at UASOnline. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $380 (additional charges may apply)

Students develop and assemble an assessment portfolio that will be maintained and updated throughout the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) program. Required course for the BLA degree.

Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) and concurrent enrollment in HUM S200.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
76771KD1William Urquhart Ii
DISTWEB
8/31 - 12/12

Delivered via web. Requires access to email and MSWord. View course information at UASOnline. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79098J01Kevin Krein
EG218
Friday
9:10a - 10:10a
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79603KD2William Urquhart Ii
DISTWEB
8/31 - 12/12

Delivered via web. Requires access to email and MSWord. View course information at UASOnline. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

Understanding leisure is a key part of understanding who we are on a cultural and personal level. Leisure activities play an important role in developing our sense of identity. What is the function of leisure and recreation in American society, and why do we understand them as we do? Course introduces the concept of leisure from historical and philosophical perspectives, considered from various cultures and times. Special attention is given to sport and outdoor recreation.

Prerequisite: ENGL S111.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77567J01Kevin Krein
EG223
Tue, Thu
3:00p - 4:30p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Helps students synthesize learning and skills acquired in their undergraduate program and prepare them for postgraduate life. Opportunities to reflect on choices and consequences, to articulate ideas and experiences, is facilitated by texts and discussion. Students prepare a portfolio and will present their work at an instructor-approved conference or forum. Pass/Fail grading.

Prerequisite: Senior standing in a UAS degree program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
77506KD1Teague Whalen
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 7:20p
8/31 - 12/12

Delivered via web with required live online meetings. Requires access to email, MSWord, web camera and microphone/headset. View course information at UASOnline. Students must order books; go to http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm for book information. Call 1-888-550-6177 with questions or for registration information.

Tuition and fees: $690 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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