The B.A. in Alaska Native Governance (ANGov) provides an interdisciplinary framework within which to examine the distinct and overlapping governance systems of Alaskan tribal, village, corporate, and regional entities. In the ANGov program, you identify principles and theories of governance and increase your understandings of civil society and responsive democracy. You explore strategies to evaluate, advance, and/or reform governance and policy. You examine historical events that have led to current governance systems, with appreciation in particular for how tribal, international, and corporate governance relate to issues of self-determination for Alaska Native peoples. Most importantly, you develop leadership skills to sustain Alaska Natives, their communities, and their governing entities.
Your study begins with introductory seminars focusing on Alaska Native cultures, histories, and the various governing systems through which Alaska Native experiences are shaped. At the upper-division level, you focus more specifically on laws such as ANCSA and ANILCA, as well as subsistence, tribal governance, and indigenous research methodologies. With an advisor, you identify an emphasis in an applied field where concepts and issues intersect with the broad concerns of Alaska Native governance. As part of your program, you take part in leadership symposia, meeting Alaska Native elders, professionals, and mentors, growing your appreciation of traditional ways of knowing along with corporate leadership. Across your degree, you apply your studies through practicum experiences or internships connecting you to real-world networks. Your program culminates in the senior project, evidencing professionalism and problem-solving capability.
As a graduate, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with demonstrated achievement in APU’s Essential Competencies: Effective Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural & Historical Perspective, Inquiry and Ethical Engagement.
Foundational Studies (32-40)
- EC Written Communication** (WRIT 20100) (4)
- EC Presentation & Media Literacy (from 10000-20000 level COMM) (3-4)
- CT Critical Thinking (from 10000-20000 level CRIT) (3-4)
- CT Computation** (MT 10100, BAM 10500, or higher placement) (3-4)
- CH Intellectual Traditions (from 10000-20000 level PH/HI) (4)
- CH Creative Endeavors (from 10000-20000 level HUM) (4)
- CH Intercultural & Spiritual Understandings (from 10000-20000 level RS/CS) (3-4) †
- SI Biological/Physical Scientific Inquiry (from 10000-20000 level SC w/ lab or OS 21000) (4)
- SI Social/Behavioral Scientific Inquiry (various) (3-4)
- EE Social Responsibility (LS 10200) (2)
- EE Personal Responsibility (from 10000-20000 OS/PE or BAM 20400, MAR 11000, MAR 24000, LS 20500) (1-2)
[† Foundational Studies requirement satisfied in the Major Studies]
[ ** Minimum grade of ‘C’ (defined as C+, C, C-) must be earned]
Major Studies (59-60 credits)
Self-Directed Studies (varies)
Students are encouraged to extend their emphasis into a minor, take part in an Eco League exchange, or pursue more advanced practicum to distinguish their Alaska Native Governance major.
Minimum Graduation Credit Requirement: 128
ANGov Emphasis Options (12 credits)
Courses chosen from a disciplinary field where concepts and applications intersect with the broad concerns of Alaska Native Governance; 3 credits must be at the 30000-40000 level; courses cannot double-count with other ANGov requirements; courses can double-count with a minor or double-major in that field:
ANS/CS Alaska Native Studies + Cultural Studies
APP Applied Studies in a Technical Field
BA/BAM Business Administration + Business Administration & Management
HI/SS History + Social Sciences
HUM Humanities, Arts & Literature
MAR Marine Biology
OS Outdoor Studies
PH/RS Philosophy + Religion Studies
PY/HS Psychology + Human Services
SUS Sustainability Studies