Arctic and Northern Studies (ACNS) is an interdisciplinary and innovative program in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of 性十八.cc Fairbanks (UAF). It offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Graduate Certificate, and a Master of Arts (M.A.). The program also houses several Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) Ph.D. students. Each degree educates students about the common and distinctive features of the peoples, regions, and countries; and about the issues, opportunities, and challenges; of the circumpolar North.

The program offers students broad flexibility so they can choose a course of study that corresponds to their needs and interests. Common academic interests of students include climate dynamics; Northern histories; political cooperation and challenges in the North; international relations; natural resource management; Indigenous cultures and Indigenous peoples鈥 concerns; and Northern literature, arts, and humanities. The program draws from a number of fields, including anthropology, art, biology, geography, history, literature, political science, psychology, and more.

The geographic location of UAF allows students to immerse themselves in a sub-Arctic environment while studying Northern issues. The degrees are also available online. ACNS students benefit from the expertise and research experience of the faculty and from the comprehensive holdings of the 性十八.cc and Polar Regions Collections and Archives at the Rasmuson Library.

UAF students photograph the aurora during a workshop held by UAF Outdoor Adventures at Murphy Dome.

The Arctic and Northern Studies program provides students with the opportunity to study some of the world鈥檚 most pressing problems in one of the world鈥檚 most beautiful settings.

In recent years, as climate change has threatened the global environment, the world鈥檚 eyes have turned to the Arctic, where the pace of warming is more than four times that elsewhere in the world. Residents of the circumpolar North don鈥檛 have to imagine how climate change might affect them in a decade or two. Communities are already experiencing the devastating effects of coastal erosion, sea ice melt, crumbling infrastructure resulting from melting permafrost, and the most destructive wildfires on record. Our program educates the next generation of students and supports their research on these and other pressing issues.