Sunday, April 19, 2009

Indigenous Peoples Doctoral Programs: University of Alaska Announces New Program

Recently the University of Alaska Regents approved a new doctoral indigenous studies program. This is excellent news, and it demonstrates the continued need for such programs at the graduate level. Here is the main announcement:

FAIRBANKS -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday approved a new doctoral program for the Fairbanks campus, a program university leaders say will help fill a growing need for advanced research and academic opportunities.

The new Indigenous Studies doctoral program was developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Education and College of Rural and Community Development, according to a summary of the plan.

The Alaska Federation of Natives had first discussed the need, according to the university. Alaska Natives comprise 16 percent of the student body in Fairbanks but only 3 percent of the faculty, which the program’s proposal suggests creates a shortage of Native perspective within the university’s leadership circles.

The regents, meeting in Valdez, approved the plan unanimously.

Other doctoral indigenous studies programs include:

PhD in Indigenous Studies at the University of Alaska.

PhD minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

PhD Indigenous or Australian Studies at the University of South Australia.

PhD in Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria.

Indigenous Peoples Education program at the University of Alberta.

The Indigenous Studies PhD program at Trent University.

The American Indian Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

The American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University.

The Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program at the University of Arizona.

The Maori and Indigenous Studies program at the University of Canterbury.

Native American Studies program at the University of California, Davis.

If there are others not listed, please leave a comment about the program so it can be added to the list.

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