Humanities

Humanities at UAS include the disciplines of art, English (creative writing, composition and literature), languages, linguistics, outdoor studies, physical education, music, philosophy, performance, communication, and theatre. The humanities focus on the study of human actions, ideals, thoughts, traditions, and values. Students undertaking study in the humanities engage in time-tested methods of inquiry: creative endeavor, critical interpretation, dialogue, historical and logical analysis, and scholarly investigation. Students in the humanities analyze, create, evaluate, engage in group processes, interpret, investigate, and record performance events, products of human activity, culture, and imagination.

The B.L.A. degree with emphases in communication, independent design, interdisciplinary studies, and language arts prepares students for graduate school in various disciplines and employment in the public and private sector wherever a baccalaureate degree is valued and wherever strengths in critical thinking and oral, visual, and written communication are valued.

The B.A. in English is designed to serve the needs of three groups of undergraduate students. First, it is directed toward students preparing to enter the M.A.T. program in secondary education at UAS and thus reflects the requirements for certification in language arts. Second, it is designed to serve students seeking entry-level employment in the fields of editing, writing, public relations and government. Third, it is intended to serve students preparing for graduate study in law, public administration, technical writing, creative writing and English.

The literature and environment specialization within the English B.A. program is designed to capitalize on the unique natural setting of Southeast Alaska and to build upon existing institutional strengths in environmental literature and philosophy. Students pursuing this specialization will be prepared for careers and graduate programs in literature, teaching, environmental education and journalism.

Certificate in Outdoor Skills and Leadership (J)
Associate of Arts (J, K, S)
Bachelor of Liberal Arts (J, D1)

Alaska Native Languages and Studies
Outdoor and Adventure Studies

Bachelor of Arts (J)

Minors (J)

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Campus Key

J=Juneau

K=Ketchikan

S=Sitka

D=Distance Learning/e-Learning

Dean
Karen Schmitt

Faculty

Rosemarie J. Alexander-Isett
Term Assistant Professor of Communication
Juneau

Clare Bennett
Term Assistant Professor of Humanities
Ketchikan

Nina Chordas
Associate Professor of English
Juneau

Delores Churchill
Adjunct Faculty of Northwest Coast Art
Ketchikan

Mique'l Dangeli
Assistant Professor, Alaska Native Studies
Juneau

Andrea L. Dewees
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Juneau

William Elliott
Term Assistant Professor of English
Juneau

Carrie Enge
Adjunct Faculty of English
Juneau

Caroline Hassler
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science
Technical Services Librarian
Juneau

Ernestine Hayes
Assistant Professor of English
Juneau

Jeremy Kane
Associate Professor of Art
Juneau

Susan Koester
Professor of Communication, Emeritus
Juneau

Kevin Krein
Director of Outdoor Studies
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Juneau

Jonas Lamb
Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science
Public Services Librarian
Juneau

Rod Landis
Professor of English
Ketchikan

Roby Littlefield
Adjunct Faculty of Alaskan Language
Sitka

Kevin Maier
Associate Professor of English
Humanities Department Chair
Juneau

Sol Neely
Associate Professor of English
Juneau

Art Petersen
Professor of English, Emeritus
Juneau

Teri Rofkar
Adjunct Faculty of Northwest Coast Art
Sitka

Linda Rosenthal
Professor of Music, Emerita
Juneau

Richard F. Simpson
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Juneau

Alice Taff
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages
Juneau

Math Trafton
Assistant Professor of English
Sitka

Lance (X̱’unei) A Twitchell
Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages
Juneau

Forest J Wagner
Term Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies
Juneau

Emily Wall
Associate Professor of English
Juneau

Jennifer Ward
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science
Outreach Services Librarian
Juneau

Teague Whalen
Associate Professor of English and Communication
Ketchikan

Elizabeth Zacher
Assistant Professor of Art
Sitka