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Arctic Studies

Program Overview

The minor in arctic studies is sponsored jointly by the Jackson School of International Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Oceanography in the College of the Environment. This interdisciplinary academic program links the natural, social sciences, and humanities in an integrated program of study. The purpose of the Arctic Studies minor is for undergraduates to have an opportunity to gain skills relevant to addressing major science and policy issues in the Arctic.

Undergraduate Program


503 Thomson, Box 353650
(206) 221-6374

Minor Requirements:

Minimum 28 credits

  1. Foundation Coursework (9 credits): ARCTIC 200; OCEAN 235; ARCTIC 401
  2. Integrative Experience (3 credits): ARCTIC 400
  3. Electives (minimum 16 credits): see adviser for approved list
  4. Minimum two courses from the approved social sciences list
  5. Minimum two courses from the approved sciences list
  6. Minimum one course with North-Star designation; may be combined with social science or science elective offering
  7. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor
  8. Minimum 15 credits taken from outside studentís major requirements
  9. Minimum 15 credits 300- and 400-level coursework
  10. Minimum 15 credits completed in residence through the UW