Current, 2022-2023 University Catalog 
    May 30, 2023  
Current, 2022-2023 University Catalog

Arctic Studies Certificate

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Arctic Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and demonstrating proficiency in the economics, business, governance,
environment, culture, and sustainability of the Arctic. The Arctic is an important partner in our Maine and global societies and economies. The Arctic region has an abundance of natural and cultural resources which influences systems in the region and beyond. Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding the land and environment, people and cultures, security and governance, and business and economies of the Arctic through coursework and opportunities for applied research and learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of the land and environment of the Arctic region;
2. Demonstrate proficient knowledge of the diversity of the indigenous and living people
and cultures of the Arctic region;
3. Demonstrate proficient knowledge in contemporary governance, security, business, and
economic issues in the Arctic region;
4. Leverage technology to perform analyses of Arctic social and scientific research and data
5. Demonstrate the capacity to develop research questions, conduct research independently
or through affiliation, and demonstrate an awareness of Arctic research and issues;
6. Demonstrate the ability to present in writing and orally on Arctic topics in an area of

Sample Future Career Opportunities in governmental, NGO, or academia

  • Program Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Training Developer
  • Communications Associate
  • Field Administrator

Key Qualifications and Attributes for Future Careers

  • Ability to Travel and Arctic Experience
  • Ability to secure secret clearance (governmental and some NGO careers)
  • Collaboration and teamwork aptitude
  • Technological competency
  • Evaluation and planning proficiency
  • Communication and presentation aptitude

Certificate Requirements

At least 18 credits are required to complete the certification.

*Electives must be approved by UMFK faculty.

Path 1: Research

Path 3: Business and Economics

Path 4: Conservation and Ecology

Path 5: Environmental Change

  • ERS 542 - Atmosphere, Ocean, Ice, and Climate Change (UMaine Orono)
  • BIO 510 - Climate, Culture, and the Biosphere (UMaine Orono)

Path 7: Other elective enrollment with permission of advisor

Please select courses with the permission of advisor.

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