2022-2023 Catalog 
    Feb 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arctic Studies Minor

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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. The minor in Arctic Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and demonstrating proficiency in the economics, business, governance, environment, culture, and sustainability of the Arctic. Students will participate in coursework at UMFK and have the
ability to engage in research and courses throughout the University of Maine System.

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
  • Rural Economic Development and Planning
  • Resource Management

Key Qualifications and Attributes for Future Careers

  • Advanced Degree
  • 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
  • Multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Applied research competency

Minor Requirements

At least 18 credits are required to complete the minor.

*Electives must be approved by UMFK faculty.

Path 1: Research Learning Experience Sample Courses

  • ERS 310 Field Methods 3 credits (UMaine Orono)
  • ERS 410 Sea to Summit 3 credits (UMaine Orono)

ERS Classes are available through the University of Maine at Orono

Path 2: Governance, Security, Business and Economics Sample Courses

Path 3: Land and Environment Sample Courses

Path 4: People and Culture Sample Courses

  • BIO 510- Climate, Culture and the Biosphere (UMaine Orono)

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