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Active Learning

A demanding and rewarding learning process.

Master of Arts Program (MAP) students explore a variety of topics.  Some pathways pursue lifelong dreams of writing memoirs or fine tuning a desire to write short stories or novels. Other venues support professional enrichment though study and exploration.  Others delve in depth in a particular aspect of history, society, education, media… the list goes on. In all aspects, the MAP students are passionate and dedicated to the topic of study and the pursuit of knowledge and application within a chosen field.

MAP students complete 36 hours of graduate credit, divided into three 12-credit phases:

  • Research — you thoroughly research your chosen area of study
  • Practicum — you apply what you have learned in a practical setting
  • Project Demonstrating Mastery — you make your own contribution to the field and document in a written format.

The topics and explorations are limitless.  Here are some examples of final project titles:

  • Cultural Studies
    • Coordinating a Community Response (CCR to Domestic Violence: Meeting challenges and Overcoming Barriers in Rural Alaska
    • Building Uncertainty into Infrastructure Development, Modifying our Decision Making Process
    • The Search for Community: A means of Preserving Diversity in Society
  •  Creative and Professional Writing
    • The Masquerade Dance – A Novel
    • Imago Dei: A Novel
    • The Riddle of Raven Creek
  • Education Studies
    • Owner’s Manual for a Yardstick: A model for Implementing Standards-Based Teaching
    • Beginning Piano Pedagogy: A new Approach through the Use of Learning styles, Multiple Intelligences and Child Development
    • The Life and Times of William Shakespeare & Elizabethan England: A Theatre- Based Curriculum for Intermediate Level Students
  • Organizational Management
    • Examining the Training Needs of Human Service Professionals in Alaska
  • Psychology
    • The Rest of the Story: Finding Meaning through Choice in Cancer Management
    • Deep Relations: Psychology and Traditional Knowledge in the Anam Cara Program
    • Adapt and Adjust:  The Experience of the Immigrant Child