University of Washington

Arctic Minors

We are very excited to announce the first generation of the new Arctic Studies minors! The purpose of this minor is for undergraduates to have an opportunity to gain skills relevant to addressing major science and policy issues in the Arctic. The minor will train students to work with international organizations, national governments, and sub-national organizations and/or to pursue graduate study at the intersection between science and policy in the polar regions. Students enrolled in the minor will have priority over course registration that is related to the minor and will also be featured in the Canadian Studies Center's Quarterly newsletter. It's a great joy to have this new minor running and we are happy to announce students enrolled in the minor! 

2014-2015 Arctic Minors

Marine Lebrec, Oceanography, Marine Biology Minor & Arctic Studies Minor 

I am finishing up my junior year majoring in oceanography and minoring in marine biology. I have experience researching deep sea hydrothermal vent sites and am extremely interested in how organisms survive in such extreme habitats, similarly to the Arctic. I am passionate about climate change and have studied micro plastics in New Zealand waters. I am interested in finding ways to incorporate scientific data into making changes in Arctic policy as anthropogenic forces are changing this region of the world drastically. I would love to eventually do research in the Arctic to better understand this valuable part of the world.

Nirupam Nigam, Aquatic and Fishery Science and General Biology Major, Arctic Studies Minor 

My foremost love in the world is anything that lives underwater. Consequently, I am a double major in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology. My interests in the arctic began while spending 7 weeks in Aleknagik and Pedro Bay, Alaska studying salmon with the School of Aquatic and Fisheries science. Although we were closer to the Aleutians than we were the Arctic Circle, it was there that I realized just how different northern life and culture is from the lower 48. Moreover, I find the ecosystems at these northern climes to be very different and very interesting, and definitely something that I would like to learn more about.


Drake Russell, English Major, Arctic Studies Minor 



Arctic Minor Alumni

Walter O'Toole, English Major, Arctic Studies Minor 
Graduated: Fall 2014
2013-2014 Minor

My major is English, and I’m excited to see how these two fields of study will intersect. I’m interested in the ways literature and language relate to Arctic identities and cultures. I’m particularly interested in the oral literature of the Inuit, both in its traditional forms and in its presence in contemporary Arctic literature. Additionally, the relationships between people and wildlife are fascinating to me, and I look forward to exploring these in the context of the Arctic and in my own writing.


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