The Rural Development degree is built around a required 33-credit core of RD courses that focus on the theory and practice of "rural and community development" in indigenous and other rural Alaskan communities. These include: RD 300(W) Rural Development in a Global Perspective (3 cr.) RD 325 Community Development Strategies (3 cr.) RD 350(O) Indigenous Knowledge and Community Research (3 cr.) RD 351 Strategic Planning for Rural Communities (3 cr.) RD 352 Rural Business Planning and Proposal Development (3 cr.) RD 400 Rural Development Internship (3 cr.) RD 450 Managing Rural Projects and Programs (3 cr.) RD 475(W) Senior Project (3 cr.) RD Electives (6 cr.) RD, Alaska Native Studies, or Education electives (3 cr.) The RD 400 Internship and RD 475 Senior Project are courses completed through individualized work with a faculty advisor. The internship provides you with an opportunity to complete an approved project in a public or private sector workplace. If you have extensive work experience, you may be able to complete this course using credit for prior learning. See your advisor for further information and an internship guide. RD 475 is the Rural Development Senior Project. It is usually completed in the semester just prior to graduation. For your senior project, you will complete a major research paper or an applied project under supervision of your faculty advisor.