Joint Major in Archaeology & First Nations Studies

This program focuses and expands expertise in areas where archaeology and First Nations intersect.

Joint major students, who will gain insight into ancient and contemporary First Nations cultures in British Columbia and North America, will also learn about Aboriginal perspectives on the contemporary world including First Nations issues in archaeology, cultural heritage, resource management, government relations and land claims. Students are trained in material culture studies, techniques and technologies to analyze the ancient and historic past, ancient and modern artistic traditions, conservation and management of archaeological and museum collections, and other public exhibits related to First Nations heritage. Students should plan their program in consultation with First Nations Studies and Archaeology advisors.

Department info - Archeology:  http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology.html

NOTE:  Effective Fall 2013, FNST side of the program requirements will change.  Students who declared the ARCH-FNST Joint Major prior to Fall 2013 will continue to follow pre-Fall 2013 program requirements. Students who declare the ARCH-FNST Joint Major September 1, 2013 onward will follow the Fall 2013 and post-Fall 2013 term requirements.

To view the latest academic requirements for this Joint Major, please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar:http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2017/fall/programs/archaeology-and-first-nations-studies/joint-major/bachelor-of-arts.html

Program Requirements (Fall 2013)

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Program Requirements (Fall 2013)

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division First Nations Studies Requirements

Students complete all of

  • FNST 101-3 The Cultures, Languages and Origins of Canada’s First Peoples
  • FNST 201-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples’ Perspectives on History
  • SA 101-4 Introduction to Anthropology

and one of

  • FNST 212-3 Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape
  • FNST 222-3 Selected Topics in First Nations Studies
  • LING 160-3 Language, Culture, and Society*
  • SA 286-4 Aboriginal Peoples and British Columbia: Introduction

Lower Division Archaeology Requirements

Students complete all of

  • ARCH 131-3 Human Origins
  • ARCH 201-3 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ARCH 272W-3 Archaeology of the Old World
  • ARCH 273-3 Archaeology of the New WorldLower Division Archaeology Requirements
  • Students complete all of
  • ARCH 131-3 Human Origins
  • ARCH 201-3 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ARCH 272W-3 Archaeology of the Old World
  • ARCH 273-3 Archaeology of the New World

Upper Division First Nations Studies Requirements

Students complete at least 22 units of upper division First Nations studies, including all of

  • FNST 301-3 Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research
  • FNST 401-3 Aboriginal Rights and Government Relations
  • FNST 402-3 The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples
  • FNST 403-3 Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World

and the remaining 10 units from

  • FNST 322-3 Special Topics in First Nations Studies
  • FNST 324-4 Indigenous Art History
  • FNST/HIST 325-4 History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850†
  • FNST/HIST 326-4 History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America since 1850†
  • FNST/GSWS 327-4 Aboriginal Women in Canada†
  • FNST 329-3 Sexuality and Gender: Indigenous Perspectives
  • FNST 332-3 Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations
  • FNST 353W-3 First Nations Heritage Stewardship
  • FNST/ENGL 360-4 Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors†
  • FNST 376-4 Indigenous Weaving Technologies: Community of Being
  • FNST 363-4 Indigenous Poetry, Poetics, Printmaking
  • FNST 383-4 Indigenous Technology: Art and Sustainability
  • FNST 419/CRIM 419-3 Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice†
  • FNST/CRIM 429-3 Indigenous Peoples and International Law†
  • FNST 433-4 Indigenous Environmental Activism
  • FNST 442-3 Directed Readings in First Nations Studies
  • FNST/HIST 443-4 Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law
  • FNST 462-4 Indigenous Oral Testimony: Theory ,Practice, Purpose, Community
  • LING 430-3 First Nations Languages
  • SA 388-4 Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples
  • SA 486-4 Aboriginal Peoples and British Columbia: Advanced Seminar

*when topic is appropriate

†only one of the two courses may be used

Other First Nations content courses may be applied, subject to department approval.

Upper Division Archaeology Requirements

Students complete at least 24 units of upper division archaeology including all of

  • ARCH 372-5 Material Culture Analysis
  • ARCH 378-3 Pacific Northwest North America
  • ARCH 386-3 Archaeological Resource Management
  • ARCH 471W-5 Archaeological Theory

and two of

  • ARCH 301-3 Ancient Visual Art
  • ARCH 348-5 Archaeological Conservation
  • ARCH 349-5 Management of Archaeological Collections

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the Fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 as upper division work.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.