Joint Major in First Nations Studies and Linguistics

This joint major is for those interested in focusing and expanding their expertise where these two disciplines intersect. Students will gain insight into the languages and cultures of British Columbia and North America First Nations people. In particular, the program will provide an in‐depth understanding of at least one First Nations language and will develop skills related to language teaching and curriculum development.Students should plan their studies in consultation with both the Department of First Nations Studies and the Department of Linguistics advisors.

Department Info - Linguistics: http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/index.html

To view the latest Joint Major requirements, please refer to the SFU Academic Calendar: http://students.sfu.ca/calendar/2013/fall/programs/first-nations-studies-and-linguistics/joint-major/bachelor-of-arts.html

Admission Requirements

An overall 2.25 cumulative GPA and a minimum C+ grade in LING 220 is required for admission to all joint major programs.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 120 units as specified below.


Lower Division First Nations Studies Requirements

Students complete at least 13 units of lower division First Nations studies courses including 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 three additional units in a 100 or 200 division course with significant First Nations content, subject to approval by the program director. Examples of these courses:

  • ARCH 273‐3 Archaeology of the New World
  • FNST 212-3 Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape
  • FNST 222-3 Selected Topics in First Nations Studies
  • SA 286‐4 Aboriginal Peoples and British Columbia: Introduction

 

Lower Division Linguistics Requirements


Students complete at least 15 units of lower division linguistics courses including both of

  • LING 220‐3 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 221‐3 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

 

plus nine additional units in 100 or 200 division linguistics courses. Note that LING 222 is required for many upper division courses. The following are recommended:

  • FNLG 231‐3 Introduction to First Nations Language I*
  • FNLG 232‐3 Introduction to First Nations Language II*

     * preferably in the same First Nations Language.

Subject to approval by the program director, other lower division courses that have First Nations language content may be applied toward this program

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Upper Division First Nations Studies Requirements

Students complete at least 21 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 nine units from the following

  • ARCH 378‐3 Pacific Northwest North America
  • CRIM 311‐3 Minorities and the Criminal Justice System
  • ENGL 453W‐4 Aboriginal Literatures
  • FNST 322‐3 Special Topics First Nations Studies
  • 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 BC First Nations
  • FNST 353W-3 First Nations Heritage Stewardship
  • FNST/ENGL 360-4 Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors*
  • FNST 363-4 Indigenous Poetry, Poetics, Printmaking
  • FNST 376-4 Indigenous Weaving Technologies: Community of Beings
  • FNST 383-4 Indigenous Technology: Art and Sustainability
  • FNST/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
  • HIST 427‐4 Problems in the History of Aboriginal Peoples
  • SA 388‐4 Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples

*only one of the two courses may be used

Other courses that have First Nations content may be applied toward this program, subject to approval by the program director.

Upper Division Linguistics Requirements

Students complete at least 21 units of upper division linguistics courses including two of

  • LING 321‐3 Phonology
  • LING 322‐3 Syntax
  • LING 323‐3 Morphology
  • LING 324‐3 Semantics
  • LING 330‐3 Phonetics

and two of

 

  • FNLG 331‐3 Description and Analysis of a First Nations Language I
  • FNLG 332‐3 Description and Analysis of a First Nations Language II
  • FNLG 433‐3 First Nations Language Mentoring I
  • FNLG 434‐3 First Nations Language Mentoring II
  • LING 408‐3 Field Linguistics
  • LING 430‐3 First Nations Languages
  • LING 431‐3 Language Structures I
  • LING 432‐3 Language Structures II

 

and nine additional upper division linguistics units. The following are recommended:

 

  • FNLG 335‐3 Topics in First Nations Language I
  • FNLG 435‐3 Topics in First Nations Language II
  • LING 309W‐3 Sociolinguistics
  • LING 350‐3 First Language Acquisition
  • LING 360‐3 Linguistics and Language Teaching
  • LING 362‐3 English as a Second Language: Theory
  • LING 407‐3 Historical Linguistics
  • LING 441‐3 Linguistic Universals and Typology

 

Special topics and/or directed readings courses may be applied toward this program, subject to approval by the program director or program advisor.

 

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.

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