Major in First Nations Studies 

The major program in First Nations Studies, launched Fall 2010, offers courses in the study of traditional and contemporary issues involving the Indigenous peoples of North America and Canada in particular.  Designed for both First Nations students and non-Indigenous students, its focus is on traditional cultures, languages, indigenous knowledge and histories of First Nations, as well as such issues as "Indian-White" relations, the development of federal and provincial policy towards Indigenous peoples, Indigenous rights and title questions, issues of economic development and self-government gender and intergenerational issues.

The objective of the program is to present and examine critically the above issues, taking into account the perspectives of Indigneous peoples. It will expose students to research methods pertinent to past, present, and future issues affecting Indigenous peoples. In this respect, it is especially relevant for First Nations students who wish to put knowledge of Indigenousl issues and research skills to practice in serving their communities and nations.

The major program in First Nations Studies may be taken in conjunction with any major or honors Bachelor’s degree, or with a Bachelor of General Studies degree.  Some courses are available through distance education.

Other courses that have First Nations content may be applied toward the minor as electives, subject to approval by the Department.

Credit accumulated in the certificate in first nations studies research may be applied toward the major in First Nations studies.

Academic Calendar:  

How to add the Major in First Nations Studies to my academic programs? Visit Declaring a FNST Programme

WQB: FNST W-Writing course(s) available (beginning Fall 2013):  FNST 110W, FNST 353W, FNST 402W, and FNST 443W.


Major in First Nations Studies (FNSTMAJ)

General Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Completion of at least fifteen (15) units of lower division courses, including:

  • FNST 101-3 The Cultures, Languages and Origins of Canada’s First Peoples (B-HUM & B-SOC)
  • FNST 201W-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples’ Perspectives on History (B-Soc/Eff 1157-Writing)
  • and three elective courses (a minimum of 9 units) of lower division approved FNST elective courses.

Lower division elective courses in First Nations Studies include FNST 110W-4, FNST 212-3, FNST 222-3, and FNST 286-3. (FNST 226-3 offered in Summer 2017 may also be applied to the FNST Minor lower division requirements.)  


Please refer to the First Nations Studies Major in the Upcoming Term Academic Calendar for full list of approved FNST elective courses.



Upper Division Requirements

Completion of at least 30 units of upper division courses, including:

  • FNST 301-3 Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research
  • FNST 401-3 Aboriginal Rights and Government Relations
  • FNST 402W-3 The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (Effective Summer 2014: WQB - Writing)
  • FNST 403-3 Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World

In addition, students must also complete at least eighteen (18) units from approved upper division FNST elective courses.

*Beginning Fall 2013 First Nations Studies will offer a W-Writing course: FNST 353W-3 and FNST 443W-4.


Please refer to the list FNST COURSES in the Academic Calendar for full list of available FNST courses.