Major

The Indigenous Studies Bachelor of Arts degree program gives you a detailed understanding into the cultures, histories and contemporary developments of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia and North America. Students will build a solid foundation in the study of Indigenous issues from a variety of scholarly fields.

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Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 15 units, including

  • INDG 101 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3)
  • INDG 201W - Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

and a minimum of 9 units from

  • ARCH 273 - Archaeology of the New World (4)
  • INDG 110W - International Indigenous Lifewriting (4)
  • INDG 111 - Introduction to Participatory Indigenous Research Methods (3)
  • INDG 186 - Coast Salish Studies (3)
  • INDG 212 - Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape (3)
  • INDG 222 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies (3) *
  • INDG 232 - Introduction to Ethnoecology in Indigenous Studies (3)
  • INDG 286 - Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction (3)
Other courses which have First Nations content may be applied toward the major as an elective, subject to approval by the department. Students are advised to consult the program advisor.
* may be completed more than once when offered as a different topic

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 30 units, including:

  • INDG 301 - Issues in Applied Indigenous Studies Research (3)
  • INDG 401 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3)
  • INDG 402W - The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (3)
  • INDG 403 - Indigenous Knowledge in the Modern World (3)

AND at least 18 units chosen from:

  • EDUC 311 - Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language, and Culture (3)
  • ENGL 453W - Aboriginal Literatures (4)
  • INDG 322 - Special Topics in Indigenous Studies (0) +

more courses

  • INDG 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4) ++ or HIST 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4)++
  • INDG 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) ++ or HIST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) ++
  • INDG 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) ++ or GSWS 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) ++
  • INDG 329 - Sexuality and Gender: Indigenous Perspectives (3)
  • INDG 332 - Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • INDG 333 - Ethnozoology of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • INDG 353W - First Nations Heritage Stewardship (3)
  • INDG 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) ++ or ENGL 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) ++
  • INDG 363 - Indigenous Poetry, Poetics, Printmaking (4)
  • INDG 376 - Indigenous Weaving Technologies: Community of Beings (4)
  • INDG 383 - Indigenous Technology: Art and Sustainability (4)
  • INDG 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) ++ or CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) ++
  • INDG 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) ++ or CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) ++
  • INDG 433 - Indigenous Environmental Justice and Activism (4)
  • INDG 442 - Directed Readings in Indigenous Studies (3)
  • INDG 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) ++ or HIST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) ++
  • INDG 447 - Directed Studies in Indigenous Studies (3)
  • INDG 462 - Indigenous Oral Testimony: Theory, Practice, Purpose, Community (4)
  • SA 388 - Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples (A) (4)
Other special topics and/or directed studies courses may be applied toward the major, provided the content suggests a suitable substitution, and subject to approval by the undergraduate chair or program advisor. Examples of such courses are ARCH 321 and 331 when the course topic has significant First Nations or Indigenous content. Credit accumulated in the certificate in Indigenous Studies research maybe applied toward the major in Indigenous Studies.
+ may be completed more than once when offered as a different topic
++ only one of the two courses may be used

Scholarships

A wide range of scholarships and bursaries are available to students enrolled in Indigenous Studies. Please visit SFU Financial Aid and Awards for a comprehensive listing of available internal and external awards.

 

Questions?

To enroll or for more information, please contact the Indigenous Studies' academic advisor.

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