Major

The First Nations 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.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 15 units, including

  • FNST 101 - Introduction to First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 201W - Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History (3)

and a minimum of 9 units from

  • ARCH 273 - Archaeology of the New World (4)
  • FNST 110W - International Indigenous Lifewriting (4)
  • FNST 111 - Introduction to Participatory Indigenous Research Methods (3)
  • FNST 186 - Coast Salish Studies (3)
  • FNST 212 - Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape (3)
  • FNST 222 - Selected Topics in First Nations Studies (3) *
  • FNST 232 - Introduction to Ethnoecology in First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 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:

  • FNST 301 - Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research (3)
  • FNST 401 - Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy (3)
  • FNST 402W - The Discourse of Aboriginal Peoples (3)
  • FNST 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)
  • FNST 322 - Special Topics in First Nations Studies (0) +

more courses

  • FNST 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4) ++ or HIST 325 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (4)++
  • FNST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) ++ or HIST 326 - History of Aboriginal Peoples of North America Since 1850 (4) ++
  • FNST 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) ++ or GSWS 327 - Aboriginal Women in Canada (4) ++
  • FNST 329 - Sexuality and Gender: Indigenous Perspectives (3)
  • FNST 332 - Ethnobotany of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • FNST 333 - Ethnozoology of British Columbia First Nations (3)
  • FNST 353W - First Nations Heritage Stewardship (3)
  • FNST 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) ++ or ENGL 360 - Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4) ++
  • FNST 363 - Indigenous Poetry, Poetics, Printmaking (4)
  • FNST 376 - Indigenous Weaving Technologies: Community of Beings (4)
  • FNST 383 - Indigenous Technology: Art and Sustainability (4)
  • FNST 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) ++ or CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3) ++
  • FNST 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) ++ or CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3) ++
  • FNST 433 - Indigenous Environmental Justice and Activism (4)
  • FNST 442 - Directed Readings in First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) ++ or HIST 443W - Aboriginal Peoples, History and the Law (4) ++
  • FNST 447 - Directed Studies in First Nations Studies (3)
  • FNST 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 First Nations Studies research maybe applied toward the major in First Nations 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 First Nations 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 First Nations Studies' academic advisor.

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