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Degree Structure

Students have the option of selecting three possible modules of study after completing first year. These are as follows: Honors Specialization, Major and Minor modules. The various modules allow students to develop both specialist and more general degree programs. A student may thus focus on First Nations Studies courses and obtain a degree in First Nations Studies or combine First Nations Studies with work in other disciplines.

A student may graduate in two areas of expertise as a Double Major or pair up courses such that they complete a Minor in one area of expertise and a Major in another. For example, a student may complete a four-year Bachelor of Arts with a Major in First Nations and a Minor in Visual Arts. Modules in the same discipline may not be combined; for example an Honors Specialization in First Nations Studies may not be combined with a Major module or a Minor module in First Nations Studies.

Modules require a specific combination of courses. Modules can have courses cross listed and in common with modules of other program or departments. For example First Nations Studies has courses cross listed with Anthropology. Students wishing to combine modules containing the same courses must consult the department and faculty concerned to ensure that the combination selected is permitted.

Degree Structure

You can complete either a three or four year degree. You may graduate with a Honors Bachelor degree with an Honors Specialization or Honors Double Major. The alternate option is a four-year degree, wherein you complete a Specialization module or a Major module.

The four year degree requires completing 20.0 course credits, while a three year degree requires no fewer than 15.0 course credits. At least thirteen (13) senior courses (numbered 2000-4999) must be successfully completed for the four-year degree, while eight (8) senior courses (numbered 2000-4999) are to be satisfactorily completed for a three (3) year degree.

Four modules are available for the three degree options. These include the following:

  • Honors Specialization - 9.0 or more specified course credits
  • Major - 6.0 to 7.0 specified course credits
  • Minor - 4.0 to 5.0 specified course credits.

Modules selected must fit within the degree structure. Registration for these degrees usually occurs in second year. However, one can get admitted in third or fourth year if you have fulfilled the Year 1 principal course requirement. The four year degree must include at least a Honors Specialization or one Major module. It consists of twenty (20.0) courses, fifteen courses are taken after completing the first year requirements. Special attention should be given to degree requirements when selecting courses in first, second and third years.

The Honors Bachelor Degree

The Honors Bachelor degree offers two modules. You may complete a Honors Specialization or a Double Major. For admission to either module, you must

complete the 1st year requirements

have a minimum of 70% average on the 3 principal courses for entry to the module

have a minimum mark of 60% in each principle course for entry to the module

Once you have gain admission, you will need to meet the progression requirements and when graduating - the graduation requirement. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for details

The Four Year Bachelor Degree

The four year bachelor degree offers the following options:

a Double Major plus options,

a Major and Minor plus options or

a Major module plus options

For admission to the modules, you must complete the 1st year requirements and have a minimum of 60% in each principal course entry to the module. Once you gained admission, you will need to meet the progression requirements and when graduating - the graduation requirements. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for details

The Three Year Bachelor Degree

For the three-year degree, you may complete

a Major module plus options

a Major plus a Minor module or

two Minor modules plus options

Your First Year Requirements

It is expedient to complete your first year requirements in the first year. You have to complete five courses numbered 1000 to 1999 in four different subjects and meet your breadth requirements. You also have to complete FNS 1020E as this is a principal course required for admission into the First Nations Studies program. This course must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of 60%. Please note that if you wish to enter the Honors Specialization module, you will need a minimum grade of 70% for FNS 1020E.