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FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

INDIGENOUS STUDIES

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts & Science
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Management

Intake: 

Fall & Spring

Campus: 

Lethbridge

Program Description

Indigenous Studies explores art, law, philosophy, health, politics, history, gender studies, ecology, business, customs and language — all from a unique Indigenous perspective — making this one of the most sought-after programs of its kind in Canada.

In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate First Nations’, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) history, heritage and culture, as well as the contemporary issues that face FNMI communities.

As a student of Indigenous Studies, you’ll have access to Indigenous instructors, who are often nationally or internationally renowned, seasoned professionals with real-world experience.

Indigenous Students' Union (ISU) | Indigenous Studies students have an active presence on campus through the ISU, which sponsors the annual Indigenous Awareness Days and various other community events.

Indigenous Awareness Days | This annual, week-long event consists of a series of free lectures, workshops and the celebration of Indigenous culture. Indigenous Awareness Days usually takes place in March.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional.

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative education, international exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills in the program, you will also develop your critical and analytical thinking skills, your information acquisition and management skills, as well as your attention to detail. These abilities are highly sought after and can be applied to practically any working scenario.

Quote: 

“Be prepared for change — whether it be what to study, your world view or the choice of career you want to pursue — going to university is an experience that will most likely change your life. It changed mine.” - Maria, BA ‘15


Possible Careers

Related Fields. There are numerous interesting career options open to NAS graduates, like:

  • Fine Arts
  • Politics
  • Administration
  • Native Outreach Work
  • International Affairs
  • Art History
  • Economics
  • Film
  • Human Rights Work
  • Social Work
  • Native Issues Lobbying
  • Governmental Diplomacy
  • Historic Site Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Art Appraisal
  • Demography
  • Preservation Planning
  • Civil Service
  • Environmental History
  • Historical Documentation
  • Historical Film Production
  • Historic Foundation
  • Administration
  • Genealogy
  • Museum Curation
  • Local Government
  • Archaeology
  • Historical Research
  • Creative Writing


Professional Disciplines & Graduate Studies. Your undergraduate degree in Native American Studies also provides an excellent foundation for law, management, journalism and education. The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs, at the Master and Doctoral levels, spanning over 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

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Program Planning

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Sample Classes:

You will have the opportunity to take courses like:

  • Indigenous Art Studio
  • The Métis
  • Indigenous Literature
  • Canadian First Nations History
  • Indigenous Philosophy
  • Indigenous Peoples & Law
  • Indigenous Women
  • Indigenous Health
  • First Nations Governance
  • Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Blackfoot & Cree Languages
  • Family & First Nations Community Development
  • Indigenous Art History & Theory
  • Traditional Indigenous Political Economy

 

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