First Nations Studies (BA Program)

Margaret Anderson, Professor Emerita
Antonia Mills, Professor Emerita

Gary Wilson, Professor and Chair
Fyre Jean Graveline, Professor
Margo Greenwood,  Professor
Ross Hoffman, Associate Professor
Blanc Schorcht, Associate Professor
Agnieszka (Agnes) Pawlowska-Mainville, Assistant Professor
Tannis Reynolds, Assistant Professor
Rheanna Robinson, Assistant Professor
Judith Thompson, Assistant Professor
Tina Fraser, Adjunct Professor
Earl Henderson, Adjunct Professor
Travis Holyk, Adjunct Professor
Deanna Nyce, Adjunct Professor
Titilope Kunkel, Senior Lab Instructor

Website: http://www.unbc.ca/first-nations-studies

First Nations Studies takes the points of view of First Nations people and communities as the starting point for description and analysis, and contextualizes issues from this perspective. Courses in First Nations Studies will re-orient students to question the underlying assumptions of everyday understanding and will develop clarity in thought and presentation critical to advanced study.

First Nations Studies is a valuable part of any good undergraduate education in the contemporary world; it is an appropriate undergraduate major for students aspiring to careers in education, business, public administration, law, communications, cultural property management, social services, health care delivery and administration, and many other fields. With an undergraduate major in First Nations Studies students may apply for admission to graduate programs in several academic disciplines, and to many professional programs. Students intending to apply for graduate or professional programs should ensure that their programs include all required prerequisites.

Major in First Nations Studies

A major in First Nations Studies requires students to take 48 credit hours of First Nations Studies, at least 21 credit hours of which must be upper-division courses. Those courses from the offerings of other programs with content focused on First Nations are designated as approved ancillary courses for a major in First Nations Studies, and may be included among the 48 credit hours required for a major (for example HIST 390-3 [Aboriginal People in Canada]). Students may not take more than 60 credit hours of First Nations Studies without written permission from the Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies. After the lower division requirements have been met, all students majoring in First Nations Studies must take FNST 300-3 (Research Methods in First Nations Studies), and FNST 440-4 (Internship in First Nations Studies) plus eighteen credit hours of 300- or 400- level First Nations Studies courses or approved ancillary courses for the major in First Nations Studies.  This structure permits each student to design a program emphasizing various aspects of First Nations Studies such as contemporary political issues, languages and cultures, etc.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in First Nations Studies is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirement

100 and 200 Level
FNST 100-3The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
FNST 200-3Perspectives in First Nations Studies

Any one of the following culture or language courses:

FNST 131-3A First Nations Language: Level 1
FNST 132-3A First Nations Language: Level 2
FNST 133-3Carrier Language: Level 1
FNST 134-3Carrier Language: Level 2
FNST 135-3Haisla Language (X-a'islak'ala): Level 1
FNST 136-3Haisla Language (X-a'islak'ala): Level 2
FNST 137-3Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 1
FNST 138-3Tsimshian Language (Sm'algyax): Level 2
FNST 139-3Nisga'a Language: Level 1
FNST 140-3Nisga'a Language: Level 2
FNST 161-3A First Nations Culture: Level 1
FNST 162-3A First Nations Culture: Level 2
FNST 163-3Carrier Culture: Level 1
FNST 164-3Carrier Culture: Level 2
FNST 167-3Tsimshian Culture: Level 1
FNST 168-3Tsimshian Culture: Level 2
FNST 169-3Nisga'a Culture: Level 1
FNST 170-3Nisga'a Culture: Level 2
FNST 171-3Métis Studies: Level 1
FNST 172-3Métis Studies: Level 2

Upper Division Requirement

300 Level
FNST 300-3Research Methods in First Nations Studies

400 Level
FNST 440-3Internship in First Nations Studies

Eighteen credit hours of 300- or 400-level First Nations Studies courses or approved ancillary courses for the major in First Nations Studies.

Subject Requirement

Twenty-one credit hours of First Nations Studies or approved ancillary courses at any level.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Upper-division electives to meet UNBC residency requirement.

Electives at any level in any subject to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Approved Ancillary Courses for a Major in First Nations Studies

This list is reviewed annually by the Department of First Nations Studies. Approved ancillary courses are those courses from other disciplines with content focused on First Nations. The following courses are included, and may be counted towards the required courses for a major in First Nations Studies.

ANTH 206-3Ethnography in Northern British Columbia
ANTH 404-3Comparative Study of Indigenous Peoples of the World
ANTH 407-3Topics in British Columbia Ethnography
ANTH 409-3Topics in British Columbia Archaeology
BIOL 350-3Ethnobotany
ENGL 320-3First Nations Literature
ENGL 420-3Advanced First Nations Literature
First Nations and Indigenous Geography
HHSC 471-3Health and Chronic Disease Management
HIST 215-3Global History of indigenous People
British Columbia
HIST 390-3Aboriginal People in Canada
HIST 391-3Aboriginal People in the United States
HIST 456 (3-6)Topics in Cultural Encounters
NREM 303-3First Nations' Approaches to Resource Management
NURS 205-3Introduction to First Nations Health
NURS 422-3First Nations Health and Nursing
NURS 498-3Special Topics in Nursing
POLS 311-3Russian Politics and Society
POLS 412-3Comparative Aboriginal State Relations
First Nations Governance and Social Policy 
Family Caring Systems
Individual and Community Wellness
WMST 306-3Indigenous Women: Perspectives
WMST 413-3Topics in Aboriginal Women's Studies

Joint Major in First Nations Studies/Women's Studies

The First Nations Studies/Women's Studies Joint Major will equip students to understand the role of women in First Nations societies, political and social institutions, and economies. The degree ought to be particularly attractive to students who intend to pursue a career in education, business, public administration, communications, social services, and many other fields.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in First Nations and Women's Studies is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

FNST 100-3The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
FNST 200-3Methods and Perspectives in First Nations Studies
FNST 302-3First Nations Health and Healing
FNST 305-3Seminar in First Nations Studies
FNST 306-3/WMST 306-3Indigenous Women: Perspectives
Topics in Aboriginal Women's Studies 
WMST 100-3Introduction to Women's Studies
WMST 302-3Women and the Contemporary World

At least three additional credit hours of 100-level First Nations in a culture or language.
At least six additional credit hours of Women's Studies at the 100 or 200 level.

Upper Division Requirement

At least eighteen additional credit hours selected from the following:

WMST 303-3                     
Lesbian and Bisexual Lives 
Contemporary Women's Writing in an International Frame 
Gender and Film 
Introduction to the History of Gender 
Cultural Studies:  Gender, Race, and Representation 
Feminist Political Philosophy 
Contemporary Feminist Theories 
Contemporary Women's Literature 
Selected Topics 
ANTH 401-3Anthropological Perspectives on Inequality
ANTH 406-3Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology
COMM 333-3Women in Organizations
ECON 301-3Women and the Economy
ENVS 309-3Women and Environmental Studies
Race, Class, Gender, Power 
HIST 309-3Women in Canada
HIST 453 (3-6)Topics in the History of Gender
HIST 454 (3-6)Topics in Women's History
INTS 308-3Gender and International Studies
Women and Health 
Women in the Human Services 
Gender and Sexuality 

At least fifteen additional credit  hours of First Nations 300-400-level courses.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Minor in First Nations Studies

The minor in First Nations Studies allows students to learn about the field, and to combine a minor concentration in FNST with a major concentration in another area. Students wishing to develop a particular focus could select a set of courses, for example on aboriginal issues, aboriginal languages, and/or aboriginal cultures (Nisga'a, Métis or Carrier). Other combinations are possible with the guidance of the undergraduate student advisor.

A maximum of two courses (six credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in First Nations Studies.  A maximum of two courses from the list of Approved Ancillary Courses for a Major in First Nations Studies can be used to fulfill the requirements of the First Nations minor.

The minor requires completion of 18 credit hours (six courses):
FNST 100-3The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
Three credit hours of First Nations Studies at any level.
Twelve credit hours of 300 or 400 level First Nations Studies.

Minor in Indigenous Ecological Knowledge
The minor in Indigenous Ecological Knowledge assists students to gain an understanding of the unique ways that Indigenous Peoples know and understand the world. This minor prepares students to engage First Nations in collaborative processes that include traditional ways of living and knowing, environmental philosophies, and aboriginal governance.

The minor in Indigenous Ecological Knowledge requires the completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours of study, of which 12 must be at the upper division.  A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfil the requirements for a major, or another minor, may also be used to fulfil requirements for this minor.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have the required prerequisites.
Required
FNST 100-3The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
FNST 203-3Introduction to Traditional Environmental Knowledge
FNST 215-3Issues in External Relations for Contemporary Indigenous Peoples
 
Four of:
  FNST 301-3Art and Material Culture of BC First Nations
  FNST 302-3First Nations Health and Healing
  FNST 303-3First Nations Religion and Philosophy
First Nations Ecological Philosophy and Knowledge
Law and Indigenous Peoples
International Perspective
Internship in First Nations Studies
Traditional Use Studies