First Peoples Studies (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why choose First Peoples Studies?

Explore the world of First Peoples – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – within the Quebec and Canadian context. Professors engaged in community research will help you develop awareness of First Peoples issues, from a First Peoples perspective, and deepen your understanding of society’s standing in relation to First Peoples. Courses cover history, contemporary social and political issues, culture and linguistics. Language courses include introductory-level Inuktitut; Haudenosaunee (Iroquoian) languages, especially Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk); and Algonquian languages (particularly Cree).

Other topics include health, education, the media and storytelling. The program has a strong focus on ethical research and engagement.

Program highlights

  • Developed from a First Peoples’ perspective and with a strong focus on ethical research and engagement
  • Small class sizes foster a sense of community within the program

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

  • Major in First Peoples Studies (45 credits)
  • Minor in First Peoples Studies (24 credits)


Courses


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements



Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


After your degree

First Peoples Studies alumni may pursue work in many fields including:

  • Government
  • Law
  • Social work
  • Human resources
  • Community development

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