Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2015/2016)
11 Programs and Regulations
11.1 Aboriginal Studies

www.mun.ca/abst

Program Coordinator: Dr. D. Wharram, Department of Linguistics

The Minor in Aboriginal Studies is an interdisciplinary Arts program that aims to encourage students to understand better the histories, languages, geographies, scientific knowledges, philosophies, and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal peoples throughout the world, and more particularly of those of North America.

11.1.1 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. A student must meet the requirements for a departmental Major, Minor, or Honours program and also meet the Program Regulations – General and Honours Degrees for the Faculty of Arts. A student is therefore advised to consult with the Admission to the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Programs regulations, the Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees which also includes the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, The Major Program, and The Minor Program regulations. Information regarding honours programs is available at Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations as well as under each department’s regulations.

A student is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss available programs and requirements in the Faculty of Arts including the Core Requirements, The Major Program, The Minor Program, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations. A student is advised to declare a program of study, including a Major and a Minor, before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a Major and Minor in the Faculty of Arts and a list of advisors is available at www.mun.ca/arts/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.1.2 Advising

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the Program Coordinator. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit.

11.1.3 Declaring the Interdisciplinary Minor

Students wishing to declare a Minor in Aboriginal Studies shall consult with the Program Coordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Arts is available at www.mun.ca/arts/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.1.4 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Aboriginal Studies
  1. A Minor in Aboriginal Studies consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Aboriginal Studies and Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Aboriginal Studies below in courses as follows:

    1. as per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, courses from a minimum of any three Arts disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one discipline:

    2. a minimum of 6 credit hours selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Aboriginal Studies; and,

    3. a minimum of 18 additional credit hours selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Aboriginal Studies and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Aboriginal Studies, including a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 3000-level or above. At least one 4000-level course is recommended.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Minor in Aboriginal Studies must choose a single discipline Major.

11.1.5 Course List
  1. Interdisciplinary programs provide exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. Table 1 courses are Faculty of Arts courses that are fundamental to the program of study. Subject to the program regulations, they may be supplemented with Table 2 courses whose Calendar entry establishes an emphasis on the scholarly study of indigenous peoples, nations and/or knowledge. Not all courses are necessarily offered each year. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is crosslisted with different departments. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, up to 3 credit hours obtained in undergraduate courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland that are not listed in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions may be deemed eligible towards the Minor in Aboriginal Studies. Undergraduate courses not delivered by the Faculty of Arts that have been approved as Table 2 electives include Education 2023, 2202, 2361, 3573, 4020.

Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Aboriginal Studies

1000 an 2000 level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses for the Minor in Aboriginal Studies

1000 an 2000 level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

11.1.6 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science, candidates for a Minor in Aboriginal Studies who had completed a 2000-level course or above in Aboriginal Studies prior to September 2014 will normally follow the program regulations in effect at that time. Such students may instead elect to follow the Aboriginal Studies program regulations outlined in this version of the Calendar. These "grandparented" students are encouraged to consult the Program Coordinator for assistance with course selection.