Certificate in Indigenous Studies

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Considering the growing interest in reconciliation across the country, the area of Indigenous Studies is an increasingly important field in Canada.

Our certificate program appeals to a wide variety of learners, including current and prospective university students and those interested in the public, not-for-profit and non-governmental sectors. It is designed for those who are interested in learning about the history, cultures, languages, beliefs and experiences of Indigenous peoples.

The objective of the program is to provide foundational knowledge for understanding historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples – from the origins of First peoples and their complex histories over the proceeding millennia, to present movements and the growing desire for reconciliation between governments and Indigenous societies.

Courses will cover subject areas such as archaeology, anthropology, history, literature and political science.

Regulations for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies

As part of the Certificate in Indigenous Studies students must complete a 3-credit-hour foundation course at the 1000-level. It is anticipated that the foundation course will be taken at the beginning of the program. As part of their course selections, students will also complete at least two courses that emphasizes the origins and histories of Indigenous peoples ("past"), and at least two courses that emphasizes contemporary issues of Indigenous peoples ("present").

The Certificate in Indigenous Studies consists of 21 credit hours as prescribed below:

  • Archaeology 1005 or History 1005; and
  • 18 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies, including a minimum of 3 credit hours from the "Past" column and a minimum of 3 credit hours from the "Present" column; and
Table 1: Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies
Theory CoursesPast CoursesPresent Courses
  • Archaeology 1005 or History 1005
  • Archaeology 2481, 3290, 3291, 3510, 3588, 3590
  • Archaeology/History 3520, 3525
  • History 2800, 3765
  • Anthropology 2414, 3070, 3240
  • Archaeology 2482
  • English 2160
  • Gender Studies 3015
  • Law and Society 3012, 3014
  • Linguistics 2060
  • Political Science 3830

Not all courses are offered every semester. Students are strongly advised to consult with the Program Coordinator for assistance with course planning, and to generally follow Table 2 Suggested Course Sequencing for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies.

When the opportunity is available for students to take appropriate Language Study courses in the Department of Linguistics, the Program Coordinator may seek written permission from the Faculty's Undergraduate Waivers and Appeals Committee to include up to 6 credit hours in the program. Other Humanities and Social Sciences courses whose Calendar entry clearly establishes an emphasis on Indigenous Studies, including courses delivered exclusively at Grenfell Campus or the Labrador Institute, may be eligible. Students should speak with the Program Coordinator for information.

Eligible 4000-level credit hours may be substituted following the process outlined in General Regulations for Certificate Programs.

Table 2 Suggested Course Sequencing for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies
First 3 credit hours: Archaeology 1005 or History 1005
Next 18 credit hours: Complete an additional six courses selected from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies, including at least two "Past" courses and at least two "Present" courses (Certificate total is 7 courses)

Program Coordinator

For more information students are invited to contact the Program Coordinator. Please see http://www.mun.ca/hss/about/contact/coordinators.php for current contact information.

Upcoming Courses in the Certificate

To look for course offerings in upcoming semesters please visit http://www.mun.ca/hss/courses.php

Contact

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000