Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2020/2021)
8.9 Certificate in Indigenous Studies

The Certificate in Indigenous Studies is administered by the Department of Archaeology.

The Certificate in Indigenous Studies is designed for those 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 complex histories over the succeeding millennia, to present movements and the growing desire for reconciliation between governments and Indigenous societies.

The area of Indigenous studies is an increasingly important field in Canada, and the world. This program will benefit a wide variety of learners, including current and prospective university students, and individuals interested in a career in the public, not-for-profit, and non-governmental sectors.

8.9.1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Certificate Regulations

Students intending to complete a certificate program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences must meet the Admission requirements as outlined in the University Calendar. Students are also advised to consult the University Calendar regarding General Regulations for Certificate Programs and Graduation Requirements.

8.9.2 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor or the Coordinator of the Certificate in Indigenous Studies for assistance with course planning, declaring their program of study, prerequisite and registration issues, and with questions about the eligibility of any courses not listed here.

A tentative list of upcoming course offerings in the program can be found at www.mun.ca/hss/courses.php.

8.9.3 Declaring the Certificate in Indigenous Studies

Students interested in a Certificate in Indigenous Studies are first encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. After consultation with the Coordinator, students wishing to enroll in the Certificate can declare a Certificate in Indigenous Studies by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

8.9.4 Regulations for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies

As part of the Certificate in Indigenous Studies students must successfully 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 are encouraged to complete courses that emphasize the origins and histories of Indigenous peoples as well as courses that emphasize contemporary issues of Indigenous peoples.

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

  1. Archaeology 1005 or History 1005;

  2. a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 2000 level from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies;

  3. a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 3000 level or 4000 level from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies;

  4. an additional 6 credit hours at any level from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies; and

  5. of the required 21 credit hours, students must complete courses from at least three disciplines.

    Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies

    1000-level and 2000-level Courses

    3000-level and 4000-level Courses

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. Students who are only pursuing the Certificate program (i.e. not pursuing a degree program) are encouraged to consult with the Program Coordinator and/or course instructor when considering a 4000-level course.

Other Humanities and Social Sciences courses whose Calendar entries clearly establish 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.

Table 2 Suggested Course Sequencing for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies

First 3 credit hours: Archaeology 1005 or History 1005

Next 18 credit hours: Successfully complete an additional six courses selected from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Studies. (Certificate total is 7 courses)

8.9.5 Course Prerequisites

Many approved courses are suitable for students in all disciplines without a background in the discipline. Other approved courses may have prerequisites.

8.9.6 Regulation Concerning the Former Minor in Aboriginal Studies

A student who is enrolled in, or who has completed the former Minor in Aboriginal Studies, is not eligible to enroll in the Certificate in Indigenous Studies.

8.9.7 Regulation Concerning the Former Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies and the Former Certificate in Indigenous-Aboriginal Studies

A student cannot receive more than one of the Certificate in Indigenous Studies, the former Certificate in Indigenous-Aboriginal Studies, and the former Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.