Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2017/2018)
8.5 Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

www.mun.ca/hss/abst

Program Coordinator: Dr. S. Neilsen. Department of Archaeology and Labrador Institute

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

The Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies is designed for those interested in learning about the history, cultures, languages, beliefs, and experiences of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples.

The objective of the program is to provide foundational knowledge for understanding historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal and 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 Aboriginal and Indigenous societies.

The area of Aboriginal and 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.

8.5.1 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.

8.5.2 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students interested in the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator 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. The Coordinator liaises with representatives of participating departments, and normally communicates a tentative schedule of upcoming course offerings to students so that they can plan accordingly.

8.5.3 Declaring the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

Students interested in a Certificate in Aboriginal and 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 Aboriginal and 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.

8.5.4 Regulations for the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

As part of the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies students must complete a 3 credit hour foundation course at the 1000-level and 3 credit hours in a capstone course at the 3000-level. It is anticipated that the foundation course will be taken at the beginning of the program, and the capstone course will be taken at the completion of the program. As part of their course selections, normally prior to completing the capstone course, students will also complete at least one course that emphasizes the origins and histories of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples ("past"), and at least one course that emphasizes contemporary issues of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples ("present").

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

  1. Archaeology 1005 or History 1005;

  2. 15 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Aboriginal and 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.

  3. Law and Society 3012 or 3014.

    Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

    Theory Courses

    "Past" Courses

    "Present" 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 Aboriginal and 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 Committee on Undergraduate Studies to include up to 6 credit hours in the program. Other Humanities and Social Sciences courses whose Calendar entry clearly establishes an emphasis on Aboriginal and 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 Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

First 3 credit hours: Archaeology 1005 or History 1005

Next 15 credit hours: Complete an additional five courses selected from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies, including at least one "Past" course and at least one "Present" course

Last 3 credit hours: Choose from Law and Society 3012 or Law and Society 3014 (Certificate total is 7 courses)

8.5.5 Course Prerequisites

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

8.5.6 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 Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.