Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2019/2020)
8.9 Certificate in Indigenous - Aboriginal Studies

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

The Certificate in Indigenous - Aboriginal 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 proceeding 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 - Aboriginal 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 - Aboriginal Studies

Students interested in a Certificate in Indigenous - Aboriginal 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 - Aboriginal 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 - Aboriginal Studies

As part of the Certificate in Indigenous - Aboriginal 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 - Aboriginal Studies consists of 21 credit hours as prescribed below:

  1. Archaeology 1005 or History 1005; and

  2. 18 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Courses for the Certificate in Indigenous - Aboriginal 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 - Aboriginal 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 Indigenous - Aboriginal 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 - Aboriginal 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 - Aboriginal Studies, including at least two "Past" courses and at least two "Present" courses (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- Aboriginal Studies.

8.9.7 Regulation Concerning the Former Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies

A student may not receive both the Certificate in Indigenous - Aboriginal Studies and the former Certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies.