Modules and Course Selection

Students have the option of selecting three possible modules of study after completing first year. These are as follows:

  • Honors Specialization

  • Major

  • Minor

The various modules allow students to develop both specialist and more general degree programs. A student may thus focus on First Nations Studies courses and obtain a degree in First Nations Studies or combine First Nations Studies with work in other disciplines.

A student may thus graduate in two areas of expertise as a Double Major or pair up courses such that they complete a Minor in one area of expertise and a Major in another. For example, a student may complete a four-year Bachelor of Arts with a Major in First Nations and a Minor in Visual Arts. Modules in the same discipline are generally not combined; for example an Honors Specialization in First Nations Studies may not be combined with a Major module or a Minor module in First Nations Studies.

Modules require a specific combination of courses. Modules can have courses cross listed and in common with modules of other program or departments. For example First Nations Studies has courses cross listed with Anthropology and English. Students wishing to combine modules containing the same courses must consult the department and faculty concerned to ensure that the combination selected is permitted.

  • First Year Essentials

    You must complete the first year requirements. The basic requirement is to complete 5.0 courses numbered 1000-1999. The 5 courses selected

    • must include four (4) different subjects
    • First Nations Studies 1020E: Introduction to First Nations Studies
    • cannot have more than two (2) courses in one subject

    FNS 1020E Introduction to First Nations Studies

    FNS 1020E should be completed in the first year as it is an entrance requirement for First Nations Studies modules.

    Furthermore, students are encouraged to take an essay course in first year. In addition, one has to complete the first year Breadth Requirement. This is as follows:

    • 1.0 course credit from each of two of the three categories: A, B and C.
    Category A Category B Category C

    Social Science and Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary courses

    Arts and Humanities, Language courses and Various (Food and Nutrition, Law, Music etc)

    Engineering, Medical Science, Science and Various (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

    Examples: Category A

    Anthropology, Economics, Geography, American Studies, Health Science...

    Examples: Category B

    Classic Studies,Philosophy, Women's Studies, Arabic, Chinese...

    Examples: Category C

    Engineering Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering,Biochemistry, Medical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics...

    Four-Year Honors Bachelor Degree

    The four-year Bachelor degree may be completed as an Honors Bachelor degree or a four-year Bachelor degree. Both modules require completing 20 courses, 15 of which are completed after the first year.

    The Honors Bachelor Degree

    For the Honors bachelor degree, you may complete an Honors Specialization module which may be combined with a Major or a Minor module. The other four-year Honors Bachelor degree option is to complete a Double Major, as in combining two Major modules (e.g. First Nations modules with a Geography modules) plus one to three additional courses as options.  For further details and questions, please consult an academic counselor.

    In summary, for the Honors degree, you need to:

    • complete the 1st year requirements
    • have a minimum of 70% average in the 3 principal courses for entry to the module
    • have a minimum mark of 60% in each principle course for entry to the module

    Once you have gain admission, you will need to meet the progression requirements and when graduating - the graduation requirement. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for details.

    Four-Year Bachelor Degree

    The four year bachelor degree offers the following options: Double Major module plus options, Major together with Minor module or options and a Major module plus options. Again, you will complete 20.0 courses, 5.o of which are completed in first year and the balance in the following years. In summary, you have to

    • complete the 1st year requirements
    • have a minimum of 60% in each principal course entry to the module

    Once you gained admission, you will need to meet the progression requirements and when graduating - the graduation requirements. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for details.

    Three-Year Bachelor Degree

    For the three-year degree, you complete a Major module plus options, a Major module plus a Minor module or 2 Minor modules plus options.

    Modules and Course Combination Requirements

    Modules require specific number of course credits and course combinations. For all First Nations Studies modules, you require to successfully complete FNS 1020E as this is an entrance requirement. For all modules, you must complete the following courses:

    • FNS 3140F/G and FNS 3722F/G, 0.5 credit each
    • plus either FNS 2217F/G and FNS 2218F/G (1.0 credit) or FNS 2901 (1.0 credit)
    • all three modules require 2.0 essay credits from table below
    List of courses for 2.0 essay credits
    Course Number Course Credit Course description 
    2101E 1.0 Iroquoian Perspective and Tradition (or Anthro 2220E)
    2112 1.0 Iroquoian Language and Culture (or Anthro 2112)
    2113 1.0 Algonquian Language and culture
    2132F/G 0.5 Cultures of Native North America (or Anthro 2214F/G)
    2211F/G 0.5 Cultures of the Caribbean (or Anthro 2211F/G)
    2216F/G 0.5 Cultures of Latin America (or Anthro 2216F/G)
    2217F/G 0.5 First Nations Traditional Cultures of Canada (or Anthro 2217F/G)
    2218F/G 0.5 Contemporary First Nations Issues (or Anthro 2218F/G)
    2231F/G 0.5 Archaeology of North America (or Anthro 2231F/G)
    2232F/G 0.5 Prehistoric Civilizations of Mesoamerica (or Anthro 2232F/G)
    2233F/G 0.5 Archaeology of Ontario and the Great Lakes (or Anthro 2233F/G)
    2234F/G 0.5 Andean Prehistory (or Anthro 2234F/G)
    2253F/G 0.5 Aboriginal Landscapes in Ontario
    2601F/G 0.5 Indigenous Environments
    2901E 1.0 First Nations in Canadian History (or History 2209E)

    The 2.0 essay credits can be a combination of 4 essay courses, 0.5 credits each or 2 essay courses of 1.0 credits each of some combination that totals to 4.0 credits.

    The successful completion of the above 4 credits fulfills the 4 credit requirements for the First Nations Studies Minor module.

    However, if you wish to complete the FNS Major, you will need to successfully complete the above 4 credits plus 2 additional credits to make up the required 6 credits for the Major module. You may thus select a combination of 2000 level or higher courses from the above table that you have NOT previously taken or from the Approved Course List.

    A FNS Honors module calls for 9 credits. In addition to successfully completing the 4 credits listed above, you will have to complete FNS 4141,which is a 0.5 credit; select not previously taken essay courses from the above table or from the "Approved Course List" to add up to 4.0 credits and select one of the following - FNS 4001F/g, FNS 4402F/G or FNS 4901F/G, for another 0.5 credit.