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Indigenous Studies (BA in combination)


Indigenous Studies is a vibrant field of social, political, historical and cultural study in Canada and around the globe. Combining a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Indigenous Studies with another BA program – such as Human Rights and Human Diversity, Criminology, Community Health or Youth and Children’s Studies – enhances the breadth and depth of your knowledge by bringing the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous people (who make up about 20% of the world’s population) into the classroom.

Your courses will cover topics in Indigenous anthropology, teaching practices, ecological knowledge and history. Your education will be complemented by courses in Indigenous languages, literature and media.

The Indigenous Studies program fosters intercultural communication and awareness that provides the foundation for career success in a variety of fields.

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Indigenous Studies

Program Highlights

  • You’ll have the opportunity to work in the Medicine Garden at our Brantford campus Aboriginal House, and learn from community leaders from the nearby Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
  • Our Aboriginal Student Centres at both our Brantford and Waterloo campuses are not only places where Aboriginal students can connect with their heritage, but are also places of education for the broader Laurier community. All are welcome to our community medicinal and vegetable gardens, soup and frybread lunches, and other cultural programming hosted throughout the year.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Gender and Indigenous Communities
  • The People of the Longhouse
  • Indigenous-Settler Relations
  • Medicine Garden

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International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Issue Advocacy Option
  • Law Option
  • Leadership Option

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