Indigenous Studies (BA in Combination)

Examine the social, political, historical and cultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and worldwide, all from Indigenous perspectives. Explore Indigenous intellectual traditions and how they apply to Indigenous and Canadian issues to advocate for respectful change. Learn intercultural communication and awareness that provides a foundation for career success in a variety of fields. You must complete this program with another Bachelor of Arts program.

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Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll get in the Indigenous Studies program:

  • Take courses with a Community Service-Learning component to gain hands-on experience volunteering in the local community while earning course credit.
  • Take the Medicine Garden course and engage with the community through a field placement, while also harvesting, drying and making tinctures from the on-campus garden.
  • Study abroad for an academic term.

Check out the Indigenous Studies Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

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Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UIS
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s
  • English at 60%
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

2+2 Agreements with Lambton and Mohawk College

Students who have completed Lambton College's Liberal Studies Diploma with an Indigenous Studies specialization, or Mohawk College's General Arts and Science (University Transfer) Diploma with an Indigenous Specialization, with a minimum overall average of 75%, will be eligible for admission into Laurier's Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Indigenous Studies program.

Block Transfer Agreement

Students enrolling in Laurier’s Indigenous Studies in combination program after completing a two- or three-year diploma program may earn up to 6.0 or 7.5 transfer credits (respectively).

Learn more about our college transfer agreements.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Options and Courses

Complement Indigenous Studies with Another Major

This program must be taken in combination with another Bachelor of Arts (BA) program. Combining a 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.

Options and Minors

Consider adding any of these popular options or minors, which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Issue Advocacy Option
  • Law Option
  • Leadership Option
  • Minor in Education
  • Minor in Social Innovation

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Academic Literacy: Humanities
  • Academic Literacy: Social Sciences
  • Indigenous Peoples and Media
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Astronomy I: Our Place in the Cosmos
  • Design Thinking I: Foundations
  • Environment, Sustainability and Society

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Decolonizing North America
  • Indigenous Forms of Justice
  • Indigenous Issues and Anthropology

Community Service-Learning

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Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"Indigenous Studies has been amazing for learning about Indigenous resilience and rights from Indigenous professors themselves. A combination of formal and discussion-based instruction has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of local and global Indigenous cultures and communities. I am so appreciative of the safe educational spaces in this program that foster learning and growth."

Shailyn Harris, Indigenous Studies graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • community developer
  • cultural resources manager
  • employment equity officer
  • Indigenous community liaison officer
  • Indigenous language specialist
  • inter-governmental officer
  • journalist
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • policy analyst
  • social worker
  • teacher

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Brantford Campus

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. Close to great walking and biking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour our Brantford campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.