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123 Programs of Study

123.1 Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies (BA NS)

123.1.1 General Program Requirements


Duration: This program requires *120 with a minimum of *36 in Native Studies courses and a maximum of *54. Students normally complete *30 in each academic calendar year and may complete the program in four academic calendar years.


Residence Requirements: Students taking a program of *120 in the Faculty must have credit for at least *60 from the University of Alberta. The final *30 of the program must normally be taken at the University of Alberta campus.

123.1.2 Faculty Common Requirements (*30)


*6 Junior English or *3 Junior English and *3 Writing Studies (WRS)

    No more than *6 of junior English, or equivalent, may be taken for credit in an undergraduate program. ENGL 125 Aboriginal Writing is recommended.


*6 Fine Arts (junior or senior)

Art and Design (ART, ART H, DES)


CLASS 254, 255, 356

Native Studies Art courses


(NS 260 or relevant


designated course)

Film Studies (FS)


HECOL Design Courses


*6 Humanities Core (junior or senior)

Christian Theology courses at St Joseph’s (CHRTC) and at St Stephen’s College (CHRTP)

Comparative Literature (C LIT)

East Asian Studies (CHINA, EASIA, JAPAN, KOREA)

English (ENGL)

History and Classics (HIST, CLASS), except CLASS 254, 255, 356

Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS)

Philosophy (PHIL)

Religious Studies (RELIG)


*6 Social Science (junior or senior)

Anthropology (ANTHR)

Agriculture and Resource Economics (AREC)

Community Service Learning (CSL)

Economics (ECON)

Environmental and Conservation Sciences ENCS 260, 271, 352

Études Canadiennes (ETCAN)

HECOL 200, 201, 210, 211, 212, 313, 321, 322, 360

Human Geography and Planning (HGP)

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate (INT D)

Latin American Studies (LA ST)

Linguistics (LING)

Middle Eastern and African Studies (MEAS)

Political Science (POL S)

Psychology (PSYCO) designated as Arts courses

Rural Sociology (R SOC)

Sociology (SOC)

Women’s Studies (W ST)


*6 Scientific inquiry and applications (junior or senior)


Any courses offered by the Faculty of Science or recognized by the Faculty of Science as Science courses (see §195.1)


Any of the following courses from the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences:

Animal Science (AN SC)

Environmental and Conservation Sciences ENCS (except ENCS 260, 271, 352)

Forest Science (FOR)

Nutrition (NUTR)

Nutrition and Food Science (NU FS)

Plant Science (PL SC)

Renewable Resources (REN R)

Soil Science (SOILS)


*3 maximum of courses in Science, Technology, and Society (STS)



No one course may satisfy more than one basic requirement.


Senior courses in the Major or Minor that meet a basic requirement are counted toward the Major or Minor.


Students in the BA in Native Studies/BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences Combined Degrees must choose courses outside the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences to fulfill the Faculty common requirements in NS.

123.1.3 Native Studies Major (*36 – *54)


*3 Native Studies Introductory Skills and Methods:

NS 290


*6 Native Language:

NS 152 (*6)

NS 105, 153 (*3, *3)

NS 252 (*6)

NS 352 (*6)


*6 Perspectives Courses:

NS 110 (*3)

NS 111 (*3)


*3 Research Methods Course:

NS 390 (*3)


*9 Native Studies Courses at the 200/300-level (excluding NS 200).


*9 Native Studies Courses at the 400-level.

    Note Cross-listed Courses: The following courses contain a strong Aboriginal component and may be taken for Native Studies credit from these departments. Only *6 may be applied to the Native Studies major. Anthropology: ANTHR 256, 474; Education-Policy Studies: EDPS 432, 474; English: ENGL 308, 309; History: HIST 368, 369, 478; Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies: PERLS 323; Political Science: POL S 432; Religious Studies: RELIG 378, 379; Sociology: SOC 422.

123.1.4 Minor (*12 – *30)

    Students are able to take their minor concentration through departments in the Faculties of Arts; Business; Science; and Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. See §§44.1 to 44.33 for additional specific minor concentration requirements for departments in the Faculty of Arts. See §193.3 for additional specific minor requirements for departments in the Faculty of Science.


Human Ecology Minor

    *18 with at least *3 at the 300-level and at least *3 at the 400-level.


Business Minor

    *18 in Business courses at the 300-level or above. In order to be permitted to take this minor, Native Studies students must have completed the prerequisites of *6 ENGL 121, 122, 123, 124, 125 or equivalent, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 113, or MATH 114 and have an overall GPA of 2.7. In addition, for those students wishing to take Finance or Management Science courses in business, they will also be required to take STAT 151 as a prerequisite.


Environmental and Conservation Sciences Minor

    *21 for a minor in Environmental and Conservation Sciences. Stipulations: *6 must be at the 300 or 400-level, additional *6 must be at the 400-level, *15 must be courses taught in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, specifically AREC, ENCS, FOR, INT D, REN R, R SOC, and courses that are listed under the program core, major core, major electives, or approved program elective boxes for any of the ENCS majors, *6 may be taken outside the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and must be approved by an Environmental and Conservation Sciences advisor. Native Studies BA majors must maintain a GPA of 2.0 overall in the courses applied to their Environmental and Conservation Sciences minor. Note: NS students will need to have completed Pure Mathematics 30 and Biology 30 to take this minor.

123.1.5 Options (*15 – *42)


Options are courses that do not fulfill the Faculty basic requirements, the Native Studies major requirements, or the minor requirements. The number of required option credits depends on the minor credit requirements and makes up the difference to the maximum of *120 required to graduate.


Students may take a maximum of *12 from any one area of concentration. Courses not accepted for a minor may be placed in the Options section up to the *12 maximum.

123.1.6 Graduation


Academic Performance for Graduation: Students must present credit (with a minimum University of Alberta grade of D or equivalent) in *120, which satisfy program requirements; present a graduation average of at least 2.0; present an average of at least 2.0 on all courses applied to the major; and present Satisfactory Academic Standing. The graduation average is the quotient of (a) the total number of grade points earned by the student in courses credited to the degree, and (b) the total weight of those courses. The major graduation average is the quotient of courses used to satisfy the Native Studies major requirement specifically (see §123.1.3). When a student has attempted, as part of the program, courses at an institution for which the grades are not precisely equivalent to those of the University of Alberta, the degree is awarded at the discretion of the Faculty of Native Studies. Courses with final grades less than C- are not transferable from other postsecondary institutions.


Degrees with Distinction: BA in Native Studies degrees With Distinction are awarded when students achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher over the last *60 taken at the University of Alberta if the student has satisfactorily completed these *60 over five consecutive terms, excluding Spring/Summer.

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