Faculty of Arts - Native Studies & Aboriginal Governance

Program description

This program is designed to be multi-disciplinary. As well as taking introductory courses in four disciplines (Native Studies, Political Studies, Economics, and Business) students are required to take courses in four theme areas: Political Governance, Aboriginal Business and Economics, Traditional Knowledge, and Business. At the same time, students have enough flexibility in elective courses to tailor a program to fit their own needs and interests. This program can be taught on campus, or in a community setting.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - 4 years, Native Studies Major with a required Minor in Business

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Aboriginal People and the Canadian Justice System
  • Indigenous Governance
  • Aboriginal Economic Leadership
  • Environment, Economy and Aboriginal People
  • Working with Aboriginal Elders
  • Staffing and Management Development
  • Intro to Global and Environmental Economic Issues and Policies
  • Commercial Law
  • Native Studies and the Political Process

Professional opportunities

  • Community Economic Development and Leadership
  • Policy Development
  • Political Office
  • International Politics, Advocacy, Development.
  • Research, Consultation Services in Land Claims, Governance, Business, and Environment Issues
  • Journalism
  • Justice
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Creative Arts
  • Community Liason Worker
  • Policy Advisory
  • Youth Worker

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

We offer several courses that bring together traditional teachers, Aboriginal community members, Elders, students, and professors on campus and in communities, exploring topics of mutual concern and interest, sharing knowledge and experience, and conducting timely, informed research. The diversity and themed focus of the Aboriginal Governance Stream prepares students for a wide range of future choices and opportunities. As well, the Elders in Residence program, and the resources at Migizii Agamik Bald Eagle Lodge (Aboriginal House) provide a warm and welcoming community of people committed to helping students to succeed in their studies, and in their life choices.

Important links

Faculty of Arts 
Department of Native Studies
Graduate Studies - Department of Native Studies