Course Sequence - Honours BA With Major in Aboriginal Studies

Designed for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, these programs familiarize students with the histories, philosophies, spiritualities, culture, art and contemporary life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, the rest of North America and around the world. The curriculum includes guest lectures by some of the foremost Aboriginal artistic, political and intellectual leaders.


The Aboriginal Studies program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in Aboriginal StudiesFI


  • Minor in Aboriginal Studies

FI French Immersion stream available.

Language of instruction

These programs are offered in English and in French.


These programs lead to careers in:

  • Aboriginal organizations and agencies
  • Public service and government agencies
  • Cultural centres
  • Educational institutions

What can I do with my studies?

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1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice


2  A minimum of 12 credits must be chosen from list A

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing


3 credits from:

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking

PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments


3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction

ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry 

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to  interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

PHI1102 Moral reasoning

PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHI1104 Great Philosophers

PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts





Aboriginal Studies

42 credits

(14 courses)

EAS1101 Introduction to Aboriginal Societies and Cultures

EAS2101 Colonialism and Indigenous Peoples


HIS2307 History of the Native Peoples in Canada, from the origins to the present


SRS2115 Religious Ways of the Aboriginal Peoples



LIN2301 Aboriginal Language

EAS3101 Research and Methodologies in Aboriginal Studies


EAS4103 Seminar in Aboriginal Studies

3 optional course credits at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses2


9 optional course credits at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses 2

9 optional course credits from the list of optional courses 2

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.

Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.


Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 classes).


ANT2126 Native Peoples of the Americas
ANT3326 Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, International Perspectives
ART3354 Inuit and Amerindian Art
CML2301 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law1
CML4162 Advanced Aboriginal Law1
EAS3102 Selected Topics in Aboriginal Studies
ENG3381 Native Writing in Canada
EAS4101 Fieldwork and Directed Research in Aboriginal Studies
EAS4102 Contemporary Indigenous Political Thought
EAS4364 Selected Topics in Aboriginal History
FEM3108 Indigenous Feminisms and Aboriginal Women’s Issues
GEG3309 Social Landscapes of Métis Communities
HIS3109 Selected Topics in Native History
LIN2302 Aboriginal Language: Structure Analsis
POL3159 Indigenous Politics in Canada
SRS3119 Shamanic Traditions
SRS3139 Religious Encounters in the Colonial Americas
SVS3555 Service social auprès des populations autochtones
1 With permission of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section


ANT3131 Economic Anthropology
CDN3100 Histories and Perceptions of History in Canada
CDN4100  Contemporary Issues in Canada
ELA1102 Latin American Cultures I
ENV3321 Geographical Approaches to Environmental Issues
FEM2107 Diversities of Women: Gender, Race, Class and (Dis)ability
GEG2109 Canada and Its Regions
GEG3107 Geography of Polar Regions
GEG3302 Natural Resource Management
HIS2130 The Peopling of North America
HIS2170 Latin America, Colonial Period
SOC2309 Canadian Society
SRS1191 Religion and Culture in Canada
SRS2194 Anthropology of Religion
SRS2386 History of Religion in Canada
SRS3191 Sociology of Religious and Cultural Pluralism
SRS3194 Anthropological Theories in Inter-Cultural and Inter-Religious Issues