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Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies

Canada

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What will I learn?

We live in an era of decolonization and reconciliation, in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples must grapple with the haunting legacies of racism and cultural violence and find ways to move forward. The interdisciplinary Indigenous Studies program seeks to aid this effort by providing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with an in-depth understanding of the historical and contemporary experience of Indigenous peoples in North America and the world.

Coursework in the program covers four main thematic areas: Indigenous people hood studies; Indigenous ways of knowing and epistemologies; the history of Indigenous-Settler relations and colonization; and Indigenous recovery, vitalization, and reclamation and decolonization. In fourth year, students will have the option of working with elders or a community organization in a capstone project.

The Carleton Advantage

Indigenous Studies is a growing, globally engaged field of study. Carleton’s Combined Honours BA program presents students with aspects of Indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing and ways of living in the world.

You will explore histories, identities, cultural practices and traditions, languages, diplomacies, politics, community dynamics, and ecological ways of knowing.

The Combined Honours degree allows students to choose a second discipline of their choice and offers a wide range of electives from many areas, including Art History, Geography, Human Rights, Law and Canadian Studies.

In the fourth year, you will have the option of working with elders or a community organization in a Capstone project.

Carleton’s location in Ottawa allows the School to build meaningful relationships with communities and numerous urban and national Indigenous organizations in the region.

Career paths: Advocacy; community sector; creative industries; journalism; law; museum and archival work; public service; teaching

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$30,389.07 (US$ 22,665) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

330 Paterson Hall,

1125 Colonel By Drive,

OTTAWA,

Ontario (ON),

K1S 5B6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Secondary school (high school) graduation is the typical level required for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program. Applicants must need the full IB diploma (three subsidiary [SL] and three higher level [HL] subjects), with a minimum of 28 points (please note that some programs are more competitive, so will require higher scores). Applicants may have one subject with a grade of 3, provided it is offset by a grade of 5 or better. Prerequisite subjects must have a grade of 4 or better. IB students may be awarded advanced standing (transfer) credit for HL subjects with a grade of 5 or better subject to the discretion of the appropriate faculty, to a maximum of 3.0 credits. English language requirement: Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Minimum score of 70 overall with a minimum score of 60 on each band; Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL: 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 reading and listening); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 IELTS (min 6.0 each band); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 60 (min 60 in each Communicative Skill); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85 (min. score of 80 on each section).

For international students

Secondary school (high school) graduation is the typical level required for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program.

Entry requirements vary country by country.

Students with scores shown in below may be admitted with English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR).

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall score between 40 and 69 (with a minimum score in each band of 30 and a minimum average of 40 over writing, reading, and listening)

Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL - 61-85 (min 15 each section)

IELTS (Academic) - 5.0 – 6.4 (min 4.5 each band and the average of writing plus reading plus listening divided by 3 must be a min. of 5)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - N/A

Duolingo English Test (DET) - 85-110 (with no subtest score below 65)

Application Deadline: April 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Carleton University

Students at Carleton University experience immersive learning through degree-related work experience, hands-on research, and community engagement.

  • Located in a beautiful green space close to downtown Ottawa
  • Most programs offer co-op (paid work-study experience)
  • 14 per cent of students are international
  • Second most sustainable university in Canada

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