Indigenous Studies

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

In the interdisciplinary Indigenous Studies program you'll learn about indigenous perspectives and governance, the justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, and the protection of heritage in the Okanagan, Canada, U.S., and world communities. You'll build the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in government, in Aboriginal Peoples organizations, in indigenous leadership roles and resource management, or to pursue graduate studies.

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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Indigenous Studies offers interdisciplinary perspectives on indigenous peoples from the Okanagan, Canada, and world communities. You’ll examine topics such as Indigenous governance, the justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, the protection of heritage, Indigenous theory, and more.

Undergraduate research

In third or fourth year you have the option of completing directed studies, where you will undertake a supervised investigation of an assigned topic in Indigenous studies, culminating in a major term paper. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

Campus features

The involvement of the Okanagan nation and the En’owkin Centre in its development and in ongoing partnership provides a strong foundation in the Okanagan community, and ensures continuing input from Indigenous perspectives.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements.

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