Minor Undergraduate Program in Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies Departmental Advising

For general information about the Indigenous Studies programs or for student advising please contact David Roseman at david.roseman [at] mcgill.ca.

The Minor in Indigenous Studies currently provides students with a broad interdisciplinary approach to key topics in the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life on Turtle Island (North America). The core courses offered within the program focus on engaging with Indigenous knowledge systems and societies from within, in ways that promote the resurgence of these systems, while placing an emphasis on the field of Indigenous Studies’ distinct methodologies, expectations, and reciprocity in the program’s Indigenous community partnerships.

Students are encouraged to seek program credits, as complementary courses, from other courses offered at McGill which have significant Indigenous content.  They should should approach the program director for approval with a copy of the syllabus for the course in question.

Program Checklist

Completing this checklist will help you determine which course requirements you have met and which you still need to meet in order to successfully complete your program requirements. The form may be filled in and printed from Adobe Reader, but not saved with the information entered. However, having entered the information, you may use the "Print to PDF" option available in the printer menu of most computers and in this way save the form with the information entered.

Program Requirements (18 Credits)

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Core Courses (6 credits)

INDG 200: Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3 credits)
INDG 401: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Indigenous Studies (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

Important: In addition to the required core courses, students must take their complementary credits in at least two different departments and are limited to a maximum of 3 complementary course credits at the 200-level and no more than 6 complementary credits in any one discipline.

ANTH 338 Native Peoples of North America (3 credits)
ANTH 436 North American Native Peoples (3 credits)

Art History
ARTH 315 Indigenous Art and Culture (3 credits) (cross-listed with CANS 315)

Canadian Studies
CANS 306 Issues in Native Studies (3 credits)
CANS 315 Indigenous Art and Culture (3 credits) (cross-listed with ARTH 315)

ENGL 297 Special Topics of Literary Study (3 credits)
ENGL 440 First Nations and Inuit Literature and Media (3 credits)

Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies
GSFS 307: Indigenous Feminisms

GEOG 301 Geography of Nunavut (3 credits)

HIST 202 Survey: Canada to 1867 (3 credits)
HIST 223: Indigenous Peoples and Empires (3 credits)
HIST 303 History of Quebec (3 credits)
HIST 309 History of Latin America to 1825 (3 credits)
HIST 333 Natives and French (3 credits)
HIST 361 The Canadian West (3 credits)
HIST 363 Canada 1870-1914 (3 credits)
HIST 408 Colonialism and Native Peoples (3 credits)

Indigenous Studies (please note that course numbers have changed)

INDG 202 Topics in Indigenous Studies (3 credits)
INDG 300 Topics in Indigenous Studies (3 credits)
INDG 301 Contemporary Indigenous Resistance Movements (3 credits in winter)
INDG 302 Introduction to Kanien'kéha  (3 credits in Fall)
INDG 420 Indigenous Food Sovereignty (3 credits)
INDG 450 Land-based Education Field Course (3 credits)

Interdisciplinary Field Course
IDFC 500 Indigenous Field Studies (3 credits)

CMPL 500 Indigenous Peoples and the Law (3 credits)
CMPL 500D1 Indigenous Peoples and the Law (1.5 credits)
CMPL 500D2 Indigenous Peoples and the Law (1.5 credits)

LING 211 Introduction to Indigenous Languages (3 credits)
LING 411 Structure of an Indigenous Language (1.5 credits)

Political Science
POLI 372 Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian State (3 credits)
POLI 436 Aboriginal Rights in the Canadian Constitution (3 credits)

Office of Arts Student Services & Advising (OASIS)

The Arts OASIS website provides students with general academic information and advice about issues such as faculty and degree requirements, registration issues, inter-faculty transfer, study away, academic standing, or graduation. For more information, please go to the OASIS website

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