Associate of Arts Aboriginal Studies

Associate Degree
TYPE:
  • Part Time
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Fort St. James - Mackenzie - Prince George - Quesnel - Vanderhoof
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Spring 2020 - Spring 2021
DELIVERY:
  • Alternate Delivery
  • Some courses are available online
Fall 2020 Program Offerings
See the list University Studies & Career Access courses for Fall offerings and in-person requirements. All in person laboratory components will be conducted with physical distancing and other necessary safety measures.
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

Aboriginal Studies (ABST) offers you a chance to better understand the cultures, traditions, history, and contemporary concerns of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and especially in the CNC region.

This program is an excellent entry into post-secondary social science and humanities for academically inclined students who are motivated to connect with the rich cultural traditions of Canada's First Nations and earn university program credits.

Careers and opportunities

Aboriginal Studies provides  a good academic foundation for a broad range of eventual private, non-profit and government sectors, including:

  • Community development
  • Education and childcare
  • Counselling and social services

Associate degrees from CNC transfer into university programs and give you preferential admission at public universities and university-colleges in BC. (Consult the British Columbia Transfer Guide and check with CNC advisors to verify transferability of credits.)

What you will learn

Aboriginal Studies courses include:

  • First Nations language and literature
  • Introductions to cultural and physical anthropology (archaeology)
  • History of Canada and its Aboriginal peoples
  • Other subjects and electives in math, science, humanities, and social science

Associate of Arts Aboriginal Studies Courses

Aboriginal Studies (ABST) offers you a chance to better understand the cultures, traditions, history, and contemporary concerns of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and especially in the CNC region. The Associate of Arts degree with an Aboriginal Studies concentration prepares you for careers in private, non-profit, and government sectors, and especially for employment by Aboriginal organizations and communities. The program also guarantees you 60 transfer credits towards a four-year degree at any public college or university in British Columbia.

Required Courses

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
ABST-111 Metis Study II-Art Mat & Cult 3 15 weeks
ABST-110 Metis Studies 3 15 weeks
ABST-100 Yinka Dene Worldview 3 15 weeks
ABST-101 Aboriginal Peoples of Canada 3 15 weeks
ABST-150 Conversational Carrier 3 15 weeks
ANTH-101 Intro to Socio-Cultural Anthro 3 15 weeks
ANTH-102 Physical Anthro. & Archaeology 3 15 weeks
ENGL-103 Composition & Style 3 15 weeks
ENGL-107 Aboriginal Literature 3 15 weeks
HIST-103 History of Canada to 1867 3 15 weeks

One of:

ENGL 219 or ENGL 220
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Arts

9 Credits taken in two or more subject areas
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH

One of:

    
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS LENGTH
MATH-100 Precalculus Mathematics 3 15 weeks
CSC-105 Intro. to Computers & Program. & Programming 3 15 weeks

Lab Science

3 credits Lab Science (excl APSC or CSC)
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Science

3 credits science
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Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

START DATE CAMPUS DELIVERY LENGTH
Fall 2020 Prince George Alternate Delivery 2 years
Fall 2020 Burns Lake Alternate Delivery 2 years
Fall 2020 Fort St. James Alternate Delivery 2 years
Fall 2020 Mackenzie Alternate Delivery 2 years
Fall 2020 Quesnel Alternate Delivery 2 years
Fall 2020 Vanderhoof Alternate Delivery 2 years
Spring 2020 Prince George Alternate Delivery 2 years
Spring 2021 Prince George Alternate Delivery 2 years

Entry Requirements

  1. Successful completion of one of the following:
    • Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples) or
    • ABE/Academic Upgrading Advanced Certificate or
    • GED Certificate or
    • Grade 11, with an outstanding academic record, in the year of application 

Note 1: It is recommended that high school students consult their counsellors to ensure they select the most appropriate high school courses for their chosen career paths. 

Note 2: The GED certificate meets the general admission requirements but does not meet specific program or course prerequisites. 

Note 3: You will need to comply with the prerequisites of the specific courses you select. 

Additional program-specific admission requirements

  1. Students who received less than a "B" in English 12 or its equivalent are encouraged to select English 103 as their first university credit English course.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Invest in your future

Please check the Fee Schedule for up-to-date information.

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities.

International Fees

The estimated cost for this program is $25,900.

This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.