Associate of Arts Aboriginal Studies

Associate Degree
  • Part Time
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Fall 2023 - Intersession 2025
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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

ABST-100 Yinka Dene Worldview 3 15 weeks
ABST-101 Aboriginal Peoples of Canada 3 15 weeks
ABST-150 Conversational Carrier 3 15 weeks
ABST-220 Indigenous Research Methods 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
HIST-104 History of Canada Since 1867 3 15 weeks


100- or 200- level MATH or CSC;

Any university-studies CSC or MATH course(s), which may include Statistics courses taught in Business or Psychology

200-level ABST

Minimum 9.0 credits. Non-ABST courses with an Aboriginal focus may be substituted with the permission of the Dean or designate.

200-level Arts

Any 200-level non-ABST university studies Arts course(s)

200-level; elective

Any university-studies 200-level Humanities or Social Sciences course(s)

100- or 200- level Math of Science

Any university-studies BIO, CHEM, CSC, GEOG, MATH, PHYS course(s)

100- or 200- level lab science

Any university-studies BIO, CHEM, GEOG, PHYS course(s) with a laboratory component

100-or-200 level electives

Any university-studies course(s)


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.

Fall 2023 Prince George In Class 2 year
Spring 2024 Prince George In Class 2 years
Intersession 2024 Prince George In Class 2 years
Spring 2025 Prince George In Class 2 years
Intersession 2025 Prince George In Class 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.

Open admission

Any program of study that does not have a selective admission process or fixed capacity and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

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

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