Native Studies

Native Studies

Why study this program?

The Native Studies Honors program provides further opportunities for research and specialization, enabling students to study their area of interest in greater depth.

It demands a higher standard of performance that provides excellent preparation for graduate studies, like the Master of Arts in Native Studies.

For more information see the BA Native Studies program description.

Why study at the University of Alberta?

We are student-centered, with a close-knit community of students, professors, and staff. We host regular Tea and Bannock potlucks, an annual tipi raising and take-down, and Games Night with the Dean.

We are research-focused, with opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects. Our courses incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge and heritage as well as contemporary Indigenous experiences.

  • Creative Writer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Indigenous Liaison
  • Indigenous Relations Specialist
  • Manager of Volunteer Resources
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Researcher

Kirsten, a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies graduate from Elk Point, AB, is currently completing a Master's degree in Indigenous Governance and hopes to one day complete her PhD.

Program Requirements

Non-Direct Entry

This program does not allow admission directly from high school. See requirements below for more details.

Program Requirements

Admission to the Honors program normally occurs at the end of the first year. Students planning to apply to the Honors program should consult the Honors/Academic advisor before applying.

Admission to Honors requires a 3.0 AGPA on 24 units of course weight, and a 3.3 GPA in all courses in the major. (Refer to Postsecondary Transfer Applicants for information on AGPA calculation.) Admission at the end of the second or third year requires a 3.0 GPA on all previous courses and a 3.3 GPA on all Native Studies courses taken. All applicants must also present the high school subject requirements specified for the BA NS program (see BA in Native Studies).

High School Requirements

There is no admission directly from high school.

Transfer Applicants

Refer to general admission requirements, above.

Nonmatriculated Applicants

There is no direct admission. Admission to the BA NS program (see BA in Native Studies) and completion of the first year meeting general admission requirements, above, is required.


Fall application

Domestic: June 30, 2024
International: June 30, 2024

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