Native Studies

Native Studies

Why study this program?

Students in this program major in Human Dimensions of Environmental Management and focus on promoting stewardship of Indigenous lands within the context of government policies and industrial development. Emphasis is placed on understanding how Indigenous history, politics and cultural values influence natural resource management.

As part of this program, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a three-week environmental field school.

You can take this degree through either the Faculty of Native Studies or the Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences (ALES) and will remain enrolled in that faculty for the duration of the degree.


Why study at the University of Alberta?

We are the only independent Faculty of Native Studies in Canada, with small class sizes and a diverse student population of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

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.


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POSSIBLE CAREERS
  • Conservationist
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Environmental Communications Officer
  • Environmental Education Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Training Specialist
  • Indigenous Liaison
  • Indigenous Relations Specialist
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Researcher
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge Advisor

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Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements for 2024 - 2025

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Indigenous Students in their work towards a degree. Indigenous students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Indigenous Students refer to the U of A Calendar.

Deadline

Fall application: March 1, 2024

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

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