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  • Objectives
    Get started in becoming a leader in your community and gain an in-depth understanding of Aboriginal culture and tradition. The First Nations Community Studies program is an exciting two-year (16-month) diploma program that provides you with knowledge and skills to pursue a career that involves leadership in Aboriginal communities.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma in First Nation Community Studies
  • Course description
    Year 1

    Academic Term 1 (Fall)                    Credits


    ANTH 104
        
    Introduction to Anthropology                3.0

    ENGL 150
       
    English Composition                            3.0

    FNCS 104
       
    Indigenous Ways of Learning                3.0

    FNCS 111
       
    Circle Seminar 1                                1.0

    FNCS 116
        
    Indigenous Studies in Canada 1
            3.0

    One 1st or 2nd year University Transfer elective    3.0

    Total Credits                                16.0

          
    Academic Term 2 (Winter)        Credits

    ENGL 164
       
    First Nations Literature
                        3.0

    FNCS 112  

    Circle Seminar 2                                1.0

    FNCS 117
       
    Indigenous Studies in Canada 2 
           3.0

    FNCS 220
        
    First Nations Art Studies       
                3.0

    SOC 106
       
    First Nations (Canada Present)
            3.0

    One 1st or 2nd year University Transfer elective    3.0

    Total Credits                            16.0
          
    Year 2
        
    Academic Term 3 (Fall)                Credits


    CRIM 135
        
    First Nations and Justice                    3.0

    FNCS 211
       
    Circle Seminar 3                                1.0

    HIST 214
       
    BC History                                            3.0

    SOC 230
       
    Aboriginal Research Methodology  
          3.0

    One (1) 1st or 2nd year University Transfer elective    3.0

    One (1) of:
       
    FNCS 243
       
    Comparative Indigenous Issues 
             3.0

      or
              
      FNCS 244
        
    Language Revitalization                    3.0

    Total Credits                                    16.0
          
    Academic Term 4 (Winter)                Credits

    FNCS 204
        
    Special Individual Projects                    3.0

    FNCS 212
       
    Circle Seminar 4                                    1.0

    FNCS 232
       
    Indigenous Political Science                    3.0

    FNCS 234
       
    Language and Land                            3.0

    One 1st or 2nd year University Transfer elective    3.0

    One (1) of:
              
    FNCS 241
       
    Gender Roles in FN Communities        3.0

    FNCS 242
       
    First Nations & the Environment   
        3.0

    Total Credits                                    16.0


    You must complete four (4) electives as part of the program. These electives can be any first or second year university transfer courses, and can be taken any time during the program, including during the spring or summer semesters. If relevant, you may use transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit toward elective requirements. You will be coached and encouraged to choose electives that help you meet your personal educational goals.

    To qualify for the Diploma in First Nations Community Studies, you must successfully complete all program courses, including four (4) university transferable electives, with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

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