Major and Minor Requirements

This program is pending approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Students can pursue a Major or Minor in FNEL. Alongside classes in which students can learn First Nations languages at all levels, from introductory to advanced, FNEL courses explore the processes and protocols for the documentation, conservation, revitalization, and reclamation of endangered languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge systems locally, regionally and internationally.

Students pursuing a Major may wish to consider a double Major or a Minor in related areas such as First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Anthropological Archaeology, Linguistics, English Language, English Literature, History, Political Science, or Canadian Studies, among other options.

Major Requirements

This program is pending approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The Major requires the completion of at least 66 credits in FNEL and related areas, of which 30 credits must be at the 300/400 level.

FNEL Language Requirement

  • 12 credits of FNEL 100- and 200-level language courses*

*Students may choose to study a single FNEL language, or may study different FNEL languages for a total of 12 credits.

Lower-level Requirements

Students must complete the following 12 credits of 100- and 200-level FNEL and FNIS courses:

  • FNEL 180 (3)
  • FNEL 281 (3)
  • FNEL 282 (3)
  • FNIS 100 (3)
  • At least 12 credits from the Recommended Course List at the 100- and 200-level

Upper-level Requirements

Students must complete at least 15 credits of upper level FNEL courses, as follows:

  • A minimum of 6 credits from FNEL 389 (3), FNEL 448 (3-12), FNEL 481 (3) or FNEL 482 (3)
  • A minimum of 9 credits from FNEL 300- and 400-level language courses, FNEL 380 (3), FNEL 381 (3), FNEL 382 (3), FNEL 480 (3) or FNEL 483/489* (3-12)
  • At least 15 credits from the Recommended Course List at the 300- and 400-level. These 15 credits must include courses from at least three different disciplinary fields

*FNEL 483 was previously listed as FNEL 489

Minor in First Nations and Endangered Languages

This program is pending approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The Minor requires the completion of at least 36 credits in FNEL and related areas, of which 18 credits must be at the 300/400 level.

FNEL Language Requirement

  • 6 credits from FNEL 100- and/or 200-level language courses*

*Students may choose to study a single FNEL language, or may study two different FNEL languages for a total of 6 credits.

Lower-level Requirements

Students must complete at least 6 credits of 100- and 200-level FNEL courses, as follows:

  • 6 credits from FNEL 180, 281 and 282
  • At least 6 credits from the Recommended Course List at the 100- and 200-level

Upper-level Requirements

Students must complete at least 9 credits of upper level FNEL courses, as follows:

  • A minimum of 6 credits from FNEL 389 (3), FNEL 448 (3-12), FNEL 481 (3) or FNEL 482 (3)
  • A minimum of 3 credits from FNEL 300- and 400-level language courses, FNEL 380 (3), FNEL 381 (3), FNEL 382 (3), FNEL 480 (3) or FNEL 483/489* (3-12)
  • At least 9 credits from the Recommended Course List at the 300- and 400-level. These 9 credits must include courses from at least 2 different disciplinary fields

*FNEL 483 was previously listed as FNEL 489

Faculty of Arts Requirements

Students should refer to the UBC Calendar to ensure they have met all of the necessary Faculty of Arts requirements. Before graduating, it is important that students contact an Arts Academic Advisor (for further information, please see Arts Academic Advising).

If you have any questions at all regarding the FNEL Major and Minor or Recommended Course List, please contact FNEL Chair, Mark Turin at mark.turin@ubc.ca.