The First Nations and Indigenous Studies curriculum is based around a set of core courses which are requirements for the major and minor degrees. An integral part of the FNIS major is the opportunity to complete a research practicum with a local organization through FNIS 400. In addition to the core courses, students take approved courses in other departments to complete the requirements for the interdisciplinary major or minor.

The UBC Faculty of Arts is offering all BA courses online this fall, for the health and safety of us all, and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies looks forward to hosting courses virtually in fall term. For registration, please build your schedule as you normally would, as you can expect fall courses to combine both synchronous (live, real-time instruction) and asynchronous activities. Each instructor will be customizing their course with a mix of online meetings during scheduled hours, and other activities, projects, and discussions during your own time. If you have questions, please reach out to the instructor and/or 


Request to be on the Waitlist

Core Courses (FNIS 100, 210, 220, 300, 310, and 320)
This year, FNIS 100, 210, and 220 all have official waitlist sections on the SSC for you to register in once the course section is full or blocked. If 310 or 320 are full or blocked, please e-mail to be placed on a waiting list.

Special Topic Courses (FNIS 401, 451, 452, 453, 454 and 455)
For our special topic courses that are full, please email the instructor directly to inquire about course enrolment.

Graduate Courses
For more information about our graduate courses, click here.


Request to Waive Course Prerequisite/Corequisite

Core Courses (FNIS 300, 310, and 320)
Application Deadline: July 15, 2021

The primary purpose of prerequisites and corequisites is to ensure students possess the necessary skills to be academically successful. However, there may be exceptional cases where students acquire the requisite skill or knowledge through other means.

Students wishing to request a prerequisite/corequisite waiver for FNIS 210, 220, 300, 310, and 320 must meet the below requirements to be considered:

  • Min. of 6 credits of course work with Indigenous content
  • Min. of 68% in all FNIS courses you have completed

If students meet these requirements, the following must be submitted to to be reviewed by the program for consideration:

  • Filled and completed Pre-req_Co-req_Request_Form
  • Letter outlining your reasons for your request (max. 500 words)
  • 1 writing sample (e.g. term paper, easy, etc.)
  • Copy of Transcript (can be unofficial)

*Please note, submitting this form does not guarantee acceptance to the course for which the waiver is requested. You are encouraged to register for courses you currently meet the requirements for while your request is being considered.

Special Topic Courses (FNIS 401, 451, 452, 453, 454 and 455)
Students requesting to have their course prerequisites waived for Special Topic courses must contact the instructor directly.

If the instructor is listed as to be determined (TBD), please contact the Main Office at