Approved Course List

The Approved Course List (ACL) is the official index of UBC courses that students may take towards their major or minor in FNIS.

Please note that offerings, pre-requisites, and instructors may change without notice. To confirm the information below, please check department listings on UBC’s official online course schedule. Not all courses with significant Aboriginal content appear on this list. Courses that are not on this list but have significant Aboriginal content (including those outside the Faculty of Arts) may be considered for credit toward a major or minor by special arrangement. Please contact the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Advisor for more information.

If you have any questions about course planning, current course offerings or degree navigator, please contact First Nations and Indigenous Studies at

Recent Updates:

2017W Approved Course List

ANTH 100 992 (3) Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
~Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Kramer, Jennifer

GEOG 352 921 (3) Urbanization in the Global South
~Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Greenberg, Charles

ENGL 110 JL1 (3) Approaches to Literature
~Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Roberts, Duff



Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society (HGHES)

May 14 – Jun 2 (Skidegate)

  • Social-Ecological Change: An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Resilience
    Instructors: McCarthy, Dan and Collison, Jisgang Nika
  • Environmental Assesment in Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Contexts
    Instructors: McCarthy, Dan and Alsop, Gaagwiis Jason

June 4 – June 23 (Skidegate)

  • Plant Ecology and Diversity
    Instructors: MacKinnon, Andy and Wilson, Kii’iljuus Barbara
  • Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany
    Instructors: Turner, Nancy and Wilson, Kii’iljuus Barbara

*Deadline to apply is March 5, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit 


Place-Based Learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory

~Prerequisite: This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in fields such as education, healthy, anthropology, geography, philosophy, sociology, Indigenous studies, environmental studies, etc.

Instructor: Friedel, Tracy L. (UBC)

Course dates: August 13 – August 24, 2018

*Deadline to apply was February 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Social Innovation Summer in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas (3 credits)
Choose from 3 courses:

  • Art & Intercultural Studies
  • Citizenship: Social & Political Practice
  • Social Entrepreneurship

~Prerequisites: none

Instructor: TBA

Course dates: July 2 – August 3, 2018

*This course is offered off-campus and requires an application. Deadline to apply was February 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit: