Our Minor in an Algonquian Language allows you to add an Indigenous focus to your area of study. By completing a Minor in Algonquian Languages, you will have an increased knowledge of Algonquian languages as well as a better understanding of their structure, cultural importance, and usage.
We, in conjunction with the Department of Languages, offer two Minor in an Algonquian Language options; these include a Minor for Fluent Speakers and a Minor for Second Language Learners and Non-Fluent Speakers.
To complete a Minor in Native Language, you must complete a specific series of courses (three FCEs) and declare your Minor. The following information outlines the necessary courses that you must take to receive a Minor in an Algonquian Language:
Algonquian Language Minor for Fluent Speakers
If you fluently speak either Ojibwe or Cree, you can complete the following course combinations to receive a Minor in Native Languages:
- One (1) full first year ALGO course – you may satisfy this requirement by taking ALGO 1212 and ALGO 1232 (Note: we normally offer these courses during the Summer session)
- Two (2) full courses beyond the first year level – you may satisfy this requirement by taking a combination of ALGO and/or NALA courses. (Note: You can consult with the NLIP coordinator to create special course combinations)
Algonquian Language Minor for Second Language Learners and Non-Fluent Speakers
If you are currently learning Ojibwe or Cree, you can compete the following course combinations to receive a Minor in ALgonquian Languages:
- One (1) full first year OJIB or CREE course – you may satisfy this requirement by taking OJIB 1013 or 1014 and OJIB 1015 or 1016 or Cree 1010 and Cree 1012 (Note: We regularly offer these courses in the Fall and Winter sessions)
- Two (2) full courses beyond the first year level – you may satisfy this requirement by taking a combination of OJIB or CREE courses and/or appropriate NALA courses
You must maintain a 60% overall average in all three full credit courses. For more information about our Minor in Native Language offerings such as individual course descriptions, please see our Algonquian Languages Calendar entry.
To be eligible for a Minor in an Algonquian Language you must:
- Be pursuing or intending to pursue an undergraduate degree
- Complete the above course combinations
- Declare your Minor
To enrol in an undergraduate program, you must meet specific admission requirements based on your where you are currently studying or where you have studied in the past. To access more information about your specific admission requirements, please use the following resources:
- For high school students or recent high school graduates
- For mature students
- For college or university transfer students
- For international students
How to Apply
There is no formal application for a Minor in an Algonquian Language; however, you must declare your Minor and complete the above courses. Once you complete these requirements, we will add your qualifications to your academic record.