Program Information

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Lambton College is excited to share a new project that will address the university attainment gap for Indigenous students as well as provide an opportunity for non-Indigenous students to be better equipped to understand varied perspectives as daily life and mainstream employment intersect with Indigenous people.

Students will learn about the historical and contemporary relationships between Canada and Indigenous people as well as Indigenous ways of knowing. A liberal studies diploma treaded with Indigenous electives provides a well rounded education that develops students' critical thinking and innovation, so they can communicate effectively, formulate effective arguments and solve problems preparing students for a variety of career paths. Graduates of an honours degree program will be eligible to continue their academic paths onto various graduate disciplines.

Please Note: Students graduate with a Liberal Studies Ontario College Diploma.

As true pathway program, eligible graduates can continue their educational journey toward earning a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies degree with McMaster University or Wilfrid Laurier University. Eligible graduates can also consider university pathway agreements with Huron College, Brescia College, or King’s College in the area of Liberal Studies.

College Diploma to University Degree in Four Years

Lambton College is working in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University providing an opportunity for students to enrol in the Liberal Studies - Indigenous Studies pathway. This 2 + 2 pathway to Indigenous-focused degree programs allows student to complete a diploma and a university honours degree in four years.

Students who graduate with an overall 75% are eligible to apply to:

Wilfrid Laurier University
Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies

McMaster University
Honours Bachelor of Arts - Indigenous Studies

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact Review the Mature Student Admission process

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

Course List

ANT-1003: Intro to Physical Anthropology

Introduction to Physical Anthropology looks at the origins of the human "animal", where we came from, where we're going, what happened, and what IS happening. It traces the evolution of human form, society, and cultural development; looks at the study of genetic inheritance, the contributions of forensics and primatology, and the revolutions of culture. Literally stones to bones and everything in between!

COM-1013: Critical Thinking & Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students practice thinking critically and organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research-writing course.

PSY-1003: Psychology 1

This course focuses on how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to see psychology as an objective way of studying human experience.

SCU-1403: Indigenous Family Structure

This course explores the general impacts of colonization and the Canadian Child Welfare System on Indigenous parenting of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) societies through an analysis of pre- and post-contact. Students are introduced to Indigenous Worldviews and explore historic and systemic racism from a trauma informed lens. As part of the overall learning, students participate in Indigenous learning methodologies.

SCU-2003: Indigenous Wholistic Practices

Examine a wholistic view of land based health and wellness as practiced by Indigenous Peoples past, present, and future. Analyse the impact of colonization and associated ethical impacts. Define wholistic health and wellness for community, individuals, and society.

MTH-1163: General Mathematics 1

This general course in mathematics reviews and enhances topics in arithmetic, algebra, linear graphs, measurement, and statistics. A problem solving approach is used throughout the course, and there are many practical applications.

COM-2053: Communications for Community Services

This course enhances students' communication skills in preparation for work in community services. Through the theme of "advocacy and education," students read, examine, and respond to selected essays and articles, creating research reports and research presentations to share with their peers. The research process provides students with the opportunity to develop their writing skills through critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation. These skills are necessary for success in current and future college courses, the workplace, and students' personal lives.

PSY-1053: Human Relations

This course provides a forum for enhancing students' abilities and understanding of the value to human social interaction through communication and connection. This course places a strong emphasis on applied learning in the context of communicating with others, recognizing that personal development evolves from social interaction. Course topics include the study of emotion-focused brain functionality, self-understanding and awareness, understanding the importance of perception skills in relationships, developing strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills, recognizing prosocial leadership skills, understanding and establishing healthy team dynamics, and addressing conflicts in relationships.

SCU-1803: Impacts - Truth & Reconciliation

Examine historical context and content contributing to development and implementation of residential schools in Canada. Holistically explore the impact of law, colonization and the resulting cultural genocide in Canada. Analyze the findings of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and resulting 94 Calls to Action.

SCU-2203: First Nations, Metis and Inuit Perspectives

Examine First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) societies' pre and post contact. Critically analyse impacts of colonization on First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Explore cultural, political, social, and economic perspectives relevant to FNMI peoples. Critique generational impacts and examine the relevance of measures such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people.

Academic Break

SOC-1003: Sociology I

Sociology is a social science focusing on the systematic and diverse study of human group life. This course introduces students to the discipline of sociology and the sociological approach to understanding humans and our behaviour. This course attempts to develop one's ability to critically examine our world and relate it to our own lives. This course concentrates on a Canadian perspective and covers topics such as culture, socialization, social interaction, crime, deviance and stratification.

POL-1003: Canadian Politics & Government 1

Explain the structure and function of government within society with a focus on the Canadian context. Critically examine the complexities of the Canadian federal system in relationship to social, political, and economic change. Investigate the influence that geography, language, religion, and ethnicity have had and examine their implications to issues of regionalism and diversity. Explore the role of political parties and the electoral system and their influence on voting patterns and citizen engagement.

ELEC-0003: Elective-3

SCU-2303: Indigenous Connection to the Land

Critically evaluate the impact of law, colonization, and treaties for Indigenous and Canadian citizens. Examine a variety of treaties that have influenced society and their resulting conflict of interests as demonstrated within current law.

SCU-1903: Indigenous Peoples Media and Art

Examine a wide variety of media and artistic sources that have influenced Canadian and Indigenous societies. Analyze the power dynamics influencing Canadian society, past, present, and future, and critique the respective generational impact on Indigenous Peoples.

ANT-2003: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology looks at people - all people, everywhere, and everything they do, laugh at, believe, love, desire or dream about. It examines cultural and behavioural differences as well as similarities, the way that people with differing "life styles" structure their cultures, and the cultural characteristics which are common to us all. Language, religion, art, social inequality and modern world order are all highlighted within a cross-cultural framework. If you're a "people" watcher then this is the course you've been waiting for!

POL-2003: Canadian Politics & Government 2

You can change the system! Protest, debate, participate and foster innovation! Understanding politics allows a person to make a difference in the political system. This course is a survey of the behaviour of individuals, groups, and institutions within the Canadian political system. Topics include the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. In addition, bureaucracy, mass media, political socialization, advocacy groups, lobbying and Canada's external environment are identified.

PSY-2003: Psychology 2

This course focuses on how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to investigate the application of psychological information to people's lives.

SCU-1503: Global Citizenship First Nations, Metis and Inuit Perspectives

Explore the broad impact of globalization on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada. Examine the revitalization of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and being (ontology and epistemology) in Canada and abroad and explore its influence on the notion of 'Global citizenship' that provides a framework to facilitate restoration of balance, sustainability, and conservation for future generations. Implement an experiential learning opportunity (e.g., culminating project) within community demonstrating the value of Indigenous Knowledge (e.g., global citizenship engagement).

SCU-1703: First Nations Languages - Resilience & Reclamation

Explore First Nations languages traditional to Turtle Island (North America) reflecting on origins, teachings, and storytelling. Holistically examine the colonial impacts and the resilience, resurgence, and reclamation of First Nations languages.

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Employment Opportunities

Our graduates use the Liberal Studies program to transfer to university or college diploma programs. Some graduates opt to enter direct employment. Recent data shows that Liberal Studies graduates are in high demand in a number of sectors, for instance, in the technology field. Graduates can also be found in community agencies, administration, marketing, education and social services.

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