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Indigenous Studies Program
Your University of Toronto degree doesn’t train you for one career, it prepares you for many careers.
Indigenous Studies graduates are interdisciplinary critical thinkers who have a rigorous and respectful understanding of Indigenous peoples' languages, cultures, histories, politics, arts and intellectual traditions. Knowledge and research methodologies of Indigenous Studies open gateways to different academic disciplines and professions. Employers value the research skills and the interdisciplinary perspective learned through the Indigenous Studies program.
What do employers value about Indigenous Studies Program graduates?
speak and write in Indigenous languages
learn and think about Indigenous knowledges in creative, transformative and critical ways
verbal and written communication skills
use quantitative and technological literacy in gathering and analyzing data
develop strategies to address social issues related to power and authority, cultural communication, poverty and discrimination
exercise multicultural awareness and intercultural experience
apply an interdisciplinary, global perspective to understand interactions of people, communities, and organizations
Within two years of graduation, 83% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $48,176/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
- Media and Communication
- Arts and Design
- Healthcare Services
graduate or professional school
An Indigenous Studies degree equips students with the research and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Adult Education
- Community Development
- Community Health
- Environmental Studies
- Forest Conservation
- Global Affairs
- Health Sciences
- Library Science
- Political Science
- Social Work
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll
Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Connect with Alumni
The Backpack to Briefcase (
Explore Your Options
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in
Enrol in the Community-Engaged Learning Course (INS460H1) to design a research project and gain hands-on experience.
In your third or final year, take independent courses to pursue a research topic that interests you.
Attend social and academic events organized by the Indigenous Studies Students’ Union.