Academic Calendar 2023/24

Indo-Canadian Studies

India-Canada Studies certificate

The curriculum of the India-Canada Studies certificate is across various disciplines and is structured so as to give students:

  • A sound basis in a range of essential areas of knowledge.
  • A solid understanding of a diverse area of study about a sub-continent and its Canadian Diaspora.
  • An opportunity to develop deeper knowledge and skills in a specialized area of concentration that is very useful for this local area, B.C., and Canada.

The inter-disciplinary nature of the program allows a broad breadth of knowledge within a concentration. The structure of the curriculum allows full- or part-time students to complete the certificate in a timely manner.

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or minimum 19 years of age before the first day of classes.
  2. Applicants must meet the Entry-level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

This certificate is intended for students who wish to complete it at the same time as they pursue another program. Students must ensure that they meet course prerequisites.

Program outline

Core courses

Course Title Credits
HIST 264 History of India: Akbar to Independence 3
GEOG 233C Geography of Selected Regions: South Asia 3

Social stream (at least two courses)

Course Title Credits
INCS 390 Canada-India Field Studies 6
INCS 392 Immigration and Social Integration: The Indo-Canadian Experience 3
INCS 396 Identity, Cultural Politics, and Service Delivery 3
HIST 265 India and the Indo-Pacific World 3
HIST 314 The Rise and Fall of the British Empire 4
HIST 364 Indian Social History 4
HIST 464 India, the Punjab and Diaspora: A Study of Migration and Community Formation in Canada 4
HIST 465 British India 4
GEOG 433I Advanced Geography of a Selected Region: South Asia 4
GEOG 470 Advanced Field Studies in Geography 5
ANTH 303C Ethnography of a Selected Area: South Asia 4
ANTH 403C Cultures and Symbolism in Northwest India (discontinued) 4

Culture, Literature, and Language stream (at least two courses)

Course Title Credits
ENGL 245 Introduction to South Asian Literature 3
ENGL 380 South Asian Literature 4
ENGL 382 India in English 4
FILM 312 India on Film (formerly FILM 220) 3
AH 320E Art & Culture: Special Topics: Contemporary Politics and Culture in India 4
PHIL 353 Classical Indian Philosophy 3
PUNJ 101 Introduction to Punjabi I 3
PUNJ 102 Introduction to Punjabi II 3
PUNJ 210 Intermediate Punjabi I 3
PUNJ 211 Intermediate Punjabi II 3
RLST 202 Religions of the East 3
RLST 320 The Buddhist Tradition 3

Program requirements

  • 30 credits
  • Two core courses
  • Two courses from Social stream
  • Two courses from Culture, Literature, and Language stream
  • Four electives from either stream (unless fewer are needed to bring the credit totals to 30)
  • At least four of the above need to be upper-level courses

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students must complete at least 25% of the credits required in the certificate at UFV.

Graduation requirements

Upon completion of the required 30 credits, with a program GPA of 2.00, students may apply for the India-Canada Studies certificate.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students