Northern Studies

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Take advantage of Yukon College’s northern expertise and unique location.

The two-year Northern Studies diploma program is ideal if you’re interested in broadening or formalizing your knowledge of the North and its social, political, historical and physical characteristics.

Program Description

Northern Studies is for individuals interested in broadening or formalizing their knowledge of the North and its social, political and physical features and issues.

The program is flexible, self-directed and multidisciplinary - ideally suited to individuals wishing to pursue professional and personal interests in the North, because it allows them to tailor study plans to suit their specific needs.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on College Assessments, the GED® test or the LPI test.

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a Program Advisor.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate students must:

  • complete all core courses, including two Northern Studies (NOST) core courses (6 credits)
  • complete five Northern Studies (NOST) electives (15 credits)
  • complete two social-science electives (6 credits)
  • complete two lab-science electives (6 credits)
  • complete eight open electives (24 credits)
  • complete one course (3 credits) focusing on land claims OR constitutional development
  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon College
  • complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 level or above
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)

NOTE: Students may take up to six credits from outside the School of Liberal Arts and School of Science; however, such coursework may not be transferable to programs at other post-secondary institutions.

NOTE: NOST core courses and NOST electives may be used as open electives provided all other requirements have been met. Course selection should be done in consultation with a program advisor.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.



Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Not Online, Scheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 200 - Research in the North
NOST 201 - Natural History of the North
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Northern Studies
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature


Northern Studies
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages II
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives
ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
ENVS 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Not Online, Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
LANG 140 - Language and Culture Preservation
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Unscheduled Online Online/Video
NOST 324 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World I
NOST 325 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World II Online Online/Video
NOST 326 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North I
NOST 327 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar World II
NOST 328 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North I
NOST 329 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North II Online Online/Video
PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership I
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership II
POLI 222 - Northern Resources and Environmental Law
RRMT 121 - Northern Field Biology
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment
Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism
ANTH 225 - Field Methods in Subarctic Ethnography and Archaeology
ANTH 226 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Ethnography
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders
CRIM 241 - Intro to Corrections
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 204 - Introduction to Science Fiction
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 120 - European History I
HIST 121 - European History II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought Online Online/Video
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology II Not Online, Scheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 205 - Child Development Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RELI 101 - World Religions II
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies I
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies II Unscheduled Online Online/Video
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change
WGST 230 - Women and History - Rethinking Canada
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II