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Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages

Program Description

The Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages (HBAOL) is a fully accredited (honours four-year) undergraduate degree focusing on Mohawk or Cayuga language and is organized into four streams: language, grammar, lifelong learning, and community engagement. Graduates develop strong communication, research, evaluation and critical thinking skills in all four streams, moving through a program that allows them to develop and demonstrate the ability to identify problems and propose solutions, both individually and collectively, contributing to language revitalization efforts in all its forms.

After successful completion of the first year focusing on foundational courses, students will select the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages degree program or the Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages. Throughout the Honours program, you can expect to have an immersive language experience, taking courses like Master Apprentice, Language Practice, and Language and Grammar 4. Additionally, students will become versed in Indigenous Research Methods and other topics of their choosing.

Program Highlights

  • Study in the Six Nations of the Grand River community
  • 4-year program or 8 semesters
  • Honours Bachelor’s of Arts degree, accredited by Six Nations Polytechnic
  • Reach up to an intermediate low speaking proficiency in your selected program language (Cayuga / Mohawk)


  • The Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages (HBAOL) is a unique program that has a wide range of course options allowing students to tailor their degree to meet their individual needs whether it is purely achieving language proficiency and/or gaining experience within the field of Indigenous research and other topics.
  • Contact Admissions for more information regarding the categories of Listener, Audit, or Letter of Permission if you are interested in continuing studies in or outside of a university program.
Admission Requirements
  • Admission is on the basis of an OSSD transcript
  • A 65% admission average is required on the best six Grade 12 university or mixed (i.e., 12U or 12M) courses
  • Students who do not meet the admission requirement may be considered for admission as a Mature Student with limited course enrollment. Contact the Admissions Officer for more details.
Career Paths
  • Teacher 
  • Educator  
  • Professor  
  • Teaching Assistant 
  • Instructor 
  • Librarian 
  • Historian  
  • Environmental conservation officer  
  • Education Resource Developer 
  • Curriculum Writer 
  • Curriculum Resource Developer 
  • Policy Analyst 
  • Community Developer  
  • Writer 
  • Researcher 
  • Education Administrator  
  • Translator 
  • Language Revitalization Strategist

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Accrediting Institution
Six Nations Polytechnic
Program Length
4 Years
Next Program Intake
Second Degree Intake September 2024 (previous BAOL students) | Level 1 Intake September 2025
Six Nations Campus


Six Nations Polytechnic
2160 Fourth Line
PO Box 700
Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0
Six Nations of the Grand River

General Contact:

Program Contact

Admissions Officer
519-445-0023 ext. 6226