Department of Indigenous Studies

Department of Indigenous Studies

Our program focuses on local, national and global Indigenous histories and cultures. We also encourage students to ask broader questions about perspective, power, methodology and justice to further develop their critical thinking and communication skills.  

Indigenous Studies can be taken as a major or a minor and our program is tailored to work well alongside another major or degree. Our program draws on a range of other disciplines, which means your studies could include a specific focus on politics, history, culture, the arts or education.

During your studies, you will interact with leading researchers and practitioners in the field and internships with leading industry partners. Through our PACE (Professional and Community and Engagement) program, you will be taken out of the classroom and into an industry related scenario where you’ll get hands-on experience in the field.

Students outside the department are encouraged to enrol in our People and Planet units, which have been designed to broaden your understanding of what it means to live in the social world. More information on our units can be found in the Handbook.

Higher degree research

Our department conducts a wide range of research. We are particularly focused on developing emerging Indigenous scholars by providing excellent supervision, guidance and networking opportunities.

Potential research projects should be discussed with a staff member in your field of interest, but we place no real limit on project topics if they fit into the overall methods and ethics of Indigenous Studies. Find out more about applying here or to find out more about the work undertaken by researchers within this department. Interested in finding a supervisor? We're here to help.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to 


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