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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Canadian Studies
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (combined degree with the Faculty of Education)
Minor in Canadian Studies
Co-operative Education

What is Canadian Studies?

As a Canadian Studies student you will examine emerging issues facing our country from within our borders and without, including our relationship with our closest neighbour - the United States - and our participation in the global sphere.

At the core of every Canadian Studies course are three questions:

  • What does it mean to be Canadian?
  • What makes our society different from and similar to others around the world?
  • What makes Canada work?

The program helps you understand the history, people, industry and politics of Canada, and our unique institutions, policies and identities. You will be exposed to a broad approach that considers many perspectives:

  • Social
  • Religious
  • Geographical
  • Political
  • Cultural
  • Economic
  • Educational
  • Legal

The issues you will learn about in Canadian Studies include:

  • Canada's foreign policy, political system and national institutions
  • Canada's diverse regional and multicultural identities
  • The responsibilities and expectations of citizenship in Canada
  • Canadian arts and culture
  • Canadian law and public policy
  • Natural resources and the environment
  • National and regional trade and development

You are also encouraged to study a second language such as French or a Native language.

Joint Degree with the Faculty of Education

You may pursue a five-year program which leads to both the Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies degree and the Bachelor of Education (Master of Teaching Program) degree.

Possible Careers

  • Diplomatic Officer
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Government Relations Advisor
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Historical Researcher
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Immigration Officer
  • Indigenous Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Labour Relations Representative
  • Legislative Aide
  • Policy Analyst
  • Teacher

For more information about the field of Canadian Studies, please take a look at the CSN-REC (Canadian Studies Network-Reseau d'etudes canadiennes) website at

For more information on Canadian Studies, visit the University Calendar or contact us at:


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