Canadian Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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What you will learn in this program

Canadian Studies scholars ask questions such as: What does it mean to be Canadian? Is Canada truly a cultural mosaic? How do Canadians preserve their histories?

Canadian Studies is concerned with the creation, evolution and expressions of Canadian identities. This program will give you a solid understanding of the origins and transformations of the multiple Canadian identities that have been shaped by history, economics, geography, and socio-political developments. During the course of your studies, you'll gain creative thinking skills, research and analytical capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and cross-disciplinary understandings.

Career opportunities

​As a Canadian Studies graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Canadian Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

A Comparison of Canadian and American Cultures, Canadian Animation, Canadian Humour and Culture, Introduction to Folklore (The Canadian Context), ​Introduction to Canadian Studies

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Program enhancements

Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

As a country, Canada is a complicated concept defying easy explanation but is ideal for study. Our program deconstructs ideas about Canada and in the process students learn sophisticated approaches to critical thinking and problem solving. Canadian Studies is inquiry-based and interdisciplinary allowing students to run with their own interests. We support by teaching effective research skills and challenging conventional thought. If you’re up for an interpretive, intellectual journey, join us.

​What is your Canada?

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Bernard Graham is executive producer of Radio Current Affairs at CBC Calgary, including programs such as The Calgary Eyeopener and Homestretch. Graham says his UCalgary degree in Canadian studies was critical to his career development. Initially a technician, he returned to school knowing that a degree was needed to move into editorial leadership at CBC. He chose Canadian studies for its rich mix of courses on history, political science and media studies, and thinks it a good basis for aspiring journalists.

Bernard G.​, Canadian Studies Alum

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4