Canadian Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why choose Canadian Studies?


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.

Program highlights

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

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

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

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


Courses in this program

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


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.


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