Canadian Studies will have you exploring what defines Canada and how that makes the national culture unique. You will study and learn about the impact of multiculturalism, government structures, bilingualism, religion and history from a number of perspectives, including understanding its impact within the world.
As a Canadian Studies student, you will gain greater understanding of the country from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Understanding Canadian culture is a path of discovery common in producing Canadian leaders. Many prominent figures, especially in the world of Canadian politics have travelled this route before you, including former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; former Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald; the Hon. Frank McKenna, former ambassador to the United States and former premier of New Brunswick; Members of Federal Parliament including Bill Casey, Geoff Regan, Rodger Cuzner, Lisa Raitt (nee MacCormack), Seamus O’Regan and Sean Fraser, as well as hundreds of past MPs, MLAs and Senators including Allan J. MacEachen and Lowell Murray.
Once you have selected Canadian Studies as a degree focus, usually by the end of your second year, you can opt for courses in Canadian literature, politics, history, environmental and social justice issues.
Canadian Studies often benefits students wishing to pursue careers in government, such as strategy analysts and communications or policy advisors.
Many students take Canadian Studies while pursuing major and honours degrees in programs like Political Science and History. Classes designated as Canadian Studies courses are offered by a number of different departments, including Economics, English, French, History, Music, Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology.
A minor in Canadian Studies can complement any major in the Arts Program.