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Canadian studies seeks to analyze and explain the Canadian experience and to explore Canada’s place in the world through Canadian-centred courses in a number of disciplines.

Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: BA honours or major; Any degree, minor

Mount Allison’s Canadian studies program is one of the oldest in the country.

The program explores Canadian issues and realities, such as the country’s vast and varied geography, regional distinctions, history and politics, public policy, culture, economy, the environment, Indigenous peoples, bilingualism, and multiculturalism.

In first year you will take introductory courses that examine contemporary Canadian issues and institutions as well as Canadian culture and identity.

Second year course options include cultural diversity, Canadian-American relations, and regionalism, while in third year you can explore Indigenous Canada, gender in Canada, and contemporary issues.

Your fourth year provides opportunities for independent studies, seminars, and advanced studies.

Canadian studies is an interdisciplinary program, which means that in addition to your Canadian studies courses, you will take Canadian-centred courses from fields including:

  • History (immigration in Canadian history, labour history, urban history)
  • English (Canadian literature, Canadian drama)
  • Sociology (citizenship, identity and difference; comparative social policy; non-profit organizations; refugee studies)
  • Music (survey of western music, music in Canada)
  • Geography (natural resources management, rural and small town Canada, Canadian environmental planning and management)
  • Anthropology (folklore, aboriginal peoples and cultures of Canada)
  • Economics (economic issues in Canadian public policy, taxation and fiscal federalism)
  • Fine Arts (art history, Canadian art)
  • French (Quebec literature and culture; Acadian history, culture, and language)
  • Political science (political parties and elections in Canada, environmental conflicts in Canada, interest groups and social movements, Canadian foreign policy)
  • International relations (Canada, globalization, and international development)

Find a list of Canadian studies courses in the academic calendar — Canadian studies.

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