Canadian Studies

The Canadian Studies Program offers a wide range of courses that challenge students to think critically about contemporary Canadian issues and events.

The courses provide innovative opportunities to explore the ways that cultural, social and political developments are linked and how they vary geographically in this diverse country.


Admission Information

  • Apply to either the Humanities or Social Sciences admission categories on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Bachelor of Arts Program

  • Canadian Studies (specialist, major, and minor)
  • Asian Canadian Studies (minor)


First-Year Courses

The Canadian Studies Program does not offer any courses at the first-year level. The foundation courses for the Canadian Studies Program are CDN 267H1 – Canadian Nationalisms and CDN 268H1 – Canada and Globalization, and are open to first-year students.


Advice for First Year

Canadian Studies does not require any courses at the first-year level. Students are encouraged to take a wide range of introductory courses that will allow maximum flexibility in course selection in higher years.  Students registered in any stream of UC One (University College) can count the course towards their Canadian Studies program requirements.



A specialist or major in Canadian Studies is excellent preparation for a career in media, government, law, education, social service, and positions in Canadian cultural institutions.

Specialists have the unique opportunity to undertake directed honours research on their own interests.

A minor in Canadian Studies or Asian Canadian Studies can be a useful qualification for students with a major in a discipline such as Art, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Political Science or Sociology. Many of our students also take classes in Indigenous Studies, Equity Studies, Sexual and Diversity Studies, and Transnational and Diaspora Studies.


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year