Diaspora and Transnational Studies

“Diaspora” refers to the relations between homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether voluntarily or not, and to the lived experience of these communities.

“Transnational” refers to the flows and counterflows of people, as well as goods and ideas.

Diaspora and Transnational Studies explores these phenomena comparatively across cultures from the perspectives of many disciplines.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Humanities admission category 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


Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

  • Diaspora and Transnational Studies (major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies does not offer any courses at the first-year level. The foundation course for the Diaspora and Transnational Studies is DTS 200Y1 - Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies offered at the second-year level and open to first-year students.


Advice for First Year

Students interested in enrolling in the Diaspora and Transnational Studies program should take DTS 200Y1. This course is a prerequisite for the advanced level courses and is a requirement for the programs in Diaspora and Transnational Studies. This course provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of diaspora, with particular attention to questions of history, spatiality, globalization, cultural production and the creative imagination.



Direct career options include:

government mission, humanitarian, aid agency,
international NGOs
foreign service teaching, including researcher or
scholar or professor
public policy research institutes corporate industry
international aid agencies and
philanthropic organizations
consultant on multicultural issues
in the workplace
military service community/cultural development official


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First Year