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Degrees Offered
What is Canadian Studies?
Joint Degrees with the Faculty of Education
Required Courses
Career Paths
How to Apply
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Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (combined degree with the Faculty of Education)
  • Co-operative Education


What is Canadian Studies?

From Canada and beyond
As a Canadian Studies student you will examine emerging issues facing our country from within our borders and without, including our relationship with our closest neighbour - the United States - and our participation in the global sphere.

At the core of every Canadian Studies course are three questions:

  • What does it mean to be Canadian?
  • What makes our society different from and similar to others around the world?
  • How do Canadians express their identities?

The program helps you understand the history, people, industry and politics of Canada, and our unique institutions, policies and identities. You will be exposed to a broad approach that considers many perspectives: social, religious, geographical, political, cultural, economic, educational and legal. The program challenges your preconceived notions and beliefs to help you gain knowledge and understanding.

 The issues you will learn about in Canadian Studies include:

  • Canada's national institutions and public policies
  • Canada's diverse regional and multicultural identities
  • Responsibilities, expectations and rights of citizenship in Canada
  • Canadian arts and cultures
  • Cultural issues facing the First Nations in Canada
  • Ways in which Canadians preserve their heritages

 You are also encouraged to study a second language such as French or Native language.

Canadian Studies (CNST) also has the status of a minor field of study for students registered in either a Major or Honours degree program in the Faculty of Communication & Culture or in a Faculty such as Humanities, Science or Social Sciences.  


 Joint Degree with the Faculty of Education
You may pursue a five-year program which leads to both the Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies degree and the Bachelor of Education (Master of Teaching Program) degree.

The program requires careful selection of courses to complete all requirements of both Faculties. View program details in the University Calendar.


 Career Paths
Canadian Studies and other liberal arts degrees open doors to a wide range of professions and careers. Canadian Studies graduates have gone onto careers such as the following:

  • Diplomatic Officer
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Government Relations Advisor
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Historical Researcher
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Immigration Officer
  • Indigenous Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Labour Relations Representative
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst 
  • Teacher


To Apply Click Here.


Have More Questions? 
For comprehensive advising on your program of studies, contact:

 Student Success Centre
4th Floor, MacEwan Student Centre

For more details on the Canadian Studies program, contact

 Dr. George Melnyk
Program Co-ordinator


Jennifer Perrott


Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean- Interdisciplinary


SS110, 220-6318,


For more course information visit the University Calendar.