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Certificate in Canadian Studies

Ever wonder why Canada gets named one of the best places in the world to live? Build a better understanding of the country. Become an ambassador! Learn and share with the world the elements that make Canada unique and special.

About the certificate

Enhance your degree with the interdisciplinary study of Canadian topics and themes. This certificate is open to any major field of study at UCalgary. Examine Canada through a historical lens and method in your two core courses. Then explore the study of Canada from the perspectives of at least two other disciplines in your elective courses.

Talk to a program advisor about adding the certificate to your degree.

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As easy as 1,2,3

Follow these steps to enroll in the certificate

Talk to an advisor

See if the certificate is right for you. Work out a roadmap to finishing your degree and certificate successfully.

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Declare the certificate

Add the program to your student centre: Under the “Admissions” header, select “Change of Program” and complete the online application to add the embedded certificate to your degree.


For more information about the embedded certificate, contact the Academic Coordinator, Glenn Wilkinson, PhD.



To earn the embedded certificate in Canadian Studies, students will complete 2 core courses (6 units) and an additional 12 units from the field of Canadian Studies. 9 units must be at the senior level, including at least 3 units at the 400 level or higher.

  1. HTST 211: Canada: Origins to 1867

    An introduction to the dynamic themes in early Canadian history. Special attention will be devoted to social, economic, and political development, White-Aboriginal relations and the settlement of the Maritimes and the Canadas, and the opening of the West. Course Hours: 3 units; (3-0)

  2. HTST 213: Canada Since 1867

    Themes in the development of the Canadian nation from Confederation to the present, with particular attention to federal-provincial relations, economic development, social movements, and western political protest. Course Hours:3 units; (3-0)

There are more than 100 undergraduate courses offered in various faculties that are approved as elective courses for the embedded certificate in Canadian Studies.

*Note: Many of the courses on the electives list have prerequisites and some may be in high demand. Registration in these courses is not assured. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed.





Art History

Canadian Studies

Communication and Media Studies

Development Studies







Gender and Sexuality Studies


Indigenous Languages

Indigenous Studies

Law and Society

Museum and Heritage Studies

Political Science


Urban Studies

*Subject to approval by the Department of History.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the certificate, successful students will be able to: 

  1. Express a nuanced and historically-aware understanding of the development of Canada and Canadian society, including Indigenous-settler relations and settlement of various Canadian regions, the development of the Canadian nation, federal-provincial relations, economic development, and social movements. This outcome is assured by the two core courses in Canadian history. 
  2. Draw upon interdisciplinary methods and approaches to Canadian history, society, culture, and issues. As disciplines have themselves become more interdisciplinary over the past few decades, this outcome is assured through exposure to interdisciplinary methods within various subject areas. 
  3. Draw upon the approaches and methods of different disciplines to Canadian history, society, culture, and issues. This outcome is assured by the requirement that students complete courses from three subject areas. 
  4. Formulate and communicate analyses and arguments from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. This outcome is assured through various forms of written and oral assessment in the courses that make up the certificate. Requiring at least one course at the 400 level or higher ensures an advanced level of communication and assessment.