Canadian Studies class at Flemington.

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:  

  • Bachelor of Arts, honours or major in Canadian Studies
  • Any degree, minor in Canadian Studies
  • Undergraduate certificate in Canadian Arts and Culture

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.

Canadian studies courses at Mount Allison address some of the most pressing topics in contemporary society: diversity, community, cultural literacy, and national identities.

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, media and pop culture, regionalism, and Canadian foodways, while in third year you can explore gender in Canada, Canadian-American relations, and contemporary issues.

Your fourth year provides opportunities for independent studies, seminars, and advanced studies in courses such as Culture of the Maritimes, Aboriginal Political and Legal Issues, and Imagining Canada.

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)
  • 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.


NEW! Undergraduate certificate in Canadian Arts and Culture

The certificate in Canadian Arts and Culture invites students to experience and analyze different kinds of creative production, including music, theatre, literature, and visual art, made in Canada.

Undergraduate certificates are open to Mount Allison students in any program of study. Certificates (12-18 credits) are taken during your Mount Allison degree, and must be combined with a major/degree program.


Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

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