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Canadian Studies

University of Toronto is home to an outstanding concentration of expertise on the study of Canada. Enroll in Canadian Studies to gain a critical understanding of contemporary Canada and make lasting, constructive contributions to the communities in which we live.

Canadian Studies Undergraduate Program

  • Our classes are small.
  • Our approach is flexible.
  • You'll engage the wider community with respect to both teaching and research.
“Canada is being reconstructed daily.”
Pico Iyer

We ask critical questions.

Internationally-acclaimed essayist and travel writer Pico Iyer observed during a recent visit to the program, “Canada is being reconstructed daily.” But how is it being reconstructed? With what aims? Who is included? Who is excluded? These are the kinds of critical questions that are addressed and passionately debated in the Canadian Studies program.

Open Book

Core courses

The core courses (CDN267H1/CDN268H1, CDN367H1/CDN368H1) provide an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary Canadian issues. You can build on these courses to design a program that reflects your own interests.

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Flexible options for your degree

You may choose to undertake a Specialist, Major or Minor degree in Canadian Studies, all of which are easily combined with more traditional disciplinary areas of study.

Upcoming Events

Apr 8-23
Job Posting
Apply on CLN by April 23rd at 11:59 pm.
We are now accepting applications for the Student Life Intern (Orientation & Transition) position.  Have a role in supporting first year student transition, coordinating student leaders, event planning and more!
Apr 8 to May 1
Job Posting
Apply for a Summer Student Staff Position today!
Become engaged and connected with the Office of the Dean of Students this year with our Summer Work Study positions! 
Apr 24
Reception / Ceremony
The Bonham Centre Awards were established in 2008 to recognize significant contributions to sexual diversity education, activism, and advocacy by an individual or group. 
May 8
Please RSVP by May 5th
A book launch for Doing Politics Differently? by former UC Principal Sylvia Bashevkin. A look into Women Premiers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories. Featuring a panel discussion on the impact of women premiers in Canada

Student Initiatives

There are a number of exciting new initiatives underway by students, for students. These include the annual Canadian Studies Conference and the undergraduate journal. 

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Canadian Studies Student Union (CSSU)

The CSSU creates social and academic opportunities for Canadian Studies students to meet each other outside of the classroom environment. Activities include regular pub nights and guest speaking engagements.

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Women in House

This program aims to promote greater female representation in the government by inviting female students to shadow the lives of female Canadian politicians for a full day in Ottawa.

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Undergraduate Journal

ImagiNATIONS is our undergraduate journal. Created by students with the support of the program, this publication encourages and nurtures students engaging with the issues influencing our country.

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Canadian Studies Conference

This student-run conference provides students the opportunity to showcase the research that they have undertaken on Canadian issues.

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