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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

Sep 19
Please RSVP by Sept 13th
The University College Alumni Association (UCAA) invites you to come learn about the College’s plans for the coming academic year and give your feedback on our programming.

The UCAA’s objective is to promote community among alumni, and between alumni, students, and University College. The UCAA presents the opinions and recommendations of alumni to the administration and faculty of the College, and serves as a resource in advancing the College’s mission.
Sep 26
Lecture
Please RSVP by Sept 17th
When Justin Trudeau won the 2015 federal election, predictions that he’d be prime minister for at least two terms came even before his first had begun. After all, his youth and Canada’s electoral history suggested a mere four years of Liberal government was unlikely. Instead, the 2019 election turns out to be highly competitive. UC Alumnus John Geddes, Maclean’s magazine’s Ottawa bureau chief, will talk about the contest as it gathers steam.    
Nov 13
Reception / Ceremony
The Alumni of Influence awards were established in 2012 in the belief that the success stories of our alumni should be known to current students and fellow graduates.
Nov 20
Please RSVP by Nov 12th
The past 10 years has given us genetically edited babies, machines that can learn, gravitational waves and the Higgs boson. Join Ivan Semeniuk, science reporter for the Globe and Mail as he looks back on one the most consequential decades in the history of science and tries to divine which areas of research are ripe to transform our world in the 2020s and beyond.

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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