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Canadian studies offers a multi-dimensional learning experience. For example: courses in sociology examine ethnicity, poverty and inequality. Courses in in history examine Canada's colonial past, making sense of twentieth century Québec nationalism, multiculturalism and regionalism. Labour courses cover Canada's unique approach to industrial relations and worker rights.
Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Canada from a national and international context through topics including language, geography, culture and history.
Canadian Studies is a valuable asset to a variety of exciting careers including:
- Municipal, Provincial or Federal Government
- Community Development
Canadian Studies can also prepare students to pursue a degree in Education or Law or graduate studies in areas such as History, City/Urban Planning or Canadian Studies.
The Faculty of Arts offers three- and four-year programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies.
BA degrees at a glance
BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
BA Honours: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses. Students do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects for the double honours program. This is the preferred program for students looking to pursue graduate studies.
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Expected duration: 3 years
The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.
You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Expected duration: 4 years
The honours program offers a rigorous examination of a particular subject area for those who desire a more specialized undergraduate preparation. This is the preferred program for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.
Students normally enter the program after first year, although you may be eligible to enter the program later in your undergraduate studies.
To earn a BA Honours degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses.
Students in the honours program do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects in the case of a double honours program. The program differs from the advanced program by requiring more courses in the honours field and by providing a greater intensity and depth of study.
Students should apply to enter the honours program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete the honours program on a part-time basis.
Earning a minor in Arts
A minor is comprised of 18 credit hours which are in a subject field that is different from a declared major. To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours in a subject field approved by the Faculty of Arts as a minor.
Minors offered by the Faculty of Arts are listed under each area of study’s section of the Academic Calendar. Arts students may complete minor programs offered by other Faculties/Schools providing the minor program consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours and all other degree requirements are satisfied.
Degree requirements for all BA degrees
Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:
- 6 credit hours of humanities
- 6 credit hours of social sciences
- 6 credit hours of sciences
- 3 credit hours of written English (W)
- 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
- 3 credit hours of Indigenous course content (students entering as of fall 2021)
- 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields
The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.
For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.
Sample course offerings
- CDN 1130: Introduction to Canadian Studies (6 credit hours)
- HIST 1390: History of Colonial Canada 1500-1885 (3 credit hours)
- NATV 2220: Indigenous Societies and the Political Process (3 credit hours)
- ECON 2350: Community Economic Development (3 credit hours)
- UKRN 2410: Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Experience (3 credit hours)
- ENGL 2430: The Canadian Film (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2640: Manitoba Prehistory (3 credit hours)
- POLS 2702: Introduction to Canadian Politics (3 credit hours)
- SOC 3380: Power, Politics and the Welfare State (3 credit hours)
- CDN 3730: Canadian Identity: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 credit hours)
- FREN 3850: Civalisation canadienne-francaise (3 credit hours)
- ICEL 4440: The Icelanders in Canada (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
You apply to the Bachelor of Arts program without selecting your major and minor areas of study (e.g., anthropology, political science, etc.). You make these choices after you are in the BA program.
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