Canadian Studies (BA)

Canadian Studies majors acquire a range of skills from various disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences as they develop a sophisticated understanding of Canadian society.

Canadian Studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to introduce you to various perspectives on Canadian society – its history, political and legal systems, languages and cultures, for example. You are pushed to investigate Canada from the perspectives of disciplines in the Humanities (Art, English & Theatre, French, History) and the Social Sciences (Economics, Politics, Sociology). This will deepen your understanding of current social, cultural and political trends in Canada and their historical roots. You will also develop a breadth of research, reading and writing skills that will enable you to make a significant contribution to Canadian society.  It is possible for you to earn a major in Canadian studies alone or to combine it with another discipline to receive a double major.

Be Inspired

Acadia offers a personalized education and Canadian Studies offers you flexibility in your course selection so that you can explore what interests you. One of the first things you will notice when you arrive on campus is that you are a big part of your small classes. That increased level of contact and participation enhances your learning and improves your connection to professors and fellow students inside the classroom and beyond.

Our experienced faculty will bring their research and opinions into the classroom and they will encourage you to share your ideas as you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to address complex issues facing society and to understand the role Canada plays on the world stage.

Future Careers

  • Civil service
  • Film making
  • Government
  • Historian
  • International development
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Museum curation
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Policy analysis
  • Politics
  • Teaching

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

ENGL 1x13
Writing & Reading Critically/Composition 1
FRAN xx13
Introductory French course
Introductory humanities course
Introductory social sciences course
Introductory science course

Semester Two

ENGL 1x23
Writing & Reading Critically/Composition 2
FRAN xx23
Introductory French course
Introductory humanities course
Introductory social sciences course
Introductory science course

Canadian Studies

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Acadia History Society
Acadia Politics Students' Association
Acadia Debate Club


Canadian Studies
Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 405
10 Highland Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6