Canadian Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll explore and think critically about questions like, “What did the masses of red and white at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics mean?” “What are the politics of apology?” “Is multiculturalism successful?” “How should Canada tackle climate change?” Learn about how the environment, indigenous cultures, urban planning, sovereignty, and even maple doughnuts add up to make a country.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary program, with a large range of course selection – Anthropology, Political Science, Geography, Film Studies, Sociology, and History to name just a few – taught by professors from various departments in the Faculty of Arts. You may pursue a Major in Canadian Studies or a Minor concentration that complements other Major and Honours programs within the faculty.

Campus features

The UBC Library has a number of unique Canadian and British Columbian collections including both historical and literary material. Many rare publications, manuscripts, and other documents relate to pre-Confederation history, ethnic histories, and literary figures, and there is also an extensive photographic archive.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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