This program will significantly increase your understanding of the United States and its institutions and policies. Your coursework will span topics in economics, political science, history, and more.
- Campus: Vancouver
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts
- Degree: Bachelor of Arts
- Length 4 yrs
You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
You can study intense specialization in a single field.
The influence of the United States is felt all over the world, and perhaps nowhere more than in Canada. With the U.S. so close geographically and economically, it is essential that Canadians better understand their neighbour.
The U.S. Studies program offers an exciting interdisciplinary program through the collaboration of the departments of Political Science, Economics, and History. You will combine coursework across departments and gain an in depth understanding of U.S. politics, economics, and history. You will take courses in areas as diverse as the Presidency, African-American history, and American foreign policy.
The program will provide Canadian government, corporations, and other institutions with graduates who have an excellent understanding of the U.S. and Canada-U.S. relations, and allow them to respond to employment opportunities across North America.
Although the UBC Library is not an official depository library for the U.S. federal government, it possesses a very significant collection of official U.S. publications in print, digital and microformat.Send details
Your career opportunities will vary widely across a range of fields including government, non-profit, business, law, journalism, tourism, education, and others.
There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests.
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
IB Diploma Programme
- Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.
IB Certificate Courses
- IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
- Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
- IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.
Degree-specific requirements: Arts
- No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.
- Language Arts
- Mathematics and Computation
- Second Languages
- Social Studies
- Visual and Performing Arts