What will I learn?

As a second field of study leading to a Concentration or a Minor, a Double Major or a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc), the Canadian Studies program provides the opportunity to enrich and enhance your work on Canadian topics beyond your primary departmental home.

The core courses in Dal’s Canadian Studies program aren’t the typical lecture-based format. For one thing, they’re team-taught: two or more professors from different disciplines come together to share their knowledge with you—and with each other. This sparks lively debates that consider varied perspectives on how Canadians create and narrate their stories of identity.

Plus, a variety of guest speakers are invited to visit our Canadian Studies classrooms, enhancing the subjects or themes under discussion. In previous years, our award-winning guests have included the following:

  • documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin
  • humourist and writer Drew Hayden Taylor
  • poet, playwright, and artist Herménégilde Chiasson
  • novelist Nicholas Dickner
Learn more about the people who will be teaching you
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Our faculty are a diverse group who love to share knowledge.

Research opportunities for undergraduates

If you do a combined honours in Canadian Studies, one of the core upper-level courses you’ll take is CANA 4001: Research Topics in Canadian Studies. If you choose the concentration or double major option, taking this class is also highly recommended.

CANA 4001 will provide you with an opportunity to develop, in close consultation with a faculty member, a topic in Canadian Studies that is of particular interest to you and submit a major research paper.  

In recent years, students have explored urban landscapes in Canadian television shows like Degrassi; multiculturalism at the Halifax Farmers' Market; historic architecture in Saint John, New Brunswick—the sky's the limit.