Certificate in Heritage Studies

This certificate is open to currently registered Dalhousie and King's students in all Faculties.

The Certificate in Heritage Studies is a 12- credit hour certificate, comprised of course work and an institution-focused project. Students must have completed their first year of university (or 30 credit hours) and be in good academic standing, with an average of B or better, to enroll in the certificate program.


·         Students will learn how the heritage sector/heritage institutions function.

·         Students will learn how historical knowledge and perspectives can be communicated to various audiences.

·         Students will learn how historical knowledge can engage the community and be beneficial to groups, organizations, and institutions beyond academia.

·         Students will develop an understanding of ethical and other critical issues associated with heritage projects and the practice of public history.

·         Students will demonstrate project-management and team-work skills.



  1. HIST 2950.03, Introduction to Heritage Studies and Public Humanities
  2. Six credit hours from a list of approved electives to provide additional historical context and/or theoretical engagement with public uses of history and heritage, to prepare students to make best use of the capstone experience.
  3. HIST 4710.03, Heritage Studies: Capstone. This will be a final, three credit hour seminar requiring students to apply the skills and knowledge gathered from the program to an institution-focused project. Each student will develop a project that will necessitate them drawing on the resources of a particular local institution (e.g., the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Nova Scotia Museum sites, Dalhousie Archives, etc.) without having to be hired or formally placed. The certificate coordinator will guide students through this capstone project seminar, usually in the fall semester of their final year of study.

Electives (Note that not all courses on this list are offered each year):

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology:  

SOSA 2052   Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Studies

SOSA 2111   Is there an Atlantic Canada? 

SOSA 2115   African Canadian Society, Culture, and Resistance  

SOSA 2191   Gender Across Cultures

SOSA 3015   Popular Memory  

SOSA 3185   Issues in the Study of Indigenous Peoples of North America 

SOSA 3284   Living in Cities

Department of History:

HIST 2205   Historical Issues in Indigenous Studies 

HIST 2210   Many Canadas: Canada, 1930 to the present  

HIST 2235   History of Canadian Culture 

HIST 2272   Atlantic Canada since Confederation: Regionalism, Identity, and Development

HIST 2280   African Nova Scotian History 

HIST 2900   Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to Art History & Visual Culture 

HIST 3210   Canadian Cultural Landscapes  

HIST 3215   Indigenous Textiles in Canada: Tourism, Industry, Identity

HIST 3274   Nova Scotia: Post-Confederation  

HIST 3282   Public History

HIST 3302   Technology and History in North America

HIST 4250   Popular Culture in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850 

HIST 4210 Museums, Archives, and Material Culture

HIST 4162/THEA4360/MUSC 4360, Advanced Seminar in Baroque Culture [taught at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the State Castle in Cesky Krumlov]

Indigenous Studies:

INDG     3050       Indigenous Research Methodologies and Knowledge Practices

INDG     3401      Indigenous Representation in Film

Department of Political Science:

POLI 2215   Canadian Aboriginal Politics: An Institutional Perspective  

Department of English:

ENGL 2006   Cultural Studies

Contemporary Studies Programme:

CTMP 2316   The “Pictorial Turn” in Recent Thought, Art and Theory

CTMP 3322   Representations of the Holocaust: Remembrance

Canadian Studies Program:

CANA 2002   The Idea of Canada: Cultural and Literary Perspectives

Contact: history@dal.ca

See the certificate flyer here