Canadian Studies

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  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Management


  • Lethbridge


Fall & Spring

Program description

What does it mean to be Canadian? What makes our society different from and similar to others around the world? How do we, as Canadians, express our identities? Understanding who we are as Canadians begins with a thorough knowledge of the places, people and ideas that form our daily lives.

The program gives you the flexibility to take courses in disciplines that interest you, while focusing on Canadian issues and Canada’s place in the world. Learn about the history, people, industry and politics of Canada, as well as our unique institutions, policies and identities.

You will be exposed to various social, religious, geographical, political, cultural, economic, educational and legal perspectives. Study complex issues such as bilingualism and biculturalism, and examine their relevance to our modern, multicultural nation.

This multidisciplinary major draws heavily on the humanities and the social sciences and is delivered by the Departments of History, Economics, English, Modern Languages & Linguistics, Indigenous Studies, and Political Science.

Canadian Studies will provide you with valuable skills and knowledge for your career — whether within the non-profit, public or private sectors. Whatever your career path, you will develop outstanding analytical skills from this multidisciplinary approach to learning.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Pursue a second passion by adding a minor to your degree.

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative education, international exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills in the program, you will also develop your critical and analytical thinking skills, your information acquisition and management skills, as well as your attention to detail. All of these abilities are highly sought after in the business world and can be applied to practically any working scenario.

Possible careers

Related fields | As a graduate of the program, you could easily pursue a career in any of the following areas:

  • Canadian Society & Women’s Religious Orders
  • Canadian Religious History
  • Canadian Popular Culture
  • Local History & Identity
  • The History of the Canadian/American Border
  • Environment & National Parks
  • Citizenship, Gender & Identity

Professional Disciplines & Graduate Studies. Your bachelor of arts in Canadian studies also provides an excellent foundation for law, journalism, management and education. The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs, at the master and doctoral levels, spanning over 60 disciplines — why not consider grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

Admission requirements


​For admission, Canadian high school students in Alberta must have completed five of the following courses with a minimum 65% average across them:

This course
  • English Language Arts 30-1
Three of these courses
  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Art 30 or Art 31
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Choral Music 30, General Music 30, or Instrumental Music 30
  • Dance 35
  • Drama 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  • Mathematics 31
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Five credits in Advanced-level CTS Computer Science (CSE)
  • One or more distinct languages at the 30 level
One additional
  • That has not already been used
  • May be from the list above
  • Must be at the 30 level
  • Must be worth at least five credits (multiple courses worth a total of five or more credits can be used)
  • Cannot be a Special Project


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Canadian Studies at the University of Lethbridge has allowed me to make connections between all of my classes in meaningful ways. From indigenous studies to Canadian history and politics, my studies have been insightful and relevant for understanding social studies and the humanities in a new way. This degree has prepared me beyond my expectations to become a knowledgeable and informed teacher on the issues and difficulties of the Canadian context and the history, geography, and politics that precede them. I would recommend this program for anyone pursuing an education degree interested in teaching social studies due to its broad base and also focus on Canadian social context. I once saw the University of Lethbridge as a gateway for my career as a teacher; however, it has become a rewarding and meaningful part of my life, and Lethbridge has become a home.
- Abigail, (BA/BEd '21) Canadian Studies/Social Studies Education

Sample classes

Course selections for the program will vary, but may include:

  • Survey of Canadian Literature
  • Beginners’ French I&II
  • Canada to 1867
  • Canada Since 1867
  • Indigenous Peoples and Law
  • Canadian Politics and Government
  • Indigenous Histories of Canada