Welcome to Canadian Studies!

Challenge your preconceived notions, gain a deeper understanding of the Canadian experience and examine the nation’s role on the global stage. Choose to focus on one of three pathways – Human Rights & Social Justice, Community & Civic Engagement in Toronto or Migration, Multiculturalism & Settlement – in the only Canadian Studies program in the country to offer courses in both English and French.

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Skills You'll Learn

  • Understand the cultural, societal and political economic issues dominating debate in Canada and the growing importance of multiculturalism and Indigenous activism
  • Examine local issues and how they fit into broader trends
  • Learn about specific laws and policies
  • Critically analyze problems, think creatively, research effectively and make sound decisions

Careers

As a Canadian Studies graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue graduate studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:

  • Teacher
  • Community advocate or organizer
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Diplomat
  • Social justice activist
  • Immigration officer
  • Political advisor/consultant
  • Journalist
  • Public policy researcher
  • Lawyer

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Canadian Studies. 

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for Canadian Studies students.

  • You’ll be invited to participate in the research activities of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. You can apply to become a Robarts Centre Fellow and support networking and community building, volunteering, and peer and mentorship opportunities.
  • Do a work placement in an elective course.
  • Pursue your passion project in G21, Glendon’s inquiry-based incubator, or GENIAL, for francophone and bilingual business entrepreneurs
  • Volunteer with organizations that focus on international issues or diversity in Canada.

Admission Requirements


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an average* in the mid to high 70s
  • Minimum six 4U; 4M; or DU courses, including 4U English (ENG4U) or FRA4U
  • A combination of U and M courses; OACs are accepted
  • 4U French is recommended

* Average is calculated based on the top six 4U; 4M or DU courses.

Check out the full requirements

Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that works hard to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources Canadian Studies students use the most.

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know friendly, high-profile professors, who are published experts and actively working in the field.

Colin Coates

Colin Coates

York Hall 161
416-487-6776
ccoates@glendon.yorku.ca

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Geoffrey Ewen

York Hall 242A
416-736-2100 x 88466
gewen@yorku.ca

Jean Michel Montsion

Jean Michel Montsion

C131 York Hall
416-736-2100 x88159
montsion@yorku.ca

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Maya Chacaby

York Hall C118
416-736-2100 x 88448
mchacaby@glendon.yorku.ca

Swann Paradis

Swann Paradis

York Hall 231 416-736-2100 x 88236
swannpa@yorku.ca

Jean Rosenfeld

York Hall, 161
416-487-6776
rosenfel@yorku.ca

Faustin Ntoubandi

York Hall 330
416-736-2100 x 88118
faustin7@yorku.ca

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