Undergraduate Programs
Canadian Studies Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2006

As a graduate of Athabasca University's Canadian Studies program, you will gain a knowledge and understanding of such disciplines as Canadian history, literature, geography, Native and ethnic studies, politics, and government. The program will help you understand and interpret the Canadian experience and its diversity, and increase your knowledge and understanding of yourself and others.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Requirements within the 120 credits required for the BA.
60 credits in courses designated as major courses including 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
A minimum of 9 credits per subarea from any of the following 4: Canadian History, Canadian Literature, Canadian Geography, Canadian Native and Ethnic Studies, and Canadian Politics and Government (see below).
Students must meet the language requirement by completing 6 junior (200 level) credits in French and/or one of Canada's Aboriginal languages (for example, Cree or Inuktitut).


Students working toward a Canadian Studies major should meet the language requirement before completing 30 credits with Athabasca University. Students enrolled in an after-degree program are advised to select courses within the following four subareas that fulfill the Humanities, Science, and Social Science requirements as well as the subarea requirements. Failure to do so could result in a student being required to complete more than 60 credits in order to fulfill all of the regulations.

  Canadian History (select 9 credits from the following)
HIST 224 History of Canada to 1867 (3)
HIST 225 History of Canada, 1867 to the Present (3)
HIST 329 The Social History of Canada (6)
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour (6)
HIST 338 History of the Canadian West (6)
HIST 361 History of French Canada: 1867 to the Present (3)
HIST 455 Canada and the Bomb: Canada and the World in the Cold War (3)

Canadian Literature
(select 9 credits from the following)

ENGL 302 Introduction to Canadian Literature (6)
ENGL 306 The Literature of Work (3)
ENGL 308 Native Literature in Canada (3)
ENGL 351 Comparative Canadian Literature I (3)
ENGL 358 Literature of the Americas (6)
ENGL 431 Canadian Drama (3)
ENGL 437 Literature of the Canadian West (6)
ENGL 451 Comparative Canadian Literature II (3)
FREN 374 Introduction à la littérature canadienne-française (6)

Canadian Geography
(select 9 credits from the following)

GEOG 265 Introductory Physical Geography I (3)
GEOG 302 The Canadian North (3)
GEOG 310 Canadian Urban Development (6)

Canadian Native and Ethnic Studies
(select 9 credits from the following)

ANTH 307 The Inuit Way (3)
ANTH 362 First Nations of Canada (3)
HADM 315 Health and Community Development
HADM 326 Health Issues: Health and Healing (3)
INST 342 Issues in Native Education (3)
INST 357 Contemporary Aboriginal Issues in Canada (3)
INST/HIST 368 History of Canada's First Nations to 1830 (3)
INST/HIST 369 History of Canada's First Nations from 1830 (3)
INST/HIST 370 The Métis (3)
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 380 Canadian Ethnic Studies (3)
  Canadian Politics and Government
(select 9 credits from the following)
GOVN 390 Public Policy and Administrative Governance (3)
GOVN/GLST 403 Public Policy in a Global Era (3)
GOVN 450

Public Budget and Finance Management

POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics (3)
POLI 383 Introduction to Canadian Political Economy (3)
POLI 390 Canadian Federalism (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
  Other (select 9 credits from the following)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 385 Money, Banking, and Canadian
Financial Institutions
ENVS 252 The Environment: Issues and Options for Action (3)
FREN 412 Français pour tous, français pour tout (3)
GEOL 313 Our Physical Resources (3)
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies
LBST 202 Introduction to Labour Studies:
Labour College of Canada
LBST 332 Women and Unions (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on
Labour Relations
LGST 331 Administrative Law (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
LGST 479 Local Government Law in Alberta (3)
SOCI 445 Selected Topics in Canadian Society (3)
WMST 266 Thinking From Women's Lives: An Introduction to Women's Studies (3)
WMST 401 Contemporary Feminist Theory (3)
TAXX 301 Introduction to Income Taxation (3)

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