Do you think understanding the country in which we live is important to succeed in this world?


We do too. This is why Canadian Studies at Glendon is the in-depth study of the Canadian experience and the place of Canada in the world.


Learn from experts who have won teaching awards. Professor Colin Coates is recipient of the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Canadian Studies for his work on Canada’s national culture, and was awarded the 2019 Principal Excellence in Teaching Award. A Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Professor Jean Michel Montsion explores transport, ethnic and community questions in Canadian cities and received the 2015 President University-Wide Teaching Award from York University.

Study with leading authorities on Canadian topics, including Professor Geoffrey Ewen, a specialist in labour issues in Quebec, Professor Audrey Pyée who conducts research on French-speaking immigration to Ontario and Western Canada, and Professor Michael Barutciski, a lawyer who has authored reports for the United Nations and who comments regularly on governmental refugee policies in Canada’s main national newspapers. Professor Barutciski recently wrote a commentary for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute dealing with a case before the Federal Court in Toronto that will have international consequences.

Get involved in academic discussions and projects about Canada with the Canadian Language Museum and activities of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, including the annual graduate student conference.


For those interested in Canadian Studies as part of their Bachelor of Education, please note that although Canadian Studies itself is not a recognized teachable in Ontario, Canadian Studies majors and minors have been able to use their credits towards teachable subject areas such as First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies, Social Sciences-General and History. More details can be found at the following link under Faculty-Wide Degree Requirements and BED Concurrent and Consecutive Program Models. See https://calendars.students.yorku.ca/2019-2020/programs/education


Slide 1While in the program, you will be invited to participate in the activities of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, which serves as York’s research engine for the study of Canada and of Canada in the world.

The Robarts Centre offers you the opportunity to become a Robarts Centre Fellow to support knowledge and skill development, networking and community building, volunteering, peer and mentorship opportunities, beyond the classroom.



During the 4th anniversary of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to refugees, Professor Michael Barutciski participated in a debate on the political consequences of this humanitarian gesture and its significance for countries such as Canada.

Professor Jean Michel Montsion received a national grant to study the racialization of Asian international students to Canadian universities. From 2019 to 2023, he will lead a team of nine researchers for this project, which aims at better understanding the ethnic, migratory, historical, geographic and urban dimensions of racialization.



Andrew Walker, 2018

“The Canadian Studies program at Glendon College is unlike any other. The core courses each challenged my preconceived notions of Canada, its relationship with Indigenous peoples, and its role around the world. The flexibility of the program encouraged me to take courses in my areas of interest and beyond, which shaped my interdisciplinary approach to academia and the workplace. The professors and staff of the Canadian Studies program went far above and beyond to stimulate my intellectual curiosity and to prepare me for life after Glendon. Finally, the tight-knit, collegial relationships I forged with my fellow Canadian Studies students allowed us to tackle topics at the heart of our country and have left me with friendships I will treasure for years to come. I am honoured and grateful to have graduated from the Canadian Studies program and in the strongest possible terms, encourage future students to take part.” –Andrew Walker, Canadian Studies graduate 2018


Laura finished her degree in Canadian Studies and English Studies in 2013. She completed a master’s degree in Canadian Studies at Trent University, with a major research paper which focuses on Canadian music.  She is now working as a music journalist.

Laura reflects on her choice to major in Canadian Studies at Glendon »


Our graduates work in the public and government sector, in tourism, in the not-for-profit sector, in business, in universities, and other areas. Many go on to graduate studies as well. Visit the Career Centre website for more career options in Canadian Studies.



Canadian Studies is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.

Ours is one of the only Canadian Studies programs in the country to offer courses taught in English and in French.

Get a degree with tremendous breadth and flexibility thanks to courses drawn from several academic areas — history, political science, sociology, economics, women’s studies, and more.



Professeur des Études canadiens Colin CoatesProfessor Colin Coates adds two collections to the growing literature on environmental history

Within the space of five months, Professor Coates published two works on this burgeoning field in Canada. Read more »


glendon-citizenshipBilingual citizenship ceremony at Glendon unique lesson for students

Students taking a course on Canadian citizenship at York University’s Glendon College were given a unique experiential education opportunity on Nov. 3… Read more »


Join author Victoria Freeman for a reading and launch of her new book A World without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference. Victoria Freeman book launch October 10

Thu, October 10, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Glad Day Bookshop
499 Church Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6

A World without Martha is an unflinching yet compassionate memoir of how one sister’s institutionalization for intellectual disability in the 1960s affected the other, sending them both on separate but parallel journeys shaped initially by society’s inability to accept difference and later by changing attitudes towards disability, identity, and inclusion.

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Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Codes
iBA Bilingual: YGG
iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)

The Introductory Course is open to incoming first- and second-year students and other students by permission. It provides an overview of Canadian geography, politics, history, society and culture. Courses with a course number in the 2000’s are normally open to first-, second-, and third-year students. These courses are one-term, and they build on the approaches of the first-year course. The second-year courses have no prerequisite. The program offers the core first- and second-year courses in both languages each year.

Specialized Courses (such as the core course CDNS 3621) are normally open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. The core third-year course is offered annually. It is a bilingual course, taught in both English and French. Students may choose the language in which they write and contribute to course discussions. The core course is cross-listed with International Studies, and it has no prerequisite.

The Senior Seminar (CDNS 4621) is a multidisciplinary course open to students in their third or fourth year. This bilingual course, “Decolonizing Canada”, focuses on issues related to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  Students must have either six credits in any Canada-themed course as a prerequisite or departmental permission. The course is open to students in other programs and is cross-listed to the degrees in History and Sociology.

All of the core courses in Canadian Studies fulfill General Education requirements in Humanities or Social Science.

Majors in Canadian Studies must also take at least six credits in each of three broad areas:  “language, literature and culture,” “the structures of society,” and “the economy and the environment.” These courses are offered by different departments, and students should plan ahead as the choice of courses within these categories varies a great deal from year to year. Some courses in specific disciplines may have their own prerequisites.

In all courses, written assignments and examinations may be submitted in either official language.

The curriculum in Canadian Studies offers a broad, multidisciplinary approach to the study of the country. Students acquire a range of disciplinary skills that are of great value in the workplace.


  •  Specialized Honours BA/iBA
  •  Honours BA/iBA
  •  Honours Double Major BA/iBA
  •  Honours Major/Minor BA/iBA
  •  Bachelor of Arts


Access detailed program requirements below:

Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2019-2020
Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2018-2019
Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2017-2018
Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2016-2017
Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2015-2016

Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2014-2015
Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2013-2014

Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2012-2013
Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2011-2012
Canadian Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2010-2011


Jean Michel Montsion
Office: York Hall C131
Telephone: 416-736-2100 x88159
Email: montsion@yorku.ca

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L. Der Bedrossian
Office: York Hall 160
Telephone: 416-487-66732
Email: canada@glendon.yorku.ca