Programs of study

Undergraduate programs

Canadian Studies

Interested in exploring the history, culture, literature, politics and economy of this country? Then Ottawa is your destination of choice. The Institute of Canadian Studies was founded to explore the complexity of Canada and promote a deeper understanding of our country. In this program, you will have a chance to take courses in both English and French, which helps you become not only functionally bilingual, but also will put you more in touch with Canada’s two founding linguistic cultures.

Please note that Major program in Canadian studies is closed. Therefore, we do not accept any applications.

  • Major in Canadian Studies

Aboriginal Studies

The Faculty of Arts offers a major and a minor in Aboriginal studies. Canadian society is awakening more and more to the enduring presence of Aboriginal societies and cultures in its midst. These programs are designed to serve both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students and scholars.The major provides a firm general-knowledge base while also focusing on Aboriginal history, philosophy, religions, cultures and arts, and on the languages of Canadian and North American Aboriginal peoples. Graduates of the programs can play important roles both inside and outside of Canada's Aboriginal communities.

Did you know? The main campus of the University of Ottawa is built upon the ancestral lands of the Algonquin Nation.


Brenda Macdougall
Interim Coordinator
Program of Aboriginal studies

Nicole St-Onge
Interim Co-Coordinator
Program of Aboriginal Studies

Sonia Wesche
Interim Co-Coordinator
Program of Aboriginal Studies
Institute of Canadian Studies
52 University, room 206


Jewish Canadian Studies

The Faculty of Arts also offers a minor in Jewish Canadian studies that provides the student with a strong knowledge base in Jewish Canadian studies and includes courses in history, Jewish Canadian literature, religious studies, Yiddish language and culture, for example. The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program promotes an understanding of Jewish life, culture, language, literature and history in Canada. The program offers a variety of courses in an interdisciplinary environment with courses in Jewish Canadian culture, history, literature and Yiddish. Courses are open to all students at the University of Ottawa and to members of the community at large.


Seymour Mayne
Program Coordinator
Jewish Canadian Studies

Rebecca Margolis
Associate Professor
Jewish Canadian Studies
Institute of Canadian Studies

Support information

Thanks to the generous philanthropic leadership of Sara and the late Zeev Vered of Ottawa, the University has created a Jewish Canadian Studies Endowment Fund in support of the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program.

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Études des francophonies

Graduate programs

Collaborative PhD Program in Canadian Studies


You must register for the doctorate with one of the participating units (see the list below) and meet all departmental requirements.

To qualify for the pluridisciplinary program:

  • You have to have taken—or be registered for—at least one PhD-level course with Canadian content in your discipline and have a Canadian-content thesis project.
  • You must also take either CDN6910, a bilingual interdisciplinary seminar in Canadian studies or CDN6520, a French-language seminar on Canada's Francophone community. The seminar you choose counts as a partial requirement for your discipline-specific program. If you pass the seminar and successfully defend your thesis, your PhD diploma will also have “Specialization in Canadian Studies” written on it.

The interdisciplinary CDN6910 and CDN6520 seminars take place each year. Their primary objective is to foster exchanges among students who all explore Canadian reality but through different disciplinary perspectives. You have to attend each class, do a presentation at some point during the session and submit a summary report on your experience. For CDN6910, you need a working knowledge of Canada's two official languages to be eligible. In exceptional cases, doctoral students from other universities, postdoctoral fellows and Canadianists from other countries can be admitted to these seminars / to CDN6910.

The following 15 departments are participating in the doctoral program:

For more information, please consult the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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