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.

indigenous Studies

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


What can I do with my studies in Indigenous studies?

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


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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 Office of the Vice-Dean Research.

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