Atlantic Canada Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Majors

To complete a major in Atlantic Canada Studies, a student must meet the usual University requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, and in particular, obtain forty-eight (48) credit hours from the courses listed on the course page with a minimum GPA of 2.00. At least twenty-four (24) credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above. 

  • ACST 1000 Making Sense of Atlantic Canada 
  • minimum of 3 credit hours in ACST 4000-level courses
  • 18 credit hours from Group A
  • 24 credit hours from Group B 

 Here is more information on declaring a major.

Honours

To complete an honours program in Atlantic Canada Studies, a student must meet the usual University requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, and in particular, obtain sixty (60) credit hours from the courses listed on the course page with a minimum GPA of 3.00. A least forty-eight (48) credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above. 

  • ACST 1000 Making Sense of Atlantic Canada 
  • minimum of 3 credit hours in ACST 4000-level courses
  • ACST 4500 Honours Seminar
  • 21 credit hours from Group A 
  • 24 credit hours from Group B 
  • 3 credit hours from either Group A or B

To apply for the honours program, one must complete the Honours Application form.

Concentrations

To complete a concentration in Atlantic Canada Studies, a student must meet the usual University requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, and in particular, obtain twenty-four (24) credit hours from the courses listed on the course page with a minimum GPA of 2.00. At least eighteen (18) credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above.

  • ACST 1000 Making Sense of Atlantic Canada 
  • minimum of 3 credit hours in ACST 4000-level courses
  • 18 credit hours from Group A

Minors

To complete a minor in Atlantic Canada Studies, a student must obtain twenty-four (24) credit hours from the courses listed on the course page with a minimum GPA of 2.00. At least twelve (12) credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above.

  • ACST 1000 Making Sense of Atlantic Canada 
  • 12 credit hours from Group A 
  • 9 credit hours from Group B

Certificate

The Certificate in Atlantic Canada Studies is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to develop a more nuanced understanding of the region. It will be attractive for students from within Atlantic Canada who wish to improve their knowledge of the local culture that shapes and surrounds them. As well, it provides a valuable educational option for international students travelling abroad who may wish to follow an intense, but carefully planned curriculum that combines a variety of different academic programs into a one-year program of study. By creating a classroom environment where local and international students share their different perspectives on the region, the certificate stimulates a useful exchange of ideas and fully integrates the study of Atlantic Canada into a broader national and global analytical framework.

By striking this balance between courses that are tightly focused on the study of the region, and supplementary classes designed to provide a broader Canadian context, the certificate provides students with a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of Atlantic Canada's historical, political, economic and cultural life, as well as the region's natural environment.

To complete the Certificate, students are required to complete the following twenty-four (24) credit hours.

Admission Requirements for the Certificate in Atlantic Canada Studies

The Certificate in Atlantic Canada Studies requires a formal application for admission and the official approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator for Atlantic Canada Studies. Students applying for admission to the program must have completed thirty (30) credit hours of undergraduate study at an accredited university or must show a demonstrated interest in the field. Students majoring in Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary's University are not eligible for this program.

Students admitted to the program must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours at Saint Mary's University. The official approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator for Atlantic Canada Studies is required for credit hours completed at another institution to be included in the certificate program.