Welcome to Northern Studies!

As a student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Northern Studies, you will have the opportunity to explore your interests in the peoples and environments of the northern parts of Canada’s provinces and territories, as well as other parts of the circumpolar world. You will complete a core set of courses that encourage appraisal and understanding of common northern issues from a variety of academic and social perspectives. Remaining courses are selected from a wide-range of options in specific disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Indigenous Learning, Languages, Sociology and Social Work.

an international program.

As central part of our program is international networking and opportunities. You will take courses with students from across the circumpolar world and have the opportunity to participate in the north2north mobility program. This exchange program allows you to spend between 4-8 months studying at a University of the Arctic partner institution in the following countries/regions:

  • Finland
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Sweden

Click on this sentence for a complete list of participating institutions.

We prepare you for a range of careers.

Your degree will prepare you for a variety of public and private sector professional careers dealing with northern issues locally, nationally, and internationally.  These include:

  • community economic development
  • business administration and management
  • government service (at all levels)
  • conservation
  • education and health
  • law
  • northern park managment
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • politics
  • publishing and journalism
  • resource management
  • university professor