If you read my earlier post on exciting programs offered at Canada’s smaller post-secondary institutions, and you thought, “Great! But I’d like something a little bigger!” then this post is for you. Below I explore some truly unique programs at Canada’s mid-sized schools.
Integrated Science Program – Dalhousie
Integrated Science at Dalhousie (Halifax) is an integrated, small cohort program that serves as a broad introduction to all Dalhousie Science Majors. ISP students register in one of three streams: Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, or Physical Sciences and Engineering. Students benefit from smaller classes (with cohorts of 70-80 people) and interaction with professors from across the university. They will also participate in a science-oriented communications class and additional enrichment activities. (Admission from 80%; additional application required.)
Leadership at Renaissance College – University of New Brunswick
Renaissance is a small college at UNB, and the Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership provides students with the opportunity to engage in small seminars in subjects such as citizenship, public policy, and social innovation, while also completing a major in a specific field of interest. The program also integrates two internships—one domestic and one international—and students who complete those internships in the summer can graduate in three years, if they choose. (Admissions average 75% and up.)
Bachelor of Global and International Studies – Carleton University
The Bachelor of Global and International Studies comprises 18 different specializations—from Teaching English in Global Contexts to Global Law and Social Justice—in a multidisciplinary program featuring the study of a foreign language, overseas experiential learning, and the benefits of Carleton’s strong political and government studies programs. (Admissions average 75-77%).
Engineering – Queen’s University
Almost every mid-size post-secondary institution in Canada has an engineering program, but two features make the program at Queen’s unique. The first is that students who successfully complete their Common First Year classes have an open choice of major; there are no caps on the number of students who can enroll in each engineering discipline. Another strength of the Queen’s program is their student support, ranging from advising and tutoring sessions to peer mentoring programs. For students who are struggling, the university also offers an extended first year, which allows students to repeat failed courses and get back on track for second year. Add this to the famed Queen’s student experience, and we can see why Queen’s Engineering is such a popular choice. (Admissions average 87% + written supplement).
Another strength of the Queen’s program is their student support, ranging from advising and tutoring sessions to peer mentoring programs. For students who are struggling, the university also offers an extended first year, which allows students to repeat failed courses and get back on track for second year. Add this to the famed Queen’s student experience, and we can see why Queen’s Engineering is such a popular choice. (Admissions average 87% + written supplement).
Landscape Architecture – Guelph University
The Guelph Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is unique in Canada. Located in beautiful Guelph, Ontario, it combines studio and field courses in landscape architecture with liberal arts classes across the university. In addition, students can participate in for-credit internships, study abroad opportunities, and volunteer work with community organizations. The program is professionally oriented and grants students access to professional organizations across North America. (Admission is competitive and includes a supplemental information form).
Animal Bioscience – U Saskatchewan
Students wishing to study veterinary medicine in Canada can take many routes in their first four years of post-secondary education, provided that they take the prerequisite courses to apply to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Students in the College of Agriculture and Biosciences at U Sask benefit from both a mid-size research university and a smaller, specialized agriculture and animal-focused program. Students will learn the sciences they need for vet school but will also be introduced to a host of other careers along the way, which may also prove appealing. With courses ranging from “Cow Calf Management” to “Behaviour of Domestic Animals,” students won’t feel like they have to wait four years to start exploring their animal-related interests. (Admissions average from 80% and up).
Communication and Media Studies – University of Calgary (with SAIT)
In offering the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies in coordination with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, U Calgary allows students to combine the intellectual and theoretical understanding of communication studies with practical, hands-on training in journalism, broadcast journalism, new media, and graphic communications. Students graduate well prepared for careers, thanks to the program’s cooperative education component, or for graduate studies in communications. (Admission from mid-70s).
Financial Mathematics and Economics – University of Victoria
This program is the ideal match for students who are interested in the mathematical and economic foundations of business, and who hope to one day work in financial analysis. Students complete courses in mathematics, statistics, and economics alongside courses in accounting, finance, and taxation. Students can participate in UVic’s very strong co-op program to gain work experience and can also complete a minor in Business, Professional Communication, or Computer Systems. (Admissions from 83%; no supplement).