Students who are currently completing school online are busy: they have commitments to their schoolwork, volunteering, and even work and are likely trying to stay active to counteract all the screen time. May I suggest one more activity that will be well worth it? This is a good time to do some research and explore interesting university programs across the country.
The programs listed below are just some of the specific, exciting, and purposeful offerings at Canada’s smaller universities, each addressing a unique need in the academic landscape.
Bishops – BA Arts Administration
Arts Administration at Bishops University, located in Sherbrooke, QC, combines the study of a fine or performing art and business education. It also offers professional internships in Canada or overseas, as well as paid work in arts venues on campus. (Admissions average 80%+).
Brock University – BA Game Design/BSc Game Programming
Brock University, in St. Catherines, ON, hosts an appealing pair of programs in the GAME program, in collaboration with Niagara College. The BA Game Design is for students interested in creating gaming worlds, writing stories, or becoming animators or art directors. The BSc in Game programming is different from more traditional computer science programs in that it provides both the foundation and the specialized learning about programming embedded in the world of computer games. Years 2-4 of both programs are production-based and ensure that students graduate ready to enter the marketplace. (Admissions average about 80% + supplemental application).
Carleton University – Bachelor of Journalism with a Concentration in Health Science
Those of us glued to our computers and TVs, desperate for any new information on Covid-19, are finding ourselves thankful for reporters who have married their skill as journalists with a solid foundation in health sciences. Carleton’s Bachelor of Journalism – one of the few undergraduate journalism degrees in Canada – teaches students the fundamentals of audio, video and digital journalism, and requires some foundational science and health science courses. (Admissions average around 85-88%).
University of Guelph-Humber – BA Justice Studies and Police Foundations Diploma
Located in the northwest corner of Metro Toronto, the University of Guelph-Humber is a partnership between Guelph University and Humber College. All six of their programs offer graduates a Bachelor’s Degree and an applied Diploma. The BA in Justice Studies provides students with a background in Canadian Law and the sociology and psychology of crime. The diploma in Police Foundations prepares future law enforcement officers for their careers. The program includes over 200 hours of experiential learning. (Admissions average around 75-80%).
Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Beekeeping
Close to home, KPU has launched a Commercial Beekeeping program, which is unique in that it covers the life cycle of a bee colony, starting in February with some background classes and running through late November. It includes a four-month paid practicum over the summer months. As this program is Continuing Education, there are no formal admissions requirements.
King’s University College & Fanshawe College – Finance and Wealth Management
King’s University College at Western University has partnered with Fanshawe College (also in London, ON) to offer a Finance and Wealth Management program. At King’s, which has small classes but otherwise shares all the benefits of Western, students will take courses in economics, math and business. At Fanshawe, they will take more applied classes that teach specific elements of working as a financial or wealth management advisor. Students graduate with both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Diploma, along with a series of industry-ready certifications. (Requires grade 12 calculus, admissions average 79%+).
Memorial University of Newfoundland – Marine Institute
MUN’s Marine Institute offers an advanced diploma in Marine Engineering (admissions average about 60%) and a Bachelor’s in Ocean and Naval Engineering (admissions average 80%+). Both offer intense, hands-on classes and extended work terms (Marine Engineering also includes 180 days of work at sea!). These programs are ideal for students who love ships and the sea and have mechanical and design-oriented natures. Both offer career-focused education with the promise of virtually-guaranteed employment upon graduation.
St. Francis Xavier University – Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and the Environment
This new degree at St. Francis Xavier, in beautiful Nova Scotia, takes advantage of an interdisciplinary faculty to look at environmental issues from a broad range of perspectives, including science, political science, philosophy, and economics. The Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and the Environment includes opportunities to perform research with faculty and grad students, and to participate in a 12-16 month paid internship. (Minimum admissions average: 70%).
Thompson Rivers University – Respiratory Therapy
The devastating effects of the coronavirus have made the work of respiratory therapists front page news. Trained to handle patients with breathing difficulties and to respond to emergencies involving breathing and heart functions, respiratory therapists enjoy an education that is partly academic and partly applied. At TRU, they can complete both the Respiratory Therapy Diploma and a Bachelor of Health Science degree. (Admission to this program out of high school is highly competitive.)
University of Northern British Columbia – Wildlife and Fisheries
This program, ideally suited to the remote setting of UNBC, prepares students for work with the provincial and federal governments or in the private sector. Students benefit from small class sizes, research opportunities, and experiential learning in a variety of settings. (Admissions average from 65%).