overview
overview

The Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies M.A. program offers a unique and exciting graduate school experience. With a well-established national and international reputation in interdisciplinary Canadian studies, the Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies M.A. program draws students from across Canada and beyond with wide interests and from diverse disciplinary backgrounds — and who desire to pursue graduate work in a supportive environment.

With support from Trent's multi-disciplinary faculty, MA students initiate and undertake research projects that range across the humanities, social sciences and other interdisciplinary fields.  Students have three research options:

  • work as part of a larger faculty-supported research project (initial contacts for these possibilities can be made through the Frost Centre Director:  fcdirector@trentu.ca);

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  • explore a research subject that they define and structure with under the guidance of their supervisor and supervisory committee;

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  • develop a research project suitable for a thesis/MRP through the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education (initial contacts for these possibilities can be made through the Frost Centre Director: fcdirector@trentu.ca).

The M.A. in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies is unique in allowing students to specialize in either or both Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.  Students initiate and undertake research projects that range across the humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary fields.  Visit M.A. theses completed and M.A. theses-in-progress for a list of research projects undertaken by M.A. students.

With Canada as both a subject and context for inquiry, the Frost Centre areas of study include (but are not limited to):

  • Canada in the global context
  • Cultural heritage, literature, theory and the arts
  • Environmental politics, policy and natural heritage
  • Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
  • Political economy, labour and community development
  • Women and gender
  • Identities and difference in Canada (includes the study of 'race', ethnicity, multiculturalism, sexual difference, disabilities, as well as region and place)

Established in 1986, the Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies is based at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies and is celebrated for its role in developing the field of Canadian Studies.  It serves as the base for students and faculty in the M.A. in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.  Located at Trent's historical Traill College, close to downtown Peterborough, the College has recently been converted to a graduate college.  Here Frost Centre graduate students are afforded excellent office and social space, as well as a limited amount of accommodation.  It also serves as the home for three other graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences.

"At the Frost Centre, it's as if everyone has a vested interest in your success and their doors are always open - literally. Whether it's the administrative staff, the Chair of the Department, or your fellow students; there's a sense of encouragement in every interaction." Heather Edgar

Congratulations to former M.A. students Lynda Mannik and John Boyko for the recent publication of their theses!