Be a Groundbreaker
Challenge yourself to think beyond the “remote” and “cold” stereotypes of the Arctic and its communities. This one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program will teach you about Northern peoples and landscapes, geographical and historical contexts, and issues of security in a changing political and environmental climate. You’ll explore the rich diversity of the region, discuss everything from Indigenous issues to sustainable development and physical geography, and learn about how the North is fundamental to the global environment and economy. Developed by the University of the Arctic in partnership with the Trent School of Environment, the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, and the School for the Study of Canada, this flexible learning opportunity will prepare you for a future focused on the Canadian North and beyond.
Be a groundbreaker as you study in the first fully online Circumpolar Studies diploma offered at a Canadian university. Connect with classmates from all over Canada and across oceans while you deepen your understanding of Northern perspectives. Together, you’ll explore the rich diversity of the region and discuss everything from Indigenous issues to sustainable development and physical geography. The Circumpolar Studies Program gives students the opportunity to learn about the lands, peoples, and issues of the Circumpolar North and prepares them for advanced study or professional employment in fields as diverse as sustainable resource management, self-government, Arctic engineering, and northern tourism. Special emphasis is given to matters concerning Indigenous peoples of the Circumpolar North.
Launch of the UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education
Introductory courses begin with the examination of the geography, history, and biophysical and physical systems of the Sub-Arctic and Arctic regions. The curriculum then turns to the Indigenous and contemporary peoples of the region, traditional economies and knowledge, governance systems, human security issues, and overall questions of economic development, cultural resilience, and environmental sustainability
A Day in the Life: Attending the Trent-Yukon Online Model Arctic Council
Pathways in Circumpolar Studies
- Public Service
- Cultural and Heritage Consultant
- Immigration and Human Rights
- Public Health
- Geoscience Consultant
- United Nations Official International Civil Servant
- Policy Professional