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Canadian Studies (Diploma)

A bronze statue of war heros and a horse against the blue sky on a sunny dayThe Department of Canadian Studies offers a Diploma for students who wish to undertake a single academic year (September to April) focused directly upon Canadian political economy, society, environment, and culture. Students wishing to enrol in the Diploma program must apply, in writing, to the chair of the department, indicating course preferences. As the number of spaces is limited, acceptance is not automatic. The chair or designate selects the successful candidates in consultation with the Admissions Committee.


Applicants must either be students registered in, or graduates of, an accredited post-secondary educational institution normally other than Trent University. An official transcript, including evidence of the content of courses completed and grades received, must accompany the application.

Language Requirements

In accordance with University regulations, applicants must have a competence in written and spoken English. Facility in the French language is desirable but not compulsory.

Visas, Fees, and Accommodation

International students admitted to the Diploma program are expected to make their own arrangements for visas, financing, and accommodation during the year at Trent. Nevertheless, every effort will be made to assist in this process.

The Diploma

The Diploma is awarded in the spring along with a Trent University transcript identifying all courses undertaken and grades received. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, students may apply for admission to the BA program in Canadian Studies. Credits earned in the Diploma program are transferable to the BA degree.


  • The Diploma program consists of 4.0 CAST credits consisting of 1.0 credit from each category (A, B, C, D)
  • At least 2.0 of the above credits must be at the 3000 level or beyond
  • Students must take a minimum of 2.0 credits from Section 1 of the categories chart
  • For students taking a fifth credit, CAST 1100H and one of 1101H, 1102H, or 1103H is recommended
  • Students planning to continue on to graduate school are encouraged to take 2.0 credits at the 4000 level
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 60% in each of the courses in the program to qualify for the Diploma

Degree Type

  • Diploma