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Circumpolar Studies (Diploma - online only)

Global interest in the circumpolar region is on the rise, and this program will catapult you into the most important topics surrounding its people and landscapes, its geographical and historical contexts, and issues of security in a changing political and environmental climate. This interdisciplinary program is the first fully-online diploma in Circumpolar Studies 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. Developed by University of the Arctic specialists, together with experts from Trent’s School of Environment, the Chanie Wenjack School of 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.

The Diploma in Circumpolar Studies connects students to the emerging field of Arctic and Northern Studies. It has been inspired by the importance of the Circumpolar World under conditions of climate change, globalization and unprecedented accessibility of the Circumpolar region to the outside world.  This interdisciplinary Diploma will be of importance for students engaged in political studies, geography and natural sciences, legal and health studies, history, cultural and indigenous studies, and the study of Canada more broadly.

Program Coordinator: Heather Nicol (heathernicol@trentu.ca)


Students who have fulfilled the requirements may graduate with a Diploma in Circumpolar Studies if they have also successfully completed the courses listed below.

The Diploma in Circumpolar Studies consists of the following 5.0 credits:

  • 2.5 GEOG credits consisting of GEOG 1045H, 2320H, 2330H, 3390H, and 3640H
  • 0.5 ERST credit consisting of ERST 3740H
  • 1.0 INDG credit consisting of INDG 3745H and 3750H
  • 1.0 CAST credit consisting of CAST 43241 and CAST 3243


Degree Type

  • Diploma (online only)

The Trent Advantage

  • Learn with leading faculty members in an accessible format, wherever you are, as part of this innovative fully-online diploma in Circumpolar Studies – the first of its kind at a Canadian university
  • Online class discussions bring together perspectives from near and far in a small-group environment
  • Move into a related undergraduate program at Trent or supplement your existing degree, and open the door to a study-abroad semester with the University of the Arctic

Career Paths

  • Public Service
  • Cultural and Heritage Consultant
  • Immigration and Human Rights
  • Public Health
  • Geoscience Consultant
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • United Nations Official International Civil Servant
  • Educator
  • Policy Professional