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Circumpolar Studies (Diploma - online only)

Be a groundbreaker – study in the first fully online Circumpolar Studies diploma offered at a Canadian university.

Challenge yourself to think beyond the “remote” and “cold” stereotypes of the Arctic and its communities. This one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program will expose you to the most fundamental topics surrounding Northern people 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 and discuss everything from Indigenous issues to sustainable development and physical geography. Developed by Trent’s 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.

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma

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Resume Boosters:

  • Take your learning from the comfort of home to the Arctic through study abroad opportunities with the University of the Arctic
  • Diversify your perspectives through engaging online discussions with students from near and far in a small-group environment
  • Benefit from flexible options which allow you to move into a related undergraduate program at Trent or supplement your existing degree
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • 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

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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