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Circumpolar Studies (Option - online only)


One of only a few programs of its kind in the world, the Circumpolar Studies option offers you a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the lands, peoples, and critical issues of the Arctic.

An option is a “mini-minor” – a set of courses in one discipline that can be completed in conjunction with any undergraduate degree program, allowing you to focus on an additional subject of interest.General Admission Requirements:

The Circumpolar Studies Option is open to all existing undergraduate students at Trent University.

Program Coordinator:

Heather Nicol (heathernicol@trentu.ca)

The Option 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 option 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.

Students who have fulfilled the requirements for an Honours or a General degree in any subject may graduate with an Option in Circumpolar Studies if they have also successfully completed the courses listed below.

The Option in Circumpolar Studies consists of the following 4.0 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

Career Paths

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

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