This program explores the world’s diverse
cultures, visual heritages and art scenes
throughout history. Faculty research
focuses on Europe, Africa, South Asia,
the Middle East and Canada. It brings a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on subjects ranging from the Islamic World to Ghana’s Ashanti Region, early visual representations of the Okanagan Valley to Surrealist art and film.
This program gives students opportunities
to study literature and literary criticism and
bring lessons learned from that study into
their own writing. Creative Writing hosts
many visiting author readings each year
in order to expose students to a variety
of contemporary writing. In this intimate
learning community, students are
encouraged to hone their skills by
exploring a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction.
This program is distinct in Canada for how it approaches questions of identity, power and justice from an intercultural and global perspective. Cultural Studies combines courses from a variety of Humanities and Social Science disciplines, including pop culture, anthropology, literature and gender studies. The program is organized into three related streams: Media and Popular Cultures; Global Cultural Studies; and Critical and Cultural Theory.
Through literature, this program focuses on questions of genre and gender, issues of voice, identity and radical uncertainty. Students examine how literature imparts meaning in multiple contexts, throughout history and in the contemporary globalized world. Courses range from composition to Renaissance Studies, Contemporary Poetics to Canadian, Indigenous and Postcolonial literatures, to studies in the emerging field of digital humanities.
Whether you’re new to the language or have advanced language skills, French Studies can lead to excellent opportunities in Canada and the Francophone world. Program courses provide a basis in French language skills and opportunities to explore French literature and culture in Canadian, global, contemporary and historical contexts. Options in the French Studies program include study abroad and student exchanges with France.
This program offers artists a unique combination of courses in performance practice, visual arts, and creative writing. Interdisciplinary Performance provides training in movement and voice, ensemble work, improvisation, collaborative and solo performance creation. Course offerings include a wide range of artistic media such as video art, film, photography, painting, sculpture and installation.
Spanish Studies offers a comprehensive learning experience immersed in one of
the world’s most widely spoken languages. In addition to language skills, students develop an understanding of the diverse literatures and cultures of Spain and Latin America. Linguistics study develops understanding of the relationship between language and culture. Program options include study abroad in Spanish-speaking environments.
This program balances academic study
and studio work, and it provides a critical
and contemporary art education. Students
acquire the foundation skills and theories
to work in a variety of media, such as
drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking,
photography and digital documentary
production. Integral to Visual Arts are innovative academic electives, visiting artist workshops and opportunities to participate in myriad art exhibitions.