United States Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This program will significantly increase your understanding of the United States and its institutions and policies. Your coursework will span topics in economics, political science, history, and more.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The influence of the United States is felt all over the world, and perhaps nowhere more than in Canada.  With the U.S. so close geographically and economically, it is essential that Canadians better understand their neighbour.

The U.S. Studies program offers an exciting interdisciplinary program through the collaboration of the departments of Political Science, Economics, and History. You will combine coursework across departments and gain an in depth understanding of U.S. politics, economics, and history. You will take courses in areas as diverse as the Presidency, African-American history, and American foreign policy.

The program will provide Canadian government, corporations, and other institutions with graduates who have an excellent understanding of the U.S. and Canada-U.S. relations, and allow them to respond to employment opportunities across North America.

Campus features

Although the UBC Library is not an official depository library for the U.S. federal government, it possesses a very significant collection of official U.S. publications in print, digital and microformat.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.
  • Van Test

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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