United States Studies

About Program Admission Requirements

On the global stage, the United States is an influential player socially, politically, culturally and historically. The place of the US in history and politics, the complexity of its society, and its contribution to world culture, provides a fascinating range of material to study. Our innovative, cross-disciplinary approach enables you to examine the diverse aspects of the US.

Students will not only develop an in-depth understanding of the history and culture of Canada’s nearest and most influential neighbor, but also can explore such areas as music, film, art, literature, history or political science. There are three main areas from which students need to take courses:

  • Literature: Study such classic American writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as poetry, drama, comics and cartoons.
  • History, Political Science, Sociology and Social Science: Study the US Civil War, the evolution of urban Black America, US foreign policy, gender and sexuality and freedom and inequality.
  • Humanities, Music, Dance, Film and Art: Courses include Advertising, African American Art and Theatre and Black Women’s Writing, Film (musicals, horror, science fiction crime and westerns), Music (African-American ragtime, blues, boogie-woogie) and Art (criticism, institutions and Indigenous Art).

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to US Studies
  • Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Americas, 1820-1980
  • Humanities General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Course outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • law
  • educator
  • diplomat
  • financial advisor
  • writer

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.