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Our programs of study are offered as a degree, diploma, or certificate. Within these programs you can specialize in the subject of your choice by choosing a major.

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Accounting is a way of capturing financial and non-financial information about organizations or individuals to help determine their position and to predict the future. This information is crucial for decision-making in business, government and also for personal finances. Careers may include business analyst, auditor, professional accountant (CPA), chief financial officer or tax manager.
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Anthropologists study peoples and societies throughout history, investigating what makes us different, and what binds us together. Saint Mary's offers the broadest range of anthropology courses in Nova Scotia, featuring real-world experiences and outstanding laboratory facilities.
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Asian Studies at Saint Mary's takes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring the continent and its cultures from an array of perspectives. Students majoring in Asian Studies are expected to take two years of Asian language courses, and have plentiful opportunities to study abroad.
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Astrophysics is the scientific study of the universe beyond Earth. It deals primarily with the behaviours, physical properties and dynamic processes of celestial objects and phenomena. Saint Mary's offers the only undergraduate Astrophysics degree program in Atlantic Canada and our professors are internationally recognized as leaders in astrophysics research.
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Students study the Atlantic region from sociological, ecological, cultural, literary, and historical perspectives, and are encouraged to pursue their own areas of interest through specialized courses. Atlantic Canada Studies can lay the groundwork for future study and rewarding careers.
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Biology is the study of living organisms (including humans) and their vital processes. Sub-disciplines of biology include ecology, genetics, behavior, physiology, anatomy, taxonomy, plant science, and developmental and population biology. Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their work related to genetics, ecology, and zoology, and often invite undergraduate students to assist them in their research.
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Chemistry is the study of matter, including its properties and composition, and the changes it can undergo. In addition to the core areas—analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical—students can address real-world issues through Green or Environmental Chemistry. Our Chemistry Major program is nationally accredited by the Chemical Institute of Canada.
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Classics is devoted to the social history, archaeology, art, and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean world, with emphasis on Greek and Roman civilizations, as well as the ancient Near East and Egypt. There are regular opportunities to participate in archaeological field projects.
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The major in Computing and Information Systems was designed in response to industry calls for business-savvy professionals who possess both theoretical and practical understanding of all five information systems components: hardware, software, data, processes, and users. Careers may include IT management, web security, network administration, or business analysis.
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Computing Science is the science of computational processes and information systems, and involves the application of algorithm, language, and system design to areas like medicine, security and entertainment. In addition to learning how computers and computing systems function, students develop marketable skills such as advanced numeracy, computer language proficiency (C++, Java, etc.), software design and development, project management, and more.
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Computing Science and Business Administration is an interdisciplinary four-year degree that combines computing science courses with a selection of courses taught in the Sobey School of Business. This program is designed to meet the increasing demand for individuals with a solid knowledge of computing science who understand the application of this technology to business challenges.
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Criminology is the systematic study of crime, criminals, and crime control. It is a young, dynamic field that applies research and theory from multiple disciplines. Saint Mary's University has the largest criminology program in Atlantic Canada, and is the only one to offer graduate-level training.
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From international trade to local housing markets, economics is embedded in day-to-day life. Students can pursue a major or honours in economics, and a co-op option is available with federal and provincial departments and agencies, as well as financial institutions. There are opportunities for academic exchange in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.
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Saint Mary’s offers the first two years of a four-year CEAB-accredited Bachelor of Engineering program. This general two-year program provides students with a broad knowledge base and solid foundation in engineering science and design, mathematics, natural science, and technical communications. Students completing the program are prepared to transfer into one of seven different disciplines of engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Chemical, Environmental, and Mineral Resources) for their final two years at Dalhousie University or Ontario’s University of Windsor.
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Students will cover the whole range of English literature, from the middle ages to the present, along with creative writing, literary theory, Canadian and American literature, Irish literature, and dramatic literature. Recent growth areas include new media and film, post-colonial and black British literature, and Indigenous literature and culture.
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Students will conceive and develop innovative ideas, and bring their classroom learning into the community by getting direct business experience through workshops, events, and competitions held on campus and across the nation, and through the Business Development Centre.
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Environmental Science is a fast-growing field that blends the science behind environmental systems with the theory needed to effectively manage and protect these systems in today’s world. Students develop an understanding of past environmental problems and explore possible solutions to current and future environmental challenges, often in collaboration with industry, government, community groups, or other academic institutions.
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The BES provides students with the capacity for critical and analytical thinking across disciplines. Our world-renowned faculty will enable students to work on local and global environmental topics including nature writing, environmental ethics, environmental economics, stewardship, conservation and habitat restoration, environmental management, and community-based fieldwork.
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Discover how money is made, invested and managed. Finance involves the preparation of financial reports, tax and regulatory requirements, cash flow, management, investment, and development of information to support financial decisions.
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Forensic Science is the application of scientific knowledge to legal matters. Forensic scientists strive to provide impartial evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defense in criminal and civil investigations. Students participate in hands-on lab work taught by leading professionals in fields like forensic pathology, toxicology, blood stain analysis, and entomology.
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Students are provided with a unique opportunity to enhance their linguistic and cultural awareness, and to discover the world of Francophonie within, and beyond, the European and North American continents. Through film, text, folklore and more.
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In today’s business world, knowing your niche is key. General Business Studies allows you to customize your degree to fit your unique interests, while maintaining a focus on the world of business. Learn areas such as accounting, marketing, economics and finance and gain a wide range of business skills.
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Geography is an interdisciplinary field that addresses real-world issues such as urban and regional planning, resource development, environmental management, and much more.
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Geology is the study of the Earth, its elements, and the circumstances that affect it. Geologists seek to understand the Earth and its physical, chemical, and biological evolution. This program is very hands-on, and many students get to take part in professors’ research related to the various fields of Earth sciences.
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Global Business Management will introduce you to how and why business practices vary in different countries. Learn basic business skills and examine these through the filter of language, culture, customs, practices, geography and history. Saint Mary’s offers you opportunities to travel and study to gain real world experience that employers are looking for in our globalizing world.
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History helps us learn who we are and where we came from. Our courses cultivate critical thinking and writing and research skills, and build on our strong ties to local museums and archives, and our national and international research networks.
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Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations gives you skills in the core functions of human relations including staffing, training and development, coaching, compensation, unions and workplace healthy and safety. You will learn about diversity, negotiations, talent recruitment and retention, and change management. Careers may include human resources or organizational development manager, benefits administrator, or affirmative action co-ordinator.
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Intercultural Studies involves extensive study of languages and cultural concepts, as well as experiential-learning opportunities locally and abroad. Students will develop practical strategies and theoretical knowledge for successful social life and professional careers in a multicultural city, country, and world.
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International Development Studies is about addressing the causes and consequences of global poverty and social injustice, and understanding and altering historical and contemporary patterns of global injustice.
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What does it mean to be Irish—and who gets to decide? Students study the Irish language, its sister language Scots Gaelic, Irish history, literature, folk culture, politics, music, film, and other aspects of contemporary Irish culture and society.
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Linguistics focuses on one of the defining characteristics of being human: the capacity to transform thought into talk, text, or sign. Saint Mary’s University hosts the only full undergraduate program in linguistics in the Maritimes.
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Management is a multidisciplinary field. A major in this area helps you learn to think strategically, lead organizations through study of structures, cultures and processes, and understand the complexity of the environment of business. Employers look to their managers to have strong leadership, public speaking, interpersonal, and communication skills, and to be able to work well in diverse teams.
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Marketing is the study of product development, design, pricing, packaging, distribution and sales. It deals with advertising, brand management, research and development, sales, consumer behaviour, psychology, promotion, social media, demographics and consumption patterns. Marketing careers may include product or brand manager, market research analyst, community manager, advertising manager, or sales manager.
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Mathematics shapes the way we interact with and perceive almost every aspect of society and the natural world, and can be applied in countless ways to support careers in science, business, economics, and the arts. Often working one-on-one with their professors, students develop a comprehensive understanding of mathematics from both theoretical and applied perspectives.
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Philosophy is a continuing endeavour in which thinkers attempt to fashion comprehensive and satisfying accounts of the things of the world, and how they fit together. Its central method is argument: through many small arguments the philosopher constructs and presents a view of how things stand.
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Physicists study everything from sub-atomic particles to star-studded galaxies in an effort to understand the physical laws that govern the known universe. This dynamic program features small class sizes, internationally recognized professors, and the only sub-atomic specialization in Atlantic Canada.
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Politics is about power relations, and political science combines theoretical understanding and practical skills to examine them. An education in political science can prepare students to help address the political challenges facing the world today.
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Psychology is the scientific study of how people think, feel, and behave. A psychology degree offers a versatile academic foundation that can be applied variety of sectors, work settings, and job roles. Psychology focuses on the complexities of human behavior and the factors that explain, predict, or modify behavior. Our psychology department is recognized as the preeminent leader in Industrial/Organizational Psychology east of Montreal and is home to some of the only Law Psychology professors in the Maritimes.
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Saint Mary’s diverse course offerings include explorations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more, and negotiate the ways in which religion impacts popular culture, politics, gender, and sexuality.
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Sociology is an attempt to make sense of profound social transformation between traditional and modern societies. Taught by a diverse, student-focused faculty, our faculty invites students to grapple with issues related to race, gender, class, and sexuality, and with institutions such as the family, politics, media, and multiculturalism.
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A major or minor in Spanish and Hispanic Culture provides dynamic language training from beginner to advanced levels in the classroom, study-abroad opportunities for full immersion in the language, and immediate hands-on cultural experiences.
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