Academic Programs and Supports


You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Western and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at Western.

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Academic Programs

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities gives you the opportunity to explore the vital elements of human experience through language, literature, art, film, visual culture and more. Programs you can take include Classical Studies, English and Writing, Film Studies, Linguistics, French Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Visual Arts and Women’s Studies. Students interested in interdisciplinary studies, experiential learning and community engagement can also apply to the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities – a unique program in Canada.

Western Engineering provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a Professional Engineer. You will be given the opportunity to define your academic experience in flexible and exciting ways, creating paths of study designed to your individual interests and aspirations. You’ll explore various engineering disciplines in first year, so that you can make an informed choice for specialization in 1 of 9 undergraduate engineering programs.

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers you music education taught by nationally recognized scholars, composers, administrators, teachers and performers. Programs you can take include Music Education, Popular Music Studies and combined degree programs with Ivey Business School.

The Faculty of Health Sciences delivers undergraduate programs in 3 areas and graduate programs in 6 disciplines that include Nursing, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Health Studies and Occupational Studies.

The Faculty of Information and Media Studies provides you with a learning environment that supports interdisciplinary collaboration, creative inquiry and critical thinking. Programs you can take include Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT), Media Theory and Production (MTP) and Media and the Public Interest. Graduate programs include the Master of Media in Journalism and Communications.

The Faculty of Science engages you in critical thinking and hands-on learning in state-of-the-art labs in the field, online and in the classroom. Programs you can take include Applied Mathematics, Basic Medical Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Astronomy and many more. Students can also apply to our Integrated Science Program, an honors program that combines the focused course work of a traditional degree with unique set of courses in Integrated Science.

At the Faculty of Social Science, you’ll uncover problems, find solutions and explore other factors that affect the human condition. You can take classes in departments that include Anthropology, Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, International Relations Management and Organizational Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.

The Ivey Business School is recognized as one of the top business management schools in Canada and around the world. Ivey’s Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree gives you an unmatched combination of academic excellence and outstanding opportunity. Through the unique Ivey HBA Program experience, you will not only learn what every manager needs to know; you will also develop the confidence, expertise and skills to take your career wherever you want it to go.

The Faculty of Education provides you with high-quality academic and practical studies in education, as well as many opportunities for professional growth. Programs focus on developing the knowledge, skills, qualities and habits of professional teachers For example, the Leadership in Aboriginal Education, Master of Professional Education Program, prepares educators for a range of leadership roles in schools, school systems, colleges, adult learning settings and related agencies.

Studying at the Faculty of Law will encourage you to think critically, teach you to argue cogently and instill in you a solid understanding of the law. You might be contemplating a career in law – perhaps in private practice, teaching, public service or business, or perhaps you are considering a graduate program. The Faculty of Law recognizes that members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis are not adequately represented within the legal profession and therefore strongly encourages applications from these groups. Aboriginal candidates may be admitted unconditionally; for more information view the Applicant Categories.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry gives you educational experience within a research-intensive environment. Programs you can specialize in range from the Medical Sciences and Neuroscience to Medicine and Dentistry. Western has made an effort to encourage more Indigenous individuals to consider a career in medicine and dentistry. Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous persons may be considered for designated seats where they will be considered holistically, taking into account their academic performance as well as their community contributions and personal motivations for entering the program(s).

At the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, you will have opportunities to learn from distinguished academics, business leaders and experts in your field. Graduate programs can be found in many disciplines and across a broad range of programs.

Be sure to check out all of Western’s graduate academic programs.

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Academic Supports

Western offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at Western.

The Student Development Centre, part of the Student Experience, offers you professional and accessible services to help you achieve your personal, academic and professional goals. Staff members are highly trained and experienced professionals, who are caring and confidential.

You can access Learning Skills Services, enroll in a Certificate of Academic Engagement program or attend workshops on improving concentration skills, time management and more.

At the Writing Support Centre, you can access help at any stage of the writing process, in any genre, across the disciplines. You can book one-on-one writing counselling sessions or join in group writing workshops and seminars.

To find out more about Western’s academic supports, please visit Western’s Student Development Centre website.

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