Academic Programs and Supports


Western has a wide variety of academic programs to choose from.

This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take.

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Academic Programs

Discover your passions, gain a new perspective and get involved with our Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Explore the vital elements of human experience through language, literature, art, film visual culture and more. Study with internationally recognized researchers, staff and award-winning teachers. With more than 14 programs available from Digital Humanities, English Studies, Linguistics, Theatre Studies, Visual Arts and more, there is an area of interest for everyone and the flexibility to combine programs of interest. 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 offers an innovative student-focused, career-driven educational experience where you play an active role in choosing your career path from a diverse array of opportunities. You will explore various Engineering disciplines in our common first year before selecting an area of specialization.

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers students a unique combination of musical and academic options and is one of the largest music faculties in Canada. Students learn from nationally recognized scholars, composers, administrators, teachers and performers. Students can choose from 3 degree options: Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and the Bachelor of Arts. These degree options also offer many specialized programs, such as Popular Music Studies, Music Administrative Studies, Music Recording Arts and Music Education.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to bettering the human condition through outstanding training of health professionals. The faculty delivers undergraduate program in 3 areas: Health Studies, Kinesiology and Nursing. Nine graduate programs are available from Speech & Language Science, Physical Therapy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Advanced Health Care Practice and more.

The Faculty of Information and Media Studies provides you with a learning environment that supports interdisciplinary collaboration, creative inquiry and critical thinking. Programs include: Media, Information and Technoculture, and Media and the Public Interest. Graduate programs include: The Master of Media in Journalism and Communications, Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Health Information Science and Master of Arts in Media Studies.

The Faculty of Science offers a world-class and high-impact learning environment. The Western Experience goes beyond the regular classroom and immerses students in hands-on laboratory experiences, in state-of-the-art facilities. Programs include: Basic Medical Sciences, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Sustainability Sciences. Students can also apply to the Integrated Science Program (WISc). Starting immediately in first-year, students in WISc learn together, grow together and solve big problems together. Integrated Science courses explore the interdisciplinary nature of science.

At the Faculty of Social Science, you will uncover problems, find solutions and explore other factors that affect the human condition. Social Science is the largest faculty at Western and offers a wide variety of programs, such as Anthropology, Economics, Indigenous Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

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. Students interested in pursing graduate studies in Business can explore our Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management and PhD programs.

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 Indigenous Education, Master of Professional Education Program prepares educators for a range of leadership roles in schools, school systems, colleges, adult learning settings and related organizations.

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. 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.

View all of Western’s graduate academic programs.

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Academic Supports

Western offers a variety of supports to foster learning environments in which all students can thrive to their full potential.

Academic Support & Engagement, part of Student Experiences, offers learning opportunities for students via the Writing Centre, Learning Development & Success, Leadership Enrichment and Accessible Education.

Careers and Experience offers career education and experiential learning opportunities for students interested in applying their knowledge to support initiatives in the community.

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