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Minor in Quebec Studies and Community-Engaged Learning

The Quebec Studies Program is an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Arts that fosters interdisciplinary studies in Quebec history, culture, and society. We aim to enhance McGill students' academic experience by giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in Quebec's language, history, and culture. Quebec Studies offers a Minor Concentration which aims to give students an interdisciplinary overview of Quebec’s historical and contemporary realities by taking advantage of a community engagement learning approach within the Montreal community. More about the program can be read in the drop-down menu below, outlining the program's overall goal, its advantages, graduating students' career prospects and the minor requirements:


The goal of the Minor in Quebec Studies and Community-Engaged Learning is to give students an interdisciplinary overview of Quebec's historical and contemporary realities and a community-engaged learning experience in a Montreal organization. Students are offered the possibility of linking academic course content with hands-on experience within a Montreal community organization. The minor in Quebec Studies and Community Engaged-Learning is a program that allows students to enrich their knowledge, increase their personal and professional ties, while discovering the issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion in the Montreal context. Students from the Faculty of Arts, as well as those coming from the Desaultels Faculty of Management, Faculties of Law or Education or other McGill Faculties can gain many advantages from pursuing this multidisciplinary Minor.


Here are some of the key advantages for choosing the Minor: 

  • Discover Quebec's diverse historical and contemporary realities
  • Enhance your McGill experience by being connected to the city 
  • Develop key career interdisciplinary skills and competencies
  • Apply in-class knowledge to Montreal's social real-life context
  • Increase your network and build connections in Montreal

Career Prospects

Because of its interdisciplinary objectives and content and also with the community engagement learning stage, Quebec Studies graduates can follow different pathways. 

Whether choosing graduate school or the job market, the Minor in Quebec Studies and Community-Engaged Learning aims to develop key competencies such as critical thinking, oral and written communications skills, intercultural fluency and leadership competencies to favour a successful transition into the workspace. Many graduates have decided to pursue graduate studies by attending the following graduate programs:

  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Teacher Education
  • Journalism and Communication Studies
  • Urban Planning

Other graduates have decided to start their professional careers with their undergraduate degree by working as: 

  • Civil Servants within Canada's, Quebec's or Montreal's Public Service
  • Community Workers in the following sectors: cultural, social, policy, immigration, health and education
  • Freelance writer and independent researcher

Minor Requirements

Required Courses 6 credits

Required courses normally completed in the following order: 

QCST 200 - Introduction to the Study of Quebec (U0 or U1)

QCST 400 - Contemporary Issues in Quebec (U2 or U3) - Winter 2022

Complementary Courses 9 credits

Of these 9 credits, 6 credits must be core courses or courses approved by the Program Director and 3 credits must be taught in the French language and can be chosen from French as a Second Language course offerings

At least 3 of the 9 complementary credits must be at the 300 level or above. 

The selection of courses will be made in consultation with the Program Director and will vary depending on the major concentration or honours program of each student. 

Here is a non-exhaustive list of core courses. Other courses could be considered core course with the approval of program Director, Professor Pascal Brissette

Ex. POLI 226 - La vie politique québécoise

Ex. POLI 221 - The Government of Canada

Ex. FREN 252 - Littérature québécoise (In French)

Ex. ENGL 313 - Canadian Drama and Theatre: Quebec

Ex. HIST 353 - History of Montreal

Ex. CANS 401 - Canadian Studies Seminar: Migration of Caribbean Individuals to Montreal

Ex. POLI 412 - Voting Behaviour and Canadian Opinion

Ex. POLI 426 - Partis politiques et comportement électoral au Québec




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