The Quebec Studies Program (QSP) offers students the opportunity to take a Minor in Quebec Studies. The program offers the possibility of including opportunities for community engagement as part of one's studies, as well as opportunities for students to improve their knowledge of French as well as their knowledge of Quebec's history and culture. 


Since its inception, the QSP has given Quebecers, Canadians and international students the chance to improve their knowledge of many important issues that have defined and continue to define and redefine Quebec, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the evolution of the Canadian constitutional debate, the reform of social programs, provincial linguistic policies, native issues, regional differences and relations between the anglophone, allophone and francophone communities.

This testimony from one of our recent graduates gives a vivid picture of the opportunities afforded by the program.

The QSP is responsible for the following courses: QCST 200 PDF icon qcst_200_-_syllabus_2020.pdf Introduction to the Study of Quebec and QCST 440, Contemporary Issues in Quebec - Living in Montreal: Ethnicity and "Race" from Past to Present) PDF icon qcst_440_and_cans_413_-_summary_2020.pdf. QCST 300 is cross-listed with HIST 303 - a course on the history of Quebec.

QCST 200 is given in English and QCST 440 is given in both English and French. The title (or sub-title) of each course indicates the language in which it is offered. As is the case with most other courses at McGill, term papers and exams may be written in either language. (One exception are courses offered by the Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création, where all papers must be submitted, and all exams must be written, in French.)

Please note that it is necessary to be able to read French in order to follow all of the required courses offered by the Program except for QCST 200, as well as the "Core Courses." All the other Québec Studies courses included in the Minor or Major Concentration are the responsibility of the departments who offer them and it is those departments that determine the language of some or all of the readings and the language in which the lectures will be given. To obtain a complete description of these courses and the admission requirements where applicable, students should read the relevant sections of the McGill Calendar and, if necessary, consult with the departments concerned, bearing in mind that not all courses are available in any given year. It is a the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has successfully completed any course prerequisites.

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 300 - History of Quebec  (Cross-listed with HIST 303)

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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