Undergraduate Programs (courses)

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Minor Concentration

The Quebec Studies Program (QSP) is unique, as it studies a society that is in overwhelming majority francophone, in an anglophone university in that society. 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.

The QSP is responsible for the following courses: QCST 200, Introduction to the Study of Quebec (new course-offered Fall 2018); QCST 300, Quebec Culture and Society (Offered Winter 2019, theme Le cinéma québécois), QCST 336 (Summer 2019), Histoire et Culture de Montréal et du Québec en français; QCST 440, Contemporary Issues in Quebec (Title for Winter 2019: Living in Montreal: Ethnicity and Race from Past to Present).

Courses are in either French or in English. The title (or sub-title) of each course indicates the language in which it is offered. Ordinarily, term papers and exams may be written in either language. The exceptions are courses offered by the Département de langue et littérature françaises, 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 one of the required courses offered by the Program. 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 Concentration (18 credits) (Expandable)

The goal of the Minor Concentration is to give the student a general knowledge of Montreal and Quebec  society that will be both interdisciplinary and complementary to his/her own Major Concentration or Honours Program.

Students can enroll in the Minor Concentration either in U2 or U3. They must obtain permission to do so either from the Program Adviser or from the Program Director.

Required Courses (9 credits)

Course Name/Number Title Credits

QCST 200 Intro to the Study of Quebec
PDF icon qcst200-syllabus.pdf

Fall 2018


QCST 300 Quebec Culture and Society
Le cinéma québécois and mention: offered in French, crosslisted with course FREN 315 mardis et jeudis 14h35-15h55, Professeur Alain Farah.

Winter 2019


QCST 440 Contemporary Issues in Quebec
Wednesday, 2h35-5h25, Professor Mary Anne Poutanen.
PDF icon qcst_440_and_cans_413_-_summary_20171.pdf

Winter 2019 - Living in Montreal: Ethnicity and Race 3

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

  • Of these 9 credits, 6 credits must be core courses, or courses approved by the Program Director.
  • 3 credits must be taught in the French language and can be chosen from French as a Second Language course offerings or could be course QCST 336.
  • 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.