Ten unusual programs of study at Canadian universities

December 21, 2021
twitter icon facebook icon
Man playing game

We all know the classic degrees: business, science, the arts. But what if you want to study something a little more “off the beaten path”?

Here are some unusual programs of study at Canadian universities you might consider:

Music therapy

Acadia University offers a bachelor’s degree and certificate in music therapy—a program unique to Atlantic Canada. Students learn to use their love of music to help others manage stress, enhance memory and promote rehabilitation and wellness.

Video game design

At the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, students can apply their creativity and computer skills to design the next big video game! 3D animation, storytelling and digital design are all taught in this program.

Indigenous languages

More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken across Canada, including Algonquian, Inuit and Salish languages. Lakehead University, the First Nations University of Canada and The University of British Columbia are among those offering programs to learn, specialize in or teach Indigenous languages.

Lighting design

Many of us take lighting for granted in our everyday lives, but lighting can impact your mood, the atmosphere and your health and safety. Ryerson University offers a certificate in lighting design, teaching students to be industry experts as demand for environmentally responsible and ergonomically sound lighting increases.


York University offers students the chance to learn about racial issues in the workplace, schools, healthcare, immigration, law enforcement, media and the arts.


At the University of Prince Edward Island, you can study the unique culture, environment, economy, geography and politics of island life.

Medieval times

The University of St. Michael’s College offers a Medieval Studies minor, allowing students to explore the development of medieval culture and society in Europe, West Asia and North Africa.

Recreation, sport and tourism

This bachelor’s degree, offered at the Université de Moncton and the University of Alberta, allows students to explore the wide world of recreation and leisure. Courses cover subjects including tourism, fitness programs, the arts and culture and community development.

Crop production

The University of Fraser Valley’s certificate program in horticultural crop production and protection emphasizes practices for growing food in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way. Courses teach practical skills including plant identification, pest diagnosis and soil analysis.

Build your own

Recognizing the value of a well-rounded education, the Université Laval offers students the chance to build their own program with their multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree. The possibilities are endless!

To find more university programs offered in Canada, visit universitystudy.ca.

About Universities Canada
Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians.

Media contact:

Lisa Wallace
Assistant Director, Communications
Universities Canada
[email protected]

← Previous
2021 highlights from Canadian universities
Next →
Joint statement from convening higher education associations

Related news

Universities Canada