Minors, Option, Certificate and Microprogram

These disciplines can be added to your main program of study as a minor only once enrolled.

Aging Studies (Minor) - suspended until fall 2024

The minor in Aging Studies combines the study of aging with several disciplines in social sciences, health sciences and the arts. The program, which develops knowledge and practical skills related to aging and the elderly, is designed for students interested in health, social services, social policy and research on the new realities of aging. This program can lead to careers in social work and health care in hospitals, community centres, shelters, or government agencies.

Aging Studies (Microprogram)

The microprogram in Aging Studies allows students to stand out in the job market or in research by acquiring knowledge and abilities in health and social services related to aging. One of the highlights of the program is a course on community involvement in services for older adults, which aims to consolidate practical and theoretical learnings. This microprogram is open to students wishing to add to their knowledge of Aging Studies.

Global Studies (Minor) - suspended until fall 2024

The minor in Global Studies allows students to expand their studies to include phenomena and processes related to globalization. As massive change sweeps the planet, the ability to grasp the issues involved in globalization is central to fully understanding our society.

This program can lead to careers in international development, politics, diplomacy and immigration.

Social Sciences of Health (Minor) - suspended until fall 2024

This multidisciplinary minor is for students who want to explore health related issues from a social sciences perspective. Research on the social determinants of health can shed light on the complex factors that can determine the health of populations. It can reveal key insights into why some people are healthier than others and what contributes to health improvement in a given population. The program encourages students to engage in critical dialogue on the social, economic, political, psychological and cultural dimensions of health.

This program can lead to careers in public administration, social and health policy, and community services.

Social Impact (Minor)

The Minor in Social Impact is intended for students who wish to have a positive impact on society. This minor can be added to a major field of study by providing students with a diverse set of intellectual tools and experiential learning opportunities that go beyond traditional approaches to “entrepreneurship” or even “social innovation”, that includes entrepreneurial activities that aim to create a sustainable and socially-oriented business, as well as creativity for social impact, innovative-problem solving, and policy transformation, via informal associations, non-profits and advocacy organizations.

African Studies (Minor)

The Minor in African Studies and African Diasporas at the University of Ottawa is a multidisciplinary and cross-faculty program that examines the issues and realities of the African continent (Sub-Saharan and North Africa) and its diasporas in all their diversity. Leveraging cross-faculty collaboration, the program comprehensively and thoroughly covers these issues and realities, addressing disciplines and fields as varied as anthropology, history, law, and management.

African Studies (Option)

For many decades, Africa has experienced profound social, demographic and political transformations, which have propelled it to the forefront of the international scene, not as a place of concentrated suffering (wars, epidemics, etc.) but as one of immense potential for its own population and for the entire world.

This option allows students to improve their knowledge and understanding of the issues related to these profound changes.

Certificate in Political Science

The certificate is designed for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of political science. The certificate is open to recent secondary school or college graduates, experienced volunteers, community workers or civil servants.