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Minors and language certificates

Enhancing your degree


What is a minor?

24 credits in a specific discipline (earned within the requirements of your degree), allowing you to provide additional focus or diversity to said degree, and make it unique to you.


Degree options overview

4 year B.A. requires 120 credits to graduate
3 year general B.A. requires 90 credits to graduate
          Specialization - 60 credits (4-yr programs)
          Major - 42 credits
          Concentration - 36 credits (3-yr programs)
          Minor - only 24 credits


Example of a possible combination with a minor:

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What are the advantages of taking a minor?

• Opportunity to combine various interests
• Opportunity to gain specialized knowledge in a given branch within your discipline of study
• Explore what piques your curiosity, whether directly related to your main area of study or not
• Diversify your learning and knowledge
• Maximize your potential
• Diversify your career opportunities
• Create a degree that is as unique as you


Why take a minor at the University of Sudbury?

We live in a complex, diverse, and ever-changing global community. The challenges we now face are unique and will continue to change. A minor in the Humanities will complement any program of study by providing transdisciplinary skills and knowledge that will stand the test of time in this rapidly changing world. Studying in the Humanities will help hone your critical, analytical and creative thinking skills; your problem-solving skills; your adaptation skills; and your communications skills. These are all transferable and crucial skills to have in any career and in your everyday life.


Minors offered at the University of Sudbury:

Indigenous Studies:

Explore courses on social justice, ecological knowledge, environmental issues, culture, languages, history, and traditions as they relate to the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Available minors:
Indigenous Studies
Indigenous Healing and Wellness
Indigenous Peoples and Mining
Indigenous Environmental Studies

Religious Studies:

Take courses to learn about religions of the world and to gain new perspectives and cultural understanding, or opt to study your own religion to become more in-tune with your spirituality. Knowledge and understanding of various beliefs creates open-mindedness that is beneficial in any field of work. Available minors:
Religious Studies
Asian Studies
Islamic Studies


Learn how to tackle ethical dilemmas that occur in various fields: business, sports, healthcare, environmental sciences and other professions. Explore topics of sexuality, feminism, education, religion, language, art, and science to critically understand the reality through a philosophical lens. Available minors:

Études journalistiques:

Study the diverse methods of communications and their place in the media and marketing world. Learn to deliver clear, concise and strategic messages. Explore the various practice methods for radio, internet, journalism, public relations and more.
Note: This minor is only offered in French
Études journalistiques

Folklore et ethnologie:

Study ethnology, intangible heritage, cultural diversity, social mobility, or the management of heritage and cultural territories. Learn to see culture and heritage not as abstract fields rooted in the past, but as creative vehicles for community development and empowerment, here and now.
Note: These minors are only offered in French.
Folklore et ethnologie
Patrimoine et cultures du numériques

How do you declare a minor? 

Students must send an email to advise the Registrar's Office at Reminder that this process is done through Laurentian, as we are part of the Laurentian Federation.

What is a language certificate?

Language certificates can be earned alongside your degree and will enhance your resume upon graduation. As a bilingual and tri-cultural institution, there are many options to discover at the University of Sudbury.

Program  FR       ENG    Other 
 Religious Studies / Sciences religieuses      X  X  
 Philosophy / Philosophie  X  X  
 Indigenous Studies / Études autochtones  X  X Cree, Nishnaabemwin  
 Études journalistiques  X    
 Folklore et ethnologie  X    


Bilingual Certificate

15 credits taught in French or English, but not in your primary language of study.

Possible options to obtain this certificate:
• Complete 15 credits as electives that meet the requirements of this certificate.
• Take a minor in a program offered partly or primarily in a language other than your primary language of study. Ex: Sociologie with minor in Philosophy or Indigenous Studies with minor in Études journalistiques.
• Study in both English and French through bilingual program options. Many programs are offered in both English and French and can be combined to complete your degree, such as Philosophie/Philosophy or Religious Studies/Sciences religieuses at the University of Sudbury.
• Complete 2 majors, one in English and one in French (for instance, in Indigenous Studies and in Philosophie at the University of Sudbury).


Multilingual Certificate

12 credits taught in English or French, but not in your main language of study (excludes language courses)

12 credits from intermediate and advanced level of Italian, Spanish, Cree or Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe)

Possible options at the University of Sudbury:

• 18 credits of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Cree + 12 credits in French (if Anglophone) OR + 12 credits in English (if Francophone)
• 18 credits of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Nishnaabemwin + 12 credits in French (if Anglophone) OR + 12 credits in English (if Francophone)


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