Academic Programs and Supports

Western has a wide variety of academic programs to choose from.

This section describes some examples of the academic programs you can take.


Academic Programs

Discover your passions, gain a new perspective and get involved with our Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Explore the vital elements of human experience through language, literature, art, film visual culture and more, and study with internationally recognized researchers, staff and award-winning teachers. With more than 14 programs available from Digital Humanities, English Studies, Linguistics, Theatre Studies, Visual Arts and more, there is an area of interest for everyone and the flexibility to combine programs of interest.

Students interested in interdisciplinary studies, experiential learning and community engagement can also apply to the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities – a unique program in Canada.

Western Engineering offers an innovative student-focused, career-driven educational experience. You will play an active role in choosing your career path from a diverse array of opportunities. You will explore various Engineering disciplines in our common first year in Engineering before selecting an area of specialization.

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers students a unique combination of musical and academic options and is one of Canada’s largest music faculties. Students learn from nationally recognized scholars, composers, administrators, teachers and performers. Students can choose from 3 degree options:

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Musical Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

These degree options offer many specialized programs, such as:

  • Music Administrative Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music Recording Arts
  • Popular Music Studies

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to bettering the human condition through the outstanding training of health professionals. The faculty delivers undergraduate programs in 3 areas:

  • Health Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Nursing

Nine graduate programs are available, including:

  • Advanced Health Care Practice
  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Speech & Language Science
  • Physical Therapy

The Faculty of Information & Media Studies provides a learning environment that supports interdisciplinary collaboration, creative inquiry and critical thinking. Programs include:

  • Media, Information and Technoculture
  • Media and the Public Interest

Graduate programs include the:

  • Master of Arts in Media Studies
  • Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture
  • Master of Health Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Media in Journalism and Communications

The Faculty of Science offers a world-class and high-impact learning environment. The Western Experience goes beyond the regular classroom. It immerses students in hands-on laboratory experiences in state-of-the-art facilities. Programs include:

  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Computer and Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Sustainability Sciences

Students can also apply to the Integrated Science Program (WISc). Starting immediately in first-year, students in WISc learn together, grow together and solve big problems together. Integrated Science courses explore the interdisciplinary nature of science.

At the Faculty of Social Science, you will uncover problems, find solutions and explore other factors that affect the human condition. Social Science is the largest faculty at Western and offers a wide variety of programs, such as:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography, History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Ivey Business School is recognized as one of the top business management schools in Canada and worldwide. Ivey’s Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree gives you an unmatched combination of academic excellence and outstanding opportunity. Through the unique Ivey HBA Program experience, you will learn what every manager needs to know; you will also develop the confidence, expertise and skills to take your career wherever you want it to go.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Business can explore our Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management and PhD programs.

The Faculty of Education provides you with high-quality academic and practical studies in education and many opportunities for professional growth. Programs focus on developing the knowledge, skills, qualities and habits of professional teachers. For example, the Leadership in Indigenous Education, Master of Professional Education Program prepares educators for a range of leadership roles in schools, school systems, colleges, adult learning settings and related organizations.

Studying at the Faculty of Law will encourage you to think critically, teach you to argue cogently and instill in you a solid understanding of the law. You might be contemplating a career in law – perhaps in private practice, teaching, public service or business, or considering a graduate program.

The Faculty of Law recognizes that members of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are not adequately represented within the legal profession and actively encourages applications from these groups. For more information, view the Applicant Categories for Law.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry gives you educational experience within a research-intensive environment. Programs you can specialize in range from the Medical Sciences and Neuroscience to Medicine and Dentistry.

Western aims to encourage more Indigenous individuals to consider a career in medicine and dentistry. Applicants to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry who self-identify as Indigenous persons may be considered for designated seats where they will be considered holistically, taking into account their academic performance, community contributions and personal motivations for entering the program(s).

At the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, you will have opportunities to learn from distinguished academics, business leaders and experts in your field. Graduate programs can be found in many disciplines and across a broad range of programs.

View all of Western’s graduate academic programs.

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Academic Supports

Western offers a variety of supports to foster learning environments that all students can thrive in to their full potential.

Academic Support & Engagement, part of Student Experiences, offers learning opportunities for students via:

  • Leadership Enrichment and Accessible Education
  • Learning Development & Success
  • the Writing Centre

Careers & Experience offers career education and experiential learning opportunities for students interested in applying their knowledge to support initiatives in the community.

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