Acadia University was founded in 1838, and has a history of offering liberal arts education to a small but diverse student population.
The school takes pride in its renowned library, the Vaughan Memorial Library. Located at the centre of campus, the Library provides many services and specialized collections, which support the teaching and research programs of the University. The library collection of over a million titles in all formats is complemented by numerous electronic services and databases.
With its extensive arts disciplines, and a strong varsity athletics program, Acadia University also has a remarkable life balance ethos. Students take part in rigorous academics and enjoy Acadia’s athletics facilities, keeping a healthy mind and body.
Acadia is proud of its strong varsity athletics program, a tradition that dates back to 1875. Acadia holds more conference and national championships than any other university in Atlantic Canada and has the highest number of Academic All-Canadians for primarily undergraduate universities in the country. Acadia is a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Atlantic University Sport (AUS). When the varsity teams play, our fans gather to carry on Acadia's Stand Up and Cheer tradition! There are 11 varsity teams and 15 athletic clubs. Acadia is an optimum choice for those who are passionate about academics and ensuring personal physical health.
The Faculty of Arts at Acadia University consists of seven diverse departments, a School of Music, and a variety of multidisciplinary minors. The Faculty of Arts offers a wide selection of undergraduate courses in the humanities, languages, social sciences and the performing arts. It offers honours programmes in most subjects and graduate programmes in English, Politics, Sociology, and Social and Political Thought. The Faculty endeavours to develop its students' ability to think independently, conduct rigorous research, express themselves clearly and appreciate differences of opinions. Students normally complete a core of arts and science subjects during their first year and then select major and minor areas of concentration, or a double major complemented by elective courses.
Multidisciplinary minors offer an alternative to completing the minor requirements for a B.A. in a single discipline. Students interested in studying a topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives should consult the list of Multidisciplinary Minors available through Acadia's Faculty of Arts in the column to the left for full details and complete course lists. These include American Studies, Atlantic Canadian Studies, Canadian Studies, Comparative Religion, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, International Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Material & Visual Culture, Women’s & Gender Studies, and World Literatures.
Between all of these potential options, there are over 200 possible undergraduate combinations between the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, Faculty of Professional Studies, and Theology. Students will explore endless possibilities to combine passions and interests at the undergraduate level.
School of Music
The School of Music is located in Harvey Denton Hall on the campus of Acadia University in the beautiful town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Our facilities include digitally-enhanced classrooms equipped with laptop network drops, a digital recording studio, a midi lab, and an electronic keyboard lab. We offer many opportunities to perform in large and small ensembles including a touring Wind Ensemble, annual opera and music theatre productions, as well as a new music festival.
The Faculty of Arts is offering a new Master of Arts in Social and Political Thought. Social and Political Thought is Acadia’s newest graduate program, and the only graduate program in Social and Political Thought in Atlantic Canada. SPT masters interdisciplinary studies, and recognizes the complexity of life in a globalized age. This program works with students to theorize using multiple frames of reference to formulate meaning that is cohesive and coherent. You can check out the program here: http://spt.acadiau.ca/home.html
Acadia University is among the best in its class in Canada, offering a research environment that is both intimate and expansive, one in which students and faculty are engaged in rigorous inquiries that in some cases are locally focused, others which have a global reach, and many of which are increasingly interdisciplinary in nature. The University takes great pride in the skill of its faculty researchers and the important mentoring roles they assume with students. With a large number of undergraduate Honours programs, most of which are thesis-based, and thirteen graduate programs, students receive one-on-one research mentoring by highly skilled faculty members who are actively engaged in research. Many of our undergraduate and graduate students are sought out by larger comprehensive universities for further study, a clear testament to the quality of the research experience they have received here.