Certificate in Heritage Studies

The Certificate in Heritage Studies (CHS) affords students an added dimension to their undergraduate degree, exposing them to professional settings and ways of applying historical knowledge through experiential, community-engaged and work-integrated learning. The purpose of the certificate is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the heritage sector. Upon completion, students will benefit from a certificate that will accompany their degree and illustrate their added knowledge, skills, and experience to potential employers and institutions.


The Certificate in Heritage Studies is a 12- credit hour certificate, comprised of course work and an institution-focused project. Students must have completed their first year of university (or 30 credit hours) and be in good academic standing, with an average of B or better, to enroll in the certificate program.



  1. HIST 2950.03, Introduction to Heritage Studies and Public Humanities
  2. Six credit hours from a list of approved electives to provide additional historical context and/or theoretical engagement with public uses of history and heritage, to prepare them to make best use of the capstone experience.
  3. HIST 4710.03, Heritage Studies: Capstone. This will be a final, three credit hour seminar requiring students to apply the skills and knowledge gathered from the program to an institution-focused project. Each student will develop a project that will necessitate them drawing on the resources of a particular local institution (e.g., Pier 21, Nova Scotia Museum sites, Dalhousie Archives, etc.) without having to be hired or formally placed. The certificate coordinator will guide students through this capstone project seminar, usually in the fall semester of their final year of study.


Electives (Note that not all courses on this list are offered each year):


Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology:  

SOSA 2052.03   Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Studies

SOSA 2111.03   Is there an Atlantic Canada? 

SOSA 2115.03   African Canadian Society, Culture, and Resistance  

SOSA 2191.03   Gender Across Cultures

SOSA 3015.03   Popular Memory  

SOSA 3185.03   Issues in the Study of Indigenous Peoples of North America 

SOSA 3284.03   Living in Cities


Department of History:

HIST 2205.03   Historical Issues in Indigenous Studies 

HIST 2210.03   Many Canadas: Canada, 1930 to the present  

HIST 2235.03   History of Canadian Culture 

HIST 2272.03   Atlantic Canada since Confederation: Regionalism, Identity, and Development

HIST 2280.03   African Nova Scotian History 

HIST 2900.03   Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to Art History & Visual Culture 

HIST 3210.03   Canadian Cultural Landscapes  

HIST 3215.03   Indigenous Textiles in Canada: Tourism, Industry, Identity

HIST 3274.03   Nova Scotia: Post-Confederation  

HIST 3282.03   Public History

HIST 3302.03   Technology and History in North America

HIST 4250.03   Popular Culture in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850 

HIST 4210.03 Museums, Archives, and Material Culture

HIST 4162.03/THEA 4360.03/MUSC 4360.03, Advanced Seminar in Baroque Culture [taught at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the State Castle in Cesky Krumlov]


Indigenous Studies:   

INDG 3050.03  Indigenous Research Methodologies and Knowledge Practices

INDG 3401.03  Indigenous Representation in Film


Department of Political Science:

POLI 2215.03   Canadian Aboriginal Politics: An Institutional Perspective  


Department of English:

ENGL 2006.03   Cultural Studies


Contemporary Studies Programme:

CTMP 2316.03   The “Pictorial Turn” in Recent Thought, Art and Theory

CTMP 3322.03   Representations of the Holocaust: Remembrance


Canadian Studies Program:

CANA 2002.03   The Idea of Canada: Cultural and Literary Perspectives