University of King’s College

University of King’s College | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1789



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King’s is one of Canada’s oldest and smallest universities, known for its interdisciplinary programs in the humanities. Nestled on the northwest corner of the campus of its sister university, Dalhousie, with which it grants joint degrees, King’s resembles the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge: a central quadrangle surrounded by an award-winning library, stone residences, a chapel and a gymnasium. Many first-year students enrol in the unique Foundation Year Programme to prepare for upper-year courses, where they study the great works of Western thought—from Plato to Dante to Beckett—and take part in lectures and small-group tutorials. “Within a welcoming collegiate setting we seek to bring out the best in our students,” says George Cooper, who is wrapping up four years as King’s president. “Our graduates have the means and the desire to think, write and speak clearly and knowledgeably, ready to face the world.” Another big draw is the school of journalism, which offers a four-year bachelor’s degree, an eight-month program for students who have an earlier degree, a 10-month masters of journalism and a two-year limited-residency masters of fine arts in creative non-fiction. Extracurriculars include an impressive music scene, a theatrical society, one of the oldest college literary societies in North America and a renowned chapel choir.

READ: The inside scoop from a King’s student

Standout Programs
Early Modern Studies: This program considers the modern era by its origins. As a combined honours program, it is taken with another subject in the sciences or the arts, allowing students to study that subject in an early modern context.
• Foundation Year Programme: In this interdisciplinary year-long course, students study the classics of the Western literary and philosophical canons.
Bachelor of Journalism: Students learn to conduct independent research, think critically about current affairs, tell stories to a range of audiences and work with new digital and mobile tools.

Cool Courses

• Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe: Thousands of people were charged with witchcraft and executed in Europe during the same period that saw the rise of modern science and philosophy. This course examines the time period and how these events occurred.
• Creative Non-Fiction: Literary journalism, memoirs and essays fall under the purview of this journalism course, which looks at the development of creative non-fiction as a genre and provides students with the tools to write it themselves.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
Arts: 72.6%
Science: 75%
Arts: $7,347 ($8,630 out-of-province) Science: $7,723 ($9,006 out-of-province) Full-time: 1,000
Part-time: 64
273 (approx. 240 reserved for first years)

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