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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 and journalism. King’s campus is nestled on the northwest corner of Dalhousie University, with which it grants joint degrees. Resembling the campuses of Oxford and Cambridge, a central quadrangle is surrounded by an award-winning library, stone residences, a chapel and a gym. 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. “At King’s, your education will transform you and sustain you for a lifetime,” says president William Lahey. “You will learn to discern, create and communicate meaning in a world where change is the only constant.” 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 master of journalism and a two-year limited-residency master 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
• Foundation Year Programme: An intensive study of seminal works from the ancient to contemporary world. The interdisciplinary approach covering philosophy, history, literature, natural and social sciences provides context for the ideas that shape our time.
• History of Science and Technology: Examines the historical, philosophical and sociological context of humans’ encounters with nature; includes historical studies of ancient science and technology, but also wrestles with contemporary concerns, such as bio-politics, the meaning of human nature, the rise of machines, and the interactions between science and religion.
Bachelor of Journalism: Students learn to conduct independent research, think critically about current affairs and tell stories to a range of audiences; final year includes concentrated workshops and internships.

Cool Courses
• Science Fiction in Film: Explores the subject by examining themes including the “mad scientist,” scientific utopias and dystopias, and voyages into space.
• Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture, and Science of Beer: A study of the historical role of brewing in the evolution of thermodynamics, sanitation, chemistry, taxation, bacteriology, nationalism and quantum mechanics.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Arts: 71.2%
Science: 79.4%
Arts: $7,292 ($8,575 out-of-province) Science: $8,261 ($9,544 out-of-province) Undergraduates: 959
Graduates: 47
273 (240 reserved for first years)

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