Earth and Environmental Sciences
The program emphasizes the interactions between humans and the environment and is extremely flexible: students can focus on the environment or the solid earth in their studies as well as enhance their program with related courses in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geography, plus mathematics and statistics.
Water is projected to become Canada’s foremost ecological crisis early in this century, and the availability and management of freshwater is becoming one of the greatest environmental, social, and political challenges of the 21st century. The Freshwater Science program integrates aquatic aspects of biology, chemistry, geography, and earth and environmental sciences. Students in the program will study water quality and quantity, aquatic organisms, and the health of aquatic ecosystems. Graduates of this program will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with future national and international freshwater environmental problems — both in water quality and quantity.
Gender and Women’s Studies
An understanding of the role of gender in global cultures today and throughout history is critical to its continued sustainability. Whether approaching broader issues of gender or more focused in women’s studies, this program will challenge stereotypes and encourage free and critical thought and informed, respectful discussion.
The interdisciplinary Indigenous studies program offers courses providing perspectives of Indigenous Peoples from the Okanagan, Canada, and world communities. The program’s partnership with the Okanagan nation and the En’owkin Centre ensures a strong foundation in the Okanagan community and a continuing input from Indigenous perspectives. Students learn about Indigenous governance, justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, the protection of heritage, and Indigenous theory.
The program allows students to develop a solid background in related areas of political science, history, sociology-anthropology, economics, and modern languages. It stresses critical thinking and essential communication skills and provides a solid foundation for diverse career options, including those associated with law, business, politics and government, foreign service, teaching, international development, and most professional programs. Post-graduate programs in IR are available at many universities in Canada and around the world.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
The degree is constructed on the belief that the parallel study of related disciplines significantly enhances the student’s understanding of each discipline. The study of philosophy develops analytical rigour and the ability to criticise and reason logically. It allows students to apply these skills to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge and how we make ethical recommendations. The study of politics provides an understanding of the issues dividing societies, why democracies emerge, why states go to war or seek peace. The study of economics provides an understanding of the workings of contemporary economies and our consumer decisions in a global marketplace. The PPE major is recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in business or government or who intend to undertake studies in law, business, commerce, journalism, social work, education or public administration.