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Situated on a beautiful campus bordered by the sparkling Rideau River and Canal, Carleton is just minutes from the heart of our nation’s government and enjoys easy access to the many organizations, associations and businesses which thrive in Ottawa. Many of Ontario’s leading high tech companies surround our campus where cutting-edge research joins with highly innovative teaching to solve real-life problems. Members of a dynamic, research-intensive university, Carleton’s faculty and staff provide a superior learning experience for our fine students who hail from every province and from over 100 countries around the world.

Carleton offers 65 programs of study in areas as diverse as public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology and international studies. More than 2,000 brilliant professors and staff members constitute a diverse and dedicated team serving 28,000 students. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts.

Students are truly VIPs on the Carleton campus and enjoy residence and recreation programs as well as a wide variety of cultural and social activities. Endowed lectures bring speakers of world renown to our campus and proximity to the city makes it possible to enjoy world-class events at the National Arts Centre and the many museums and galleries across the city.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Homepage
  • Carleton University Art Gallery
  • Centre for Initiatives in Education (includes the Enriched Support Program)
  • College of the Humanities (includes Bachelor of Humanities, Greek and Roman Studies (formerly Classics), Religion)
  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • Department of French
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture
  • Institute of African Studies
  • Institute of Cognitive Science
  • Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (includes Child Studies, Directed Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Rights)
  • Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • School for Studies in Art and Culture (includes Art History, Film Studies, Music)
  • School of Canadian Studies
  • School of Linguistics and Language Studies


Faculty of Engineering and Design


  • Faculty of Engineering and Design Homepage
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Electronics
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
  • Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Technology

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Faculty of Public Affairs

  • Faculty of Public Affairs Homepage
  • Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Law and Legal Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • Institute of African Studies
  • Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Institute of Political Economy
  • Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • School of Public Policy and Administration
  • School of Social Work

Faculty of Science

  • Faculty of Science Homepage
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Health Sciences
  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Department of Physics
  • Institute of Biochemistry
  • Institute of Environmental Science
  • Integrated Science Institute
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Technology, Society, Environment Studies
  • The Sprott School of Business


Carleton University’s roots as a non-denominational college supported in part by charitable donations from the Ottawa community make it unique among Ontario universities. Founded in 1942, Carleton was created in response to the need to help provide the young people in Ottawa, many of whom had taken on jobs to cope with the pressures of the Depression, with an opportunity to continue their formal education.

From its humble beginnings on Ottawa’s First Avenue, Carleton has grown into a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of anticipating and leading change. Today, the university sits on more than 100 acres, on a site between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, just a short distance from downtown Ottawa.

The university provides an excellent education and experience to its more than 24,000 full- and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its more than 875 academic staff are recognized internationally for their scholarship and cutting-edge research in more than 50 disciplines.

Carleton’s reputation is built on its strengths in the fields of journalism, public affairs, international affairs, architecture and high technology. Its students benefit from the interdisciplinary, active, hands-on approach to teaching and research practiced by its faculty members and from the numerous partnerships the university has with the federal government, other universities and private sector partners.

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