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Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island. Our Department offers majors in sociology, anthropology, and a combined major in sociology and anthropology.

Members of our faculty possess a wealth of expertise acquired through study and research in a variety of countries and are internationally recognized in their areas. Our goal is to share with you a coherent student-centred program that is interesting and informative, while providing you with excellent preparation for further studies in the social sciences or entry into a variety of rewarding careers.

With a team of seven full time faculty members and a dedicated team of part-time faculty members who are experts in the fields they teach, we offer prospective students one of the most comprehensive programs in North America.  

For information on application, admission, and course descriptions, please visit the Sociology and Anthropology program page using the link on the right of this page.

Judy-Lynn Richards
Chair, Associate Professor
Sociology and Anthropology
(902) 566-0433

Centre for Christianity and Culture

The newly established Centre for Christianity and Culture is a research and study centre focussing on Christianity’s impact and perspective on the intellectual and cultural life of Western civilization.

The Centre co-ordinates various academic and community initiatives:

  • a minor degree in Catholic Studies;
  • Christianity and Culture minor;
  • student awards and scholarships;
  • hosting internationally recognized visiting lecturers, public discussions, debates, and workshops;
  • annual and biennial conferences on science and religion, ethics, politics, and current events; and
  • purchasing books and audiovisual material for Robertson Library.

All these endeavours ensure that our students, faculty, and community are offered the best opportunities to explore the richness of Christian thought.

Most importantly the Centre co-ordinates the intellectual life of those students who are interested in Christianity. It addresses their continued concerns and education on a daily basis, fosters dialogue, encourages engagement with political and social issues, and creates a genuine community. The Centre is primarily a concrete way of ensuring a lively presence of the Christian intellectual, cultural, and spiritual heritage in the life of the University, and PEI’s community.

Peter Koritansky
Religious Studies
(902) 566-0331

Department of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies offers courses that explore the many dimensions of religious history, experience, culture, and doctrine. We offer both a major and a minor field of study as well as minors in Christian Studies and Catholic Studies. In taking these courses students discover the central role played by religion in human civilization and learn to think, speak, and write thoughtfully and critically about that role.

I would like to welcome you to the departmental website and I invite you to contact me with any questions you may have about our programs.

Peter Karl Koritansky
Associate Professor and Chair
Religious Studies 


Peter Koritansky
Religious Studies
(902) 566-0331

Department of Psychology

Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do? The many answers to that question form an extensive and exciting labyrinth, and we welcome you to join our diverse department of students, staff, and faculty in exploring it. If you enjoy asking questions and pursuing dynamic student projects, you will find some of your most rewarding experiences in our department at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Psychology is among the most expansive fields for human inquiry, ranging from what makes us human to what holds us in common with other species, through examinations of mind, emotions, and behaviours. Virtually no aspect of being human is left unexplored by our diverse faculty, including how our evolutionary roots influence our humanity and what a difference consciousness and mind can make to our understanding. We have dynamic research and teaching programmes supported by our broad traditions within behavioural neuroscience, perception and cognition, critical & historical perspectives, and developmental, humanistic, clinical, & applied psychologies.  Students benefit not only in the classroom but also through opportunities to work in research settings with faculty in each of these areas. World class researchers and award winning scholars in the classroom create connections with students that are unique to a small university. Our department has a strong core of quantitative training and has developed an equally impressive qualitative component. Students in our programme benefit from training in both of these areas to add to their skill set and the ability to ask and answer meaningful questions.

Our inspiring multi-award winning faculty commit to student engagement through a variety of pedagogical approaches in smaller classrooms and larger ones alike. Our students strengthen their ability to work critically and creatively, to follow their curiosity with systematic rigour, and to find effective and authentic ways to communicate about their knowledge. Independent as well as collaborative scholarship is strengthened throughout the curriculum, and especially during Honours projects.  We strongly encourage a liberal education across a range of elective courses in the sciences and the arts so that students become part of an engaged citizenry. Some faculty’s focus includes academic activism and they create opportunities for social justice connections with our community. We endeavor to create a community of scholarship both within the department and with the broader university and community through interactive class projects, service learning, community discussions, formal presentations, and informal gatherings.

Our diverse foundational BA or BSC programmes contribute to students’ careers in various ways. Our students not only acquire skills but they also have opportunities to practice them in the smaller classroom environments and to gain greater confidence in their abilities. Many students successfully launch into relevant professional programmes while others continue to thrive in their graduate studies in psychology itself.

Students benefit from our welcoming and friendly atmosphere in the department which is made possible by our dedicated, award winning support staff. Importantly, our students collaborate to make their experiences at UPEI even more fulfilling through the active Psychology Arts and Sciences Society (PASS). A student in our department becomes part of a community of scholarship.

Your commitment to your studies in psychology will be enriching to you personally but it will also hold possibilities for you to expand your relationships and your role in the broader community. Your studies will be challenging, demanding you expand your world view and also your potential role as an active engaged citizen. Your journey holds rich possibilities and we invite you to explore what it means to be human at this place and time on the planet with us here at the University of Prince Edward Island. 

Jason Doiron, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Psychology
Memorial Hall
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3

Jason Doiron
Chair; Associate Professor
(902) 566-0519

Recent Faculty Publications


Henry Srebrnik, Dreams of Nationhood: American Jewish Communists and the Soviet Birobidzhan Project, 1924-1951 (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010)


Peter McKenna, Fighting Words: Competing Voices from Revolutionary Cuba (Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2009). Co-authored with John M. Kirk.

Gil Germain, Spirits in the Material World: The Challenge of Technology. Single-author monograph. Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland, 2009.

Barry Bartman, In or Out: Sub-National Island Jurisdictions and the Antechamber of Para-Diplomacy, in Godfrey Baldacchino and David Milne (eds.), The Case for Non-Sovereignty: Lessons from Sub national Island Jurisdictions, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 53-71.


Henry Srebrnik, Jerusalem on the Amur: Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement, 1924-1951 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008)

Barry Bartman, Between De Jure and De Facto Statehood: Revisiting the Status of Taiwan, Island Studies Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, May 2008, pp. 113-128.

Peter McKenna, Terminal Damage: The Politics of VLTs in Atlantic Canada (Halifax:Fernwood Publishing, 2008).

Peter McKenna
Political Science
(902) 566-0367


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