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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

Department of Political Science

Welcome to the UPEI Department of Political Science. Our department has a proud tradition of small class sizes, engaging faculty, and diverse course offerings.  Should you have any questions or comments about any courses or program requirements, please feel free to contact the department or the Chair, Peter McKenna. We're located in Main Building, Room 511.

What is Political Science?

Political science is concerned with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour.

The UPEI Political Science Department offers courses covering four fields in political studies: Canadian Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Politics. Students can complete coursework toward either a major or a minor in Political Science.

Why Political Science at UPEI?

There are a number of reasons why you should choose to major or minor in political science at UPEI. The Department is characterized by diverse course offerings by expert and engaging faculty with active research interests. The small and collegial atmosphere in the department provides a unique opportunity to build mentor relationships with faculty and upper year students. The small class sizes and upper year seminar classes provide an excellent opportunity to hone research, writing, and presentation skills.

What types of careers are available to Political Science graduates?

Recent graduates of the Political Science Program at UPEI have gone on to do graduate work in a variety of different areas, and gained employment in a number of different fields.

Peter McKenna
Political Science
(902) 566-0367

Philosophy Major Alumni


  • Robert Hanf
  • Stephen Heckbert


  • Peter Trueman
  • Ross Perry
  • Rhonda McCabe
  • Mark Howlett


  • Brian Arsenault
  • Geoffrey Matheson
  • Patricia Robertson
  • Nell Patricia Thurlow


  • Scott G. Davidson
  • Steven Dowling
  • Millie Trainor


  • Mark Barrett               
  • Andrea Bird                
  • Germaine Chan
  • Norman Collin
  • Derek Dunn
  • Mary Gaudet
  • Lara Jamieson            
  • Shaun MacNeill           
  • Michael Mella            
  • Charlotte Ramsay


  • Peter Gillis                
  • Aaron Kenny                
  • Todd King            
  • Steven Ross                


  • Matthew Gray           


  • Matthew Dorrell            
  • Brady Grant                
  • Steven Larkin                
  • Christopher Maddox            
  • Catherine Walsh     


  • Robin Aitken                
  • Matthew Bowness        
  • Matthew Broderick            
  • Stephen Campbell            
  • Dennis Manning            
  • Sean McCabe                
  • Tara Thomas      


  • Matthew Allaby            
  • Cynthia Dennis            
  • Meaghan Reid Enright        
  • Kimberley Holland
  • Jeremy Livingston            
  • Robert Smith                
  • Julianne (Bell) Wilson        
  • Sandra Reddin        


  • Scott Balderston            
  • Tyler Field               
  • Aaron Landry                
  • Adam Peters


  • Anthony Aucoin
  • Roger Bursey               
  • Jill Forbes                
  • Matthew Keeping            
  • Kelly Miles


  • Julie Bull                
  • Brad Deighan
  • Casey Dorrell                
  • Lindsay Escoffery
  • April Jenkins
  • Esther Kemp
  • Tasha MacEwen
  • Jason MacPherson
  • Dominique Taylor            
  • Keith Urquhart    


  • Alexandra Armstrong
  • Marcus Jardine            
  • James Morrison
  • Lesley Quinn               
  • Ross Reid  


  • Charles Beaton
  • Joshua Darrach
  • Rebecca Ford
  • William Hashem
  • Luke LeClair
  • James MacCormac
  • Jennifer MacDonald
  • Shylo Peters
  • Paul Roche
  • Amanda Tweedy
Pamela Courtenay-Hall
(902) 894-2838

Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is for the intellectually curious. We like to analyse the concepts that underpin our world views. For example: What is justice, morality, love, knowledge, nature, freedom, identity? To help you explore these questions, we offer courses in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, logic, political philosophy, environmental philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy, among others. Our goal is to provide a nurturing, respectful, and engaging environment to help you craft well-articulated, well-defended, autonomous thought.

Apart from a major and a minor in philosophy, we also offer an honour’s program for select students. Our majors have gone on to graduate programs in philosophy at Concordia, Dalhousie, McGill, McMaster, Queen’s, Simon Fraser, Toronto, UBC, Victoria, Waterloo, and York, to name a few. Many others pursue successful law degrees. Others have pursued careers in health research, journalism, education, and business. Having a BA in philosophy tells potential employers that you are a reliable, intelligent, and effective problem solver who can work independently. Of course, the intrinsic benefit from philosophy resides in being an autonomous, authentic human – no matter where life takes you.

As with anything, the more you put into philosophy, the more you will get out of it. We love voracious readers of primary texts. We love critical, creative, and reflective thinkers. We love those who recognize that philosophical argumentation requires careful support. We especially love those who can write clearly, succinctly, and offer poignant illustrations. If these are traits you love as well, it may be time to give philosophy a whirl.

Please check out our full course offerings and the research interests of our faculty.

Pamela Courtenay-Hall
(902) 894-2838

Theory Booster Camp

Looking for music theory help this summer? Try UPEI's Music Theory Booster Camp: Foundations in Music Theory!

This summer's Music Theory Booster Camp: Foundations in Music Theory will be offered in a condensed format for 2.5 days (Monday-Wednesday August 24, 25 and the morning of the 26) in the Music Department. The camp provides intensive instruction in an intimate setting and a supportive atmosphere, and is designed to help students prepare for the department's second sitting of the Theory Entrance Exam (scheduled for 26 August). For information on registration and fees for the Music Theory Booster Camp please contact Dr. Covey at

Susan Stensch
(902) 566-0507

Recital Series

Welcome to the UPEI Department of Music's 2017-2018 concert season! This year, the UPEI Music Department Concert Series offers a variety of interesting collaborations and solo performances:

  • Exploring Canadian Compositions for voice and piano (Christianne Rushton, mezzo soprano and Robert Kortgaard, piano)
  • Debut Atlantic presents the Bouey-Doucet Duo of Christina Bouey, violin and Pierre-André Doucet, piano
  • Jane Coop, piano
  • Intimate Letters: eklektikos directed by Dale Sorensen
  • Jennifer King, piano with guest performance by Sung Ha Shin-Bouey
  • Dr. Frances Gray Music Performance Competition Finals Concert
  • Raga Music featuring Rod Squance, marimba and Abbas Janmohamed, table
  • Gregory B. Irvine, tuba/Dale Sorensen, trombone/Frances McBurnie, piano

For a complete list of all the performances this season with dates, times, and ticket prices, please sure to review our Recital Series 2017-2018 brochure.

All performances take place in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall, UPEI (except where otherwise noted). Barrier-free parking is available adjacent to the Steel Building; take the driveway between the Regis & Joan Duffy Research Centre and the Atlantic Veterinary College. Regular free parking is available in Lot C after 5:00 pm (see the campus map). For the mobility impaired, elevator access to the hall is available from the main entrance of the Steel Building.

Download our Recital Series 2017-2018 brochure

Music Department Afternoon Recital Series

The UPEI Music department is pleased to present UPEI Music majors in performance every Friday at 12:40 pm.

Recitals for Spring Semester 2018 will begin Friday, January 26 to Friday April 6, 2018 (with the following exceptions: February 16, 23, and March 30). Recitals take place in the Steel Recital Hall. Admission is free!

Susan Stensch
(902) 566-0507

Current Students

The official Department of Music course descriptions are listed on our program pages. Complete course descriptions for each of our programs can be found in the bottom section of these pages:

Reference Documents for Music Students

Time Tables and Exam Schedules

Recital/Competition Application Forms

Chamber Music & Directed Studies Application Forms

  • Chamber Music
  • Directed Studies - Applied (Music 338-339 and 438-439)
  • Directed Studies - Theory (Music 319 and 419)
  • Directed Studies - History (Music 329 and 429)
  • Directed Studies - Music Education (Music 359 and 459)

NewCap Funds for Student Research, Travel, and Performance

Mentorship Programs

Susan Stensch
(902) 566-0507

Department of Music

At the Music Department at the University of Prince Edward Island, we offer three undergraduate music degree programs--

--in an intimate, picturesque setting. We guide and help you to develop excellent fundamental skills and knowledge that will qualify you to continue with advanced studies or employment as a performer, music historian, music theorist, composer, or an educator licensed to teach in any province in Canada.

Andrew M. Zinck
(902) 566-0618


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