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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 Performances

UPEI Department of Music Clarinet Spectrum Series presents:

Olivier Messian's Quartet for the End of Time

UPEI Music Department Recital Series 2018—2019

Welcome to the UPEI Department of Music's 2018—2019 concert season! This year, the UPEI Music Department Concert Series offers a variety of interesting collaborations and solo performances:

  • Jazz Juno Winner "The North" featuring Johnny Aman, David Braid, Anders Mogensen, and Mike Murley
  • Two & a Half Sopranos featuring Sung Ha Shin-Bouey, Rebecca Apps, Hannah O'Donnell and pianists Paul Rodermond and Leo Marchildon
  • Atlantic Young Artists, Andrew Son, piano
  • My Favourite Things featuring Julie Nesrallah, soprano and Robert Korgaard, piano
  • Sounds of Sweden curated by Jim O'Leary featuring eklektikos, directed by Dale Sorensen; Luminos Ensemble; Karin Aurell, flute; and The Strum-DeBorba Duo
  • Fraulein Klarinette featuring Karem Simon and Jennifer King, piano
  • Dr. Frances Gray Music Performance Competition Finals Concert
  • Variations featuring David Rogosin, piano
  • Compelling Works for the Contemporary Saxophone Duo featuring Nicole Strum and Tristan DeBorba

For a complete list of all the performances this season with dates, times, and ticket prices, please sure to review our Recital Series 2018-2019 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. 

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 Fall Semester 2018 will begin Friday, October 19 to Friday, November 30, 2018. 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

Photo used under Creative Commons agreement. 

UPEI Summer Spanish Course in Salamanca


The optimal situation for language learning is total immersion. Living in the city of Salamanca, Spain, provides this wonderful opportunity.


The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe. Founded in 1218, the University is the oldest in Spain, and is located in the historical city of Salamanca, in the heart of Old Castle. Miguel de Unamuno, famous Spanish philosopher and writer, rector of the University, named Salamanca “The Students’ City.”

The course

Spanish 203, offering 60+ contact hours per week, plus cultural activities daily.  Students are also encouraged to participate in the many and varied activities taking place in the University community after class hours, such as theatre groups, debate clubs, Spanish dance and choir workshops, and the cinematheque. Local excursions and sightseeing tours are organized for the weekends.

Spanish 203 at the University of Salamanca - Course Syllabus

The Cost

  • Tuition Fees: The course is worth two UPEI credits and the cost is the total of two credits.
  • Accomodation (room and three meals per day): $680.00
  • Return Airfare from Charlottetown to Madrid: $1,000.00-$1,500.00
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $100.00

Students make their own travel arrangements. The group of students participating in the program will leave together from Canada. The group may also arrange to rendezvous at other airports enroute to Spain, such as Pearson (Toronto), Heathrow (London), or Barajas (Madrid). Students are encouraged, but not obliged, to travel to Spain with the group.

Students attend classes at the University of Salamanca and have access to all University facilities, including libraries and computer and language labs. Students will stay with Spanish families. The four-week immersion format is designed to enable students to gain in-depth knowledge of the language, culture, and people of Spain.

UPEI Spanish 102 or equivalent. Students from other universities are welcome to take the course.




Susie Jay
Modern Languages
(902) 566-0480

French Summer Language Program (Explore)

Knowing a second language is essential, and with French you can get around almost everywhere in the world. So why not grab this opportunity to add to your chance of having the best possible future? Explore is a five-week intensive language-learning course. You can take the course in the spring or summer, whichever you prefer! This means that you can take a job for the rest of the summer, if you wish.  

More information about Explore can be found at their web site.

If you intend to transfer credit from your summer program to your UPEI degree please make sure you drop by the Modern Languages Department to discuss your options. We are located on the fourth floor of the Main Building.

For information on Student Aid please contact:

Student Financial Services
P.O.Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Office Location:
Atlantic Technology Centre
90 University Avenue, Suite 212

or by visiting their website.

Carlo Lavoie
Modern Languages
(902) 566-0431

French Placement Test

Planning on taking a French Course?

The Department of Modern Languages has a variety of courses designed to suit the abilities of first-year students.

All incoming students intending to take a French course must take the French Placement Test! 

The Test is available online (link below) but a hard copy of the test is also available at the Department of Modern Languages.

By taking the French Placement Test, it allows us to assess your skill level and place you in the appropriate course. There is no pass or fail, and no need to prepare for it (or to be nervous!).  The entire assessment will take 25 to 35 minutes to complete. On-line, you can move up and down through the document and change any answer already entered.

We suggest that you complete the sections in the order presented, since the exercises become progressively more difficult. Everyone must complete the last section, a short composition intended to give us a sample of your free writing skills.

If you do not have a French Canadian keyboard installed, you may answer without using accents.

MAC users are asked not to compose accented characters with the "Option + letter" keys. This combination produces coded characters that will cause the answer to be graded as incorrect.

Note: This assessment requires a 4.x version browser or higher.

Shortly after completion of the Placement Test, you will be contacted by e-mail by the Department of Modern Languages and notified of the appropriate course in which to enroll.

There are three steps to completing the online test:

  1. First, you will need to create an account in Moodle, our learning management system. To do this you will need to select “Create new account” after clicking on the link “Take placement test now”. Fill out the account profile questions which will include a current working email address. Once “Create my new account” has been submitted you will receive an email with a link that you will need to click to verify your new account. This will take you to a moodle page for the PTA course. Now your account has been created.
  2. Next, you must enroll in the French Placement Test course. Click on “Enroll me in this course” which is in the menu on the left-hand side. Then click on “Yes”. You are now enrolled in the course.
  3. Lastly, click on the French Placement Test and you will be underway.

Take placement test now!

Carlo Lavoie
Modern Languages
(902) 566-0431

Department of Modern Languages

UPEI's Department of Modern Languages provides its students with the opportunity to study various languages and to obtain a good grounding, but also sees languages within their appropriate cultural contexts. In other words, the acquisition of languages is seen as a vehicle to enter the thought, history, literature, and cinema within which each of the languages is associated.

The Department of Modern Languages offers programs in French, German, and Spanish. Read about admission requirements and course offerings in each program by visiting the following program pages: 

We communicate our enthusiasm for language and civilization via various techniques, including experiments with computer-assisted teaching and learning. The Department strongly believes that no one really knows his or her own mother tongue until another language has been added to one's own.

Language Studies have always been an integral part of university studies. An educated person has at least some background in languages. Such studies complement many areas of study and are recommended by other disciplines such as English, Music, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Fine Arts, and other Social Sciences.

Language studies are seen as preparation for graduate studies, education programs, travel, and work abroad. They form a unique addition to a student's university education, with the variety of teaching and learning techniques adding variety, balance, or counter-balance to the education process.

Global markets are competing for supremacy, in Europe (with Germany as the pivotal point), the Americas (North and South America), and Asia (Japanese). Prince Edward Island is not removed from this struggle or internationalization of commerce. Learning a language also helps alleviate, to varying degrees, a lack of knowledge regarding the intricacies and elementary aspects of English on the part of our students.

Carlo Lavoie
Modern Languages
(902) 566-0431


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