Quick Info

  • Canada
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Anthropology and Archaeology, Economics, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, History, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology
  • : 8 May 2018 - 18 May 2018
  • : $2,499 In-State | $2,699 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


PS XXXX - Social Justice in Canada - taught by Dr. Kristin Kanthak

The U.S. and Canada face many of the same issues and problems, from health care to race relations to immigration. Despite their geographic and cultural proximity, the two North American neighbors often set on very different approaches to those issues. We will look at Canada from a comparative perspective, considering in-depth how Canada deals differently with some of the issues and problems we share and how those divergent approaches often reflect the distinct histories of the two countries. The program will include meetings with local social justice leaders in Canada.

General Education Requirements

This program fulfills one of the three foreign culture requirements in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. 

Experiential Learning

While in Canada, a significant portion of your time will include learning from experts and leaders in social justice issues.  Final program details are being finalized, but potential visits may include visits to LGBT rights organizations, meetings with First Nations leaders, guest lectures from members of Parliament, and more.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Kristin Kanthak is associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work focuses on legislative behavior, political parties, diversity, and representation in the United States. Her current research attempts to explain gender differences in willingness to run for election.


Housing information is still being finalized, but in each city you'll be in comfortable and centrally-located hotels or student housing in double rooms.  

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$2,499 $2,699
Arrive in Toronto Depart Montreal
May 8, 2018 May 18, 2018


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Housing
  • In-country transportation for program-related events
  • All entrance fees and costs for program-related visits
  • Montreal Food Tour!
  • Other cultural and education activities!

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to/from Canada (~$400)
  • Meals and Personal Expenses ($500-$1000, depending on personal choices)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your bill)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.