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The University of King’s College, Canada’s oldest chartered university, is a small but lively academic community located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is most well known for its interdisciplinary programmes in the humanities and journalism.

Contact Information

University of King’s College is located at 6350 Coburg Rd. Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada. To get in touch by telephone you can call 902-422-1271 or 902-422-6011. To be put through to the operator dial 0 or after 4 pm ext. #132 to have your call patched in by Alex Hall Front Desk.  They can be reached by fax at 902-423-3357.   


The University of King’s College was founded in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1789. King’s was the first university to be established in English Canada. It is the oldest English-speaking Commonwealth university outside the United Kingdom.

King’s in Windsor was founded by Anglican Loyalists who moved to Nova Scotia in the wake of the Revolution. The University of King’s College received its Royal Charter from King George III in 1802, and remained in Windsor until 1920. That year a fire ravaged the College, burning its main building to the ground—thus raising the question of how (or even whether) King’s was to survive.

King’s accepted the terms of a generous grant from the Carnegie Foundation of New York to rebuild not in Windsor but in Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, entering into association with Dalhousie University. Under this agreement, King’s agreed to pay the salaries of a number of Dalhousie professors, who in turn would help in the management and academic life of the College, students at King’s would also study at Dalhousie and have access to all of the amenities of the larger school, and the academic programs at King’s (except for Divinity) would fold into the College of Arts and Sciences at Dalhousie.

King’s look changed dramatically during the 1970’s. In 1971, the King’s Faculty of Divinity was amalgamated into the ecumenical Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. At the same time as divinity studies were being relocated, two new King’s projects were underway. In 1972, the College introduced its unique Foundation Year Programme, and in 1978 it established the only degree-granting School of Journalism in Atlantic Canada. This was the beginning of a long period of academic experimentation and a shift of the College towards a national profile.

King’s has now entered its third century—and the changes have not stopped. The King’s Contemporary Studies Programme, begun in 1993, has been developed in co-operation with faculty members throughout the joint Dalhousie-King’s campus. King’s two newest programmes, Early Modern Studies and History of Science and Technology, began in 1999 and 2000, respectively. [1]


  1. History of the University of King’s College

Academic Programs

Foundation Year Program (FYP)

Founded in 1972, FYP takes a difference approach to first year university. Rather than taking five separate courses, FYP is an interdisciplinary programme combining English, history, philosophy and sociology. There you discuss the many perspectives of humanity’s ideas and dilemmas.
The reading and assignments are well paced, allowing students to organize their course load.
FYP applies four credits to those studying arts, music and journalism, and three credits for science degrees. Elective courses can be taken at King’s or Dalhousie.
FYP is broken down into six sections. Each section has an extensive list of classic literature for students to read. Here is the reading list for the 2008/2009 semester.

  • Section I: The Ancient World
  • Section II: The Middle Ages
  • Section III: The Renaissance and the Reformation
  • Section IV: The Age of Reason
  • Section V: The Era of Revolutions
  • Section VI: The Contemporary World
  • Reading List for FYP - 2008/2009


  • One Year BJ
  • Four Year BJH
  • Minor in Journalism Studies

University News

  1. u-news:

U-news is an online publication for the university community in Halifax with content by and managed by students at the School of Journalism.

  1. Student’s Work:

This is a link to all publications by the School of Journalism.

King George’s Day

An annual holiday at the University of King’s College is King’s George’s Day, a day-off of school in honour of King George III. While King George’s birthday isn’t until June 4, King’s students get the first Friday in February off in honour of him. This is meant to coincide with Dalhousie’s George Munroe Day, also held on the first Friday in February.

Reading Week

King’s reading week takes place from Febraury 23-27



William Barker, Ph.D., has been president of the University of King’s College since 2003.[1]


  1. The president of the University of King’s College

Student Union


  • President: Kaley Kennedy
  • Internal Vice-President: Laura Hochman
  • Financial Vice-President: Rob Sangster-Poole
  • External Vice-President: David Etherington
  • Communications Vice-President: Adrian Lee


  1. King’s Student Union


On-Campus Living[1]

King’s houses 274 students on campus in its seven residences.

  • Alexandra Hall
    • largest residence on campus, housing 150 students
    • has single and double rooms
    • student rooms on five floors (basement, first floor, second floor, third floor and fourth floor)


  • Radical Bay
    • house 24 students
    • shares common rooms available in Alex Hall and North Pole Bay


  • North Pole Bay
    • houses 20 students
    • has two common rooms it shares with other residences with shared kitchenette and tv room


  • Middle Bay
    • houses 24 students
    • shares common rooms available in Alex Hall and North Pole Bay


  • Cochran Bay
    • houses 20 students
    • shares common rooms available in Alex Hall and North Pole Bay


  • Chapel Bay
    • houses 24 students
    • shares common rooms available in Alex Hall and North Pole Bay


  1. Residence at King’s


Varsity Teams

King’s varsity teams compete in the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) with colleges from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The following varsity sports are offered at King’s:

  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s and Women’s Volleyball
  • Men’s and Women’s Rugby
  • Coed Badminton


  1. Athletics

Campus Life


King’s host over 50 societies within a given year. They range from literary clubs to environmental groups and are a great way to get involved in the King’s community. Some of the more popular societies include:

  • King’s Environmental Group (KEG) - A group which deals with environmental issues to a student base and within the Halifax area.
  • Day Students’ Society (DSS) - A organization for off-campus students. They hold weekly social events, and in the past have had cocktail parties, karaoke nights, skydiving expeditions and camping trips.
  • Haliburton Society - A literary society with meet often to discuss text, usually with a particular theme. The Haliburton Society was founded in 1884 and is the oldest literary society on a college campus in North America.
  • Quintillian Debating Society - A debate society, that was founded in 1845. It is is the oldest surviving debating association in British North America
  • Theatrical Society (KTS) - A theatre society founded in 1931. The KTS is has the most student participation per capita of any other student society on a Canadian university campus.


  1. Societies at King’s