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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Canadian-American Studies

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The Canadian-American Studies major and minor are designed to expand knowledge of Canada and understanding of Canadian-American issues and problems.

The Canadian-American studies curriculum prepares students for positions in businesses, government agencies, communications and international organizations operating in the U.S., Canada or globally. Canadian-American studies combines well with other majors and minors to add depth and international expertise.

Examples include combinations with international business, marketing, geography, tourism, and other specialties for employment in firms doing business with Canada or with Canadians.  Political scientists, sociologists, environmental scientists and communications specialists and others employed by government agencies and nongovernment organizations will find the program of substantial value.  Canadian-American studies has a strong interdisciplinary orientation involving classes ranging from economics to literature.

Opportunities for study and internships in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec are available.

For program advisement, contact Chuck Hart, program manager, phone 360-650-3728, fax 360-650-3995, e-mail:

Participating Canadian-American Studies Faculty

AMIR ABEDI, Political Science. Comparative politics, European politics.
TROY ABEL, Environmental Studies. Environmental policy and resolutions.
DONALD ALPER, Director, Canadian-American Studies. Political science. Canadian politics/government.
BIDISHA BISWAS, Political Science. Security and counterterrorism.
DANIEL BOXBERGER, Anthropology. First Nations, Native Peoples and natural resources.
PATRICK BUCKLEY, Geography. Transborder economic modeling and GIS.
SARAH CAMPBELL, Anthropology. Pre-history of the Northwest coast.
SARAH CLARK-LANGAGER, Western Gallery Director.
CECILIA DANYSK, History. Canadian history.
STEVEN GLOBERMAN, Kaiser Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for International Business. Canadian economy.
VICKI HAMBLIN, French. French literature.
CÉCILE HANANIA, French. Twentieth century French literature and literary theory and Québec culture.
MARY ANN HENDRYSON, Economics. Canadian economic history, cross border economic relations.
CAROL JANSON, Art. Art history.
T.H. KAMENA, Political Science. Canadian politics/government.
CHRISTINA KEPPIE, French. Acadian culture.
KEVIN LEONARD, History. Pacific Northwest history.
ROBERT LOPRESTI, Wilson Library. Canadian government information.
JAMES LOUCKY, Anthropology. North American borderlands.
GEORGE MARIZ, History, Honors Program Director. Britain, British Empire, European intellectual history.
JEAN MELIOUS, Environmental Studies. Canadian environmental policy and law.
ROBERT MONAHAN, Professor Emeritus, Geography. Canadian geography.
DOUG NORD, Director, Center for International Studies. Political Science. Canadian foreign policy.
EDWARD OUSSELIN, French. French cultural studies and film studies.
NANCY PAGH, English. Canadian literature.
KRISTEN PARRIS, Political science. East Asia-Canada immigration.
JOHN PURDY, English. Canadian literature.
THOMAS ROEHL, Management. International business and management.
DAVID ROSSITER, Geography. Canadian geography, environmental history and natural resource management.
DEBRA SALAZAR, Political science. Forest policy, environmental policy, political economy.
PRESTON SCHILLER, Adjunct faculty, Canadian-American Studies, Huxley College of the Environment. Transportation, environment.
SARA SINGLETON, Political Science. Public policy and environmental politics.
PAUL STORER, Economics. Canadian economic policy, macroeconomics, labor economics.

Named Professorships

Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Canadian Culture Ross Distinguished Professorship of Canada/U.S. Business and Economic Relations (position is in the College of Business and Economics).

Study Abroad

The Center for Canadian-American Studies encourages students to spend one or more quarters in a study abroad program in Canada. We offer a number of exchange opportunities with universities across Canada. For more information, please contact Chuck Hart, program manager, phone 360-650-3728 or send e-mail to


    Undergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor


      Canadian/American Studies

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog. NOTE: Most Canadian-American Studies courses are listed in the individual disciplines. See individual department listings for course titles and descriptions included under the Canadian-American Studies major and minor.

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