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Canadian-American Studies, BA

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Canadian-American Studies Program, University Interdisciplinary Programs

50 credits


Canada and the United States are the two most interdependent countries in the world. Virtually all the Fortune 500 companies do business with Canada, as do all large government agencies. Additionally, as the two countries share a continent and its ecosystems, most U.S. environmental organizations have a Canadian presence and interests. The Canadian-American Studies major provides a comprehensive and accessible international experience focusing on Canada and Canada-US relations.

Students pursue areas of study such as Canada-US environmental policy, political and security ties between Canada and the United States, and economic relations between the two nations. The study of the Canada-US relationship also provides a lens through which critical issues facing the global community are examined.

Why Consider a Canadian-American Studies Major?

The interdisciplinary program encourages students to problem solve and think of big-picture solutions to international issues. Students gain a unique understanding of different intellectual traditions and how to bridge gaps in understanding. This training prepares graduates to take leadership roles in diverse settings that require critical thinking and societal problem solving.

Recent Western graduates have found fulfilling careers working for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, directing internet marketing for a Canada-US import/export firm, serving as a US federal government liaison to a municipality for emergency preparedness, working for Google in their map division and coordinating border and emergency management programs for the cross-border Pacific Northwest Economic Region.

 Contact Information

Program Director
David Rossiter
Arntzen Hall 232

Undergraduate Advisor
Chuck Hart
Canada House 102

 Sample Careers

Policy Analyst | High School Teacher | Program Manager at a Foreign Consulate | US Navy JAG Officer | NGO Education Director | Small Business Owner | University Professor | Legislative Chief of Staff | Tourism/Marketing Officer | Law School Student | Aerospace Manager

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admissions and Declaration Process):

To declare the major, contact the Center for Canadian-American Studies undergraduate advisor, Chuck Hart.

Advising Tips: A formal program of study is initially designed by the student in consultation with the Canadian-American Studies Department undergraduate advisor, Chuck Hart.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


Track 1 - Canadian-American studies with French language

Track 2 (50 credits) - Canadian-American studies with area of concentration

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