Canadian-American Studies Program, University Interdisciplinary Programs
Canada and the United States share a continent and are linked by deep economic ties, several common historical experiences, and many cultural similarities; they are also marked by real and important differences. The Canadian-American Studies major helps students better understand the impact of these similarities and differences as well as how they affect key cultural, environmental, and economic issues in North America today and in the future through three specializations: Canadian-American relations; Canadian Histories/Cultures/Identities; and Francophone Canada. Additionally, students may design their own specialization in consultation with a faculty advisor.
Why Consider a Canadian-American Studies Major?
On its own, the Canadian-American Studies major provides an excellent international and interdisciplinary course of study for students looking for a broad-based, liberal arts education. By drawing upon courses from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the major explores key concepts and methods across multiple disciplines and applies them to complex projects in our shared regional, continental, and cultural contexts. Western Washington University’s location and longstanding tradition of Canadian-American collaborations have fostered a program that draws upon leading expertise from researchers, policymakers, and issue advocates.
Through identified specializations, the major is also designed to combine with other majors to add depth and international expertise. Examples include combining Canadian-American Studies’ specializations with: environmental science and policy, international business, geography, anthropology, political science, marketing, communication studies, journalism, history, and foreign languages. These combinations provide platforms for work or future academic study in areas such as global politics, culture, advocacy, and diplomacy.
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Art and literature | Education and research | Environmental policy | Diplomacy | International business | International law | Politics
How to Declare (Admissions and Declaration Process):
To declare the major, contact the Center for Canadian-American Studies undergraduate advisor, Christina Keppie, or go to canam.wwu.edu/major-canadian-american-studies.
Advising Tips: A formal program of study is initially designed by the student in consultation with the Canadian-American Studies Department undergraduate advisor, Christina Keppie. One-on-one advising is offered to each student on an as-needed basis.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.