The Undergraduate Academic Program


The multidisciplinary undergraduate program draws on the knowledge of faculty members from 15 departments. A wide range of courses are available in Art History, Anthropology, Business, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, French, Geography, History, Journalism, Literature, Political Science and Sociology. The core course is Canadian Studies 200, Introduction to Canadian Studies, which is an interdisciplinary course that includes guest faculty and one or more field trips to Canada. Upper division reading and independent research courses are also available.

Major Requirements


Track One - Canadian-American Studies with French Language - (50 Credits)

  • Can-Am Studies 200 - Introduction to Canadian Studies (5)
  • Can-Am Studies 401 - Research: Problem Ident & Development (3)
  • Can-Am Studies 402 - Research: Analysis and Writing (3)
  • English 415 - Canadian Literature (5)
  • French 201, 202, 203 or equivalent - Intermediate French (or equivalent) (5)
  • Geography 328 - Canada (3) or Geography 421 - Borderlands (3)
  • History 277 - Canada (4)
  • Political Science 406 - Canadian Government and Politics (4)

Track Two - Canadian-American Studies with area of concentration - (50 Credits)

  • Can-Am Studies 200 - Introduction to Canadian Studies (5)
  • Can-Am Studies 401 - Research: Problem Ident & Development (3)
  • Can-Am Studies 402 - Research: Analysis and Writing (3)
  • English 415 - Canadian Literature (5)
  • Geography 328 - Canada (3) or Geography 421 - Borderlands (3)
  • History 277 - Canada (4)
  • Political Science 406 - Canadian Government and Politics (4)
  • 2 upper division courses in an area of specialization (in consultation with Canadian-American Studies advisor)

Track One and Two

Select additional credits from approved courses in:
  • Anthropology 361 - Native Peoples of North America (5)
  • Anthropology 411 - Archaeology of NW N America (3)
  • Anthropology 462 - Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast (3)
  • Art History 490 - Seminar in Art History (4)
  • Can-Am Studies 400 - Readings with an Instructor (3-5)
  • Economics 364 - Canadian Economic History (2)
  • Economics 365 - Topics in Canadian Economic Policy (4)
  • Environmental Studies 465 - Comparative & Intl Env Policies (4)
  • Environmental Studies 469 - Canadian Environmental Policy (4)
  • French 101, 102, 103 - Elementary French (or equivalent) (5)
  • French 201 or 202 - Intermediate French (or equivalent) (5)
  • French 305 - Oral Exposition: Quebec (3)
  • French 332 - Civilisation et Culture de Quebec (3)
  • French 401 - Structures et Stylistique: Quebec (3)
  • French 405Q - Communication et Discours: Quebec (3)
  • French 450Q - Seminar in Cinema Quebecois (3)
  • History 377 - History of the Canadian Prairies (4)
  • History 378 - Canada: A Nation of Immigrants (4)
  • History 390 - Topics in Canadian History (under advisement) (4)
  • History 417 - Advanced Topics in Canadian History (under advisement) (4)
  • History 479 - Rural Canada (4)
  • History 499 - Historical Research (Canada) (under advisement) (4)
  • Journalism 460 - Special Reporting Project: Canada (3)
  • Political Science 301 - The British Parliamentary System (5)
  • Political Science 468 - Political Economy of Natural Resources (5)

Minor Requirements


  • Can-Am Studies 200 - Introduction to Canadian Studies (5)
  • Geography 328 - Canada (3) or Geography 421 - Borderlands (3)
  • History 277 - Canada (4)
  • Political Science 406 - Canadian Government and Politics (4)

Select 12 additional credits from approved courses in:
  • Anthropology 361 - Native Peoples of North America (5)
  • Anthropology 411 - Archaeology of NW N America (3)
  • Anthropology 462 - Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast (3)
  • Art History 490 - Seminar in Art History (4)
  • Can-Am Studies 400 - Readings with an Instructor (3-5)
  • Can-Am Studies 401 - Research: Problem Ident & Development (3)
  • Can-Am Studies 402 - Research: Analysis and Writing (3)
  • Economics 364 - Canadian Economic History (2)
  • Economics 365 - Topics in Canadian Economic Policy (4)
  • English 415 - Canadian Literature (5)
  • Environmental Studies 465 - Comparative & Intl Env Policies (4)
  • Environmental Studies 469 - Canadian Environmental Policy (4)
  • French 101, 102, 103 - Elementary French (or equivalent) (5)
  • French 201 or 202 - Intermediate French (or equivalent) (5)
  • French 305 - Oral Exposition: Quebec (3)
  • French 332 - Civilisation et Culture de Quebec (3)
  • French 401 - Structures et Stylistique: Quebec (3)
  • French 405Q - Communication et Discours: Quebec (3)
  • French 450Q - Seminar in Cinema Quebecois (3)
  • History 377 - History of the Canadian Prairies (4)
  • History 378 - Canada: A Nation of Immigrants (4)
  • History 390 - Topics in Canadian History (under advisement) (4)
  • History 417 - Advanced Topics in Canadian History (under advisement) (4)
  • History 479 - Rural Canada (4)
  • History 499 - Historical Research (Canada) (under advisement) (4)
  • Journalism 460 - Special Reporting Project: Canada (3)
  • Political Science 301 - The British Parliamentary System (5)
  • Political Science 468 - Political Economy of Natural Resources (5)

For more information please contact:


The Center for Canadian-American Studies
Western Washington University
516 High Street, Canada House 201
Bellingham WA 98225-9110

Ph: 360-650-3728
Fax: 360-650-3995
chuck.hart@wwu.edu
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