Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Canadian-American Studies, BA
What is the study of Canadian-American Studies?
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. 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 Should I Consider this Major?
The Canadian-American Studies curriculum prepares students for positions in firms, agencies, and government organizations involved with Canada, and cross-border issues. The 50 credit program combines well to form a double major with other fields, adding depth to international expertise. Examples include combinations with French, Political Science, Economics, History and Environmental Studies.
The interdisciplinary program encourages students to tackle difficult research problems across departmental lines, and think of big-picture solutions. Students emerge with a unique understanding of how different intellectual and institutional traditions function, and how to bridge gaps in understanding between them. The international and interdisciplinary training prepares graduates to take leadership roles in situations involving a complex interplay of different agencies, perspectives, companies, markets, nationalities and intellectual traditions.
Recent Western graduates have found fulfilling careers working for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, running an international startup business with branches in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, serving as a US Federal government liaison to municipalities for emergency preparedness, and pursuing graduate studies in a variety of fields.
- International Sales
- Government relations
- Foreign Service Specialist
- International environmental analyst
- Communications officer
- International Finance Analyst
- International Account Executive
- Customs and Border Protection Officer