North American Studies Program

North American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines North America as a distinct historical, cultural, political and economic entity, and views North American borders as cultural and policy spaces. The Program has four key areas of emphasis: culture and identity, public policy, Indigenous Peoples, and business and economy. Offered in combination with another Honours BA program and normally taken over four years, a North American Studies honours program consists of 20.0 credits, of which 7.0 are in North American Studies. Students take a set of required courses that focus on both the interactions between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico and also Canada's particular place within the continent. Students are also encouraged to acquire second language skills that are invaluable in many professions. A key feature of North American Studies is the opportunity to study at partner campuses in the U.S. and Mexico. With an Honours BA in North American Studies, students will have a competitive edge in today's job market. This knowledge can lead to careers in private business, government and non-government organizations, journalism or law.

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North American Studies Co-ordinating Committee

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
NO101 Introduction to North American Studies 0.5
NO110 Canada Unplugged: An Introduction [1] 0.5
NO201 North American Transborder Regions 0.5
NO202 Narrative, Place and Identity in North America 0.5
NO211 Canadian Identities and Cultures 0.5
NO219 Canadian Studies for International Degree-seeking and Exchange Students 0.5
NO240 North America: Business and Society [2] 0.5
NO301 North American Integration [3] 0.5
NO309 Special Topics in North American Studies 0.5
NO310 Canada in the World: From Laurier to the 21st Century 0.5
NO312 Canadian-American Relations 0.5
NO315 Politics and Society in Contemporary Québec 0.5
NO319 Special Topics in Canadian Studies 0.5
NO401 Borders and Boundaries in North America 0.5
NO419 Directed Studies 0.5

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision May 28, 2013: NO120, NO302, NO303 deleted; American Studies Minor deleted; effective September 1, 2013.

  1. Senate Revision May 28, 2013: NO110 Title and description change; effective September 1, 2013

  2. Senate Addition May 28, 2013: NO240 New course; effective September 1, 2013.

  3. Senate Revision May 28, 2013: NO301/PO301 Prerequisite change; effective September 1, 2013