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Canadian-American Studies

Western Washington University

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.

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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4 years


Apr 2024

Start Month

Mar 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • April 2024
  • January 2025
  • September 2025
  • April 2025
  • January 2026
  • September 2026
  • April 2026

Mode of Study

  • Full Time