Director: R. Guentzel
Teaching Faculty: R. Guentzel
Minor: Canadian Studies
Canada is the United States’ most important trading partner. Despite the close and growing partnership between the two countries, Canada remains fundamentally different from the United States in terms of culture, society, and politics. Many of its political, social, and economic values and institutions reflect those of European countries and stand in contrast to those of the United States. Thus, the study of Canada enables students to gain a greater appreciation of the United States’ largest neighbor and exposes them to values and institutions widely shared among developed countries other than the United States.
The Canadian studies program is designed to develop in students an understanding of the history, society, political institutions, economy, and culture of Canada. The Canadian Studies curriculum places particular emphasis on examining the differences and similarities between Canada and the United States; Canadian-American relations; and the often conflict-ridden relationship between the largely French-speaking province of Quebec and the largely English-speaking rest of the country.
Students trained in Canadian Studies will be able to speak, write, and do research on issues related to Canada. In addition, they will possess knowledge and skills to enable them to function well in an environment requiring international awareness and understanding of cross-cultural exchange.
All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “D” or better. However, students minoring in Canadian Studies must maintain the minimum grade point average of 2.00 (A=4.00) in the minor field and must complete all course requirements for the academic minor with a grade of “C-” or better.
Canadian Studies Minor
(all instruction in English)
CAN 130 Introduction to Canada
CAN/HIS 230 History of Canada
CAN/POL 250 Comparative Politics in Developed Countries
One of the following courses
CAN/ENG 240 Introduction to Canadian Fiction
CAN/FRE 340 Francophone Canadian Literature
Three additional hours earned through one of the following options
- The alternative literature course from above
- A Winter Term dealing with a Canadian topic
- Participation in the Acadia exchange program
- SOC 221 Marriage and the Family
- An internship in Canada or at Canadian government offices
- Other appropriate class activities (such as CAN 300 Topics in Canadian Studies) as arranged with the Canadian Studies director.