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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 30, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Elective Courses



Students pursuing the Honours BA North American Studies in Combination with another Honours BA Program, the Canadian Studies Minor, and the American Studies Minor, must take electives to complete their program requirements:

Students in the Canadian Studies stream of the Combined Honours BA are required to take 2.5 credits in Canadian-content courses.

Students in the American Studies stream of the Combined Honours BA are required to take 1.5 credits in American-content courses.

Students pursuing a Canadian Studies minor are required to take 1.5 SENIOR credits (i.e. courses beyond the 100 level) in Canadian-content courses.

Students pursuing an American Studies minor are required to take 1.0 SENIOR credits (i.e. courses beyond the 100 level) in American-content courses.


The North American Studies Program Coordinator approves the courses that can be used to meet these elective requirements. To simplify this process, a number of courses have been pre-approved and can be found on the following lists:

Courses Pre-Approved as Canadian-Content Electives

Courses Pre-Approved as American-Content Electives

It is very important to note that these lists do NOT imply automatic eligibility to enroll in these courses. All courses may have prerequisites established by Departments and/or Programs. You should plan your overall program carefully to ensure that you will have any necessary prerequisites to register in these courses so that you may use them as electives.

There may be courses not appearing on these lists that may still qualify to be used as Canadian or American-content electives. If you believe a course you plan to take (or are taking) has considerable content related to Canada or the United States, please feel free to bring this to the attention of the Program Coordinator. An assessment will be made of the course, and the Coordinator will determine if there is adequate content to qualify the course as a North American Studies elective. Please note, this determination is entirely at the discretion of the NASP Coordinator.

It may also be possible to use certain North American Studies courses to meet elective requirements, IF these courses are not already being used to meet a requirement within your NASP program. For example, students pursuing the Combined Honours BA can use NO301 as either a Canadian or American-content elective if their two third year course requirements have already been met with other courses (e.g. NO302/NO303/NO309).

Please consult with the Program Coordinator if you have any questions concerning electives.