How Do I Major in North American Studies?
You can do an Honours BA North American Studies in combination with another Honours BA program. While completing the North American Studies Program, students will take a set of required courses that focus on interactions within and between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. In addition, students specialize their studies by taking additional courses in either the Canadian Studies or American Studies streams. To the left, you will find links to web pages that provide more detailed information, academic worksheets, and sample programs for both the Canadian and American studies streams.
As a joint major, North American Studies combines particularly well with a large number of other majors offered in the Faculty of Arts (e.g. History, Political Science, Geography, English and Film Studies, etc.). If you plan your program well, it is often possible to use courses taken in your other joint major to count towards the program requirements in North American Studies - particularly with respect to elective requirements within the Canadian and American Studies streams.
As a complement to the North American Studies Program, Laurier is an active participant in the NAFTA Mobility Exchange Program, which provides funding for our students to study for one term on our partner campuses in the U.S. and Mexico. For example, a student who is majoring in North American Studies and History could could supplement their WLU studies with courses on the American South and Civil War History at Georgia Southern University. Or, a student enrolled in North American Studies and Anthropology might find it interesting to take courses in regional anthropology at Universidad Veracruzana. Information about the NAFTA Mobility Exchange Program can be found here.
For additional information, you can also consult the North American Studies Program section of the online 2012-2013 Undergraduate Calendar.
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