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North American Studies (BA in combination)


Laurier’s North American Studies program is the first of its kind in Ontario. It’s an interdisciplinary program, exploring the extent to which we can consider North America – including Canada, the United States and Mexico – as a distinct historical, cultural, political and economic entity. If you choose Laurier's North American Studies combination program, we offer courses that focus on any of the four key areas of emphasis:

  • business and economy
  • culture and identity
  • public policy
  • Indigenous Peoples.

You are encouraged to take elective courses in our History, Geography, English, Film Studies, Political Science and Languages programs and will be given the opportunity to study at partner universities in the U.S. and Mexico.

Program Highlights

  • View the North American Studies experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • This is a flexible degree that you take in combination with another Arts program.
  • Innovative first-year courses combing the best of online and in-class active learning.
  • The Program offers both Canadian Studies and North American Studies minors.
  • There are opportunities for you to go on exchange with our international university partners in the United States and Mexico.

Sample Courses

  • Billionaires, Beavers, and Banditos
  • Narrative, Place and Identity in North America
  • North America: Business and Society
  • Drugs, Guns and Trucks: Commerce and Contraband Across North America
  • Decolonizing North America
  • Managing Borders in North America


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Management Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • International Public Policy Option
  • Research Specialization
  • North American Studies Minor
  • Global Studies Minor
  • History Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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