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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.

This program brings together students and professors interested in understanding the many different aspects of North America, and Canada’s particular place on the continent. Our courses examine a wide range of topics: culture and identity, Indigenous peoples, business and economy, and public policy. You’ll be encouraged to take elective courses in history, geography, English, film studies, political science and languages, and are given the opportunity to study at partner campuses in the United States and Mexico.

Program Highlights

  • We offer an innovative first-year course that combines the best of online and in-class active learning.
  • This is a flexible degree that you take in combination with another Arts program.
  • There are opportunities for you to go on exchange with our international university partners in the United States and Mexico.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Billionaires, Beavers, and Banditos (NO105)
  • Narrative, Place and Identity in North America (NO202)
  • Decolonizing North America (NO230)
  • North America: Business and Society (NO240)
  • Drugs, Guns and Trucks: Commerce and Contraband Across North America (NO301)
  • Managing Borders in North America (NO401)


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

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