Minor in Canadian-American Studies

Students on fieldtrip

Why Consider a Canadian-American Studies Minor?

WWU’s unique position and depth of connection with Canada: Canada and the United States share a continent and are linked by deep economic ties, several common historical experiences, and many cultural similarities; they are also marked by real and important differences. WWU’s location and longstanding tradition of Canadian-American collaborations have fostered a program that draws upon leading expertise from researchers, policymakers, and issue advocates.

Explore international relations: The Canadian-American Studies minor provides an overview of Canada and Canada-U.S. relations so students may better understand the impact of these similarities and differences as well as how they affect key cultural, environmental, and economic issues in North America today and in the future. Our professors often take students on field trips to Canada for hands-on experience. Research and internship opportunities are available as well. 

Complements many majors/minors: The C/AM minor can add depth and international expertise to other areas of study. Examples include combining Canadian-American Studies with environmental science and policy, international business, geography, anthropology, political science, marketing, communications, journalism, history, and foreign languages.

Minor Requirements

  • 26 credits 
    • 3 core courses (14 credits) - C/AM 200, C/AM 277, C/AM 331 (or their cross-listed equivalents)
    • A minimum of 12 additional credits from electives list (including at least 4 credits at 400 level)

Note: Some courses listed under specializations and electives have prerequisites which are not covered by the C/AM major’s Core. Students should consult closely with a faculty advisor when designing the plan of study.

See C/AM Studies catalog for details on core courses and electives.

Contact Information

Christina Keppie: Director of Center for Canadian-American Studies, Undergraduate Advisor, and Professor of French and Linguistics            Office: Canada House 106 Email: keppiec@wwu.edu

Lisl Schroeder: Department Manager
Office: Canada House 102
Email: schroee2@wwu.edu

How to Declare

To declare the major or minor, contact the Center for Canadian-American Studies undergraduate advisor, Christina Keppie.

Declaring a minor form

C/AM Studies minor requirements checklist

Advising Tips: A formal program of study is initially designed by the student in consultation with the Canadian-American Studies Department undergraduate advisor, Christina Keppie.

Grade Requirements 

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.