Undergraduate Specialization - Specialization in Canadian Studies

Specialization in Canadian Studies
Program Code:
4701 Canadian Studies
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Specialization Undergraduate
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs

Specialization in Canadian Studies

The Specialization in Canadian Studies is designed for students who plan careers with an international orientation focused on inter-American relations involving Canada.  The specialization provides an opportunity for students to increase their understanding of:

  1. the processes of social, economic, political, and cultural change in Canada and in Canada's international relations.
  2. how the structure of the contemporary world system influences Canadian affairs.
  3. how culture shapes the process of national development in one of the major world regions.

Multidisciplinary in theory and practice, the specialization is based on the methodologies, theories, and literatures of the social sciences and liberal arts.  It involves faculty from the social sciences, arts, languages, and applied professional fields.

The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  The specialization is administered by the College of Social Science.

With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Students who elect the specialization are encouraged to study French or another language spoken by a significant minority in Canada.

The academic advisor for Canadian studies in the College of Social Science, located in Room 205 South Kedzie Hall, coordinates the specialization on behalf of the Dean.  That advisor assists the student in planning a program of study that is tailored to the student's interests, disciplinary major, and career objectives.  The student's program of study for the specialization must be approved in advance and in writing by both the advisor for Canadian studies and the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Social Science.

Requirements for the Specialization in Canadian Studies

The student must complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 level or above, distributed as follows:

1. Core courses:         10
  a. The following course:  
    ISS 336 Canada:  Social Science Perspectives (I) 4
  Integrative Studies in Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences 336 may be used to satisfy both the requirements for the Specialization in Canadian Studies and University requirements.  
  b. Six credits from the following courses:  
    ENG 465 Canadian Literature 3
    GEO 230 Geography of United States and Canada 3
    HST 329 History of Canada 3
2. Eight additional credits in courses relevant to Canadian studies including 4 credits related to one of the following options:  
  a. A study abroad experience.   
  b. An internship with a public or private sector agency or organization.