The Canadian Studies program fosters a critical understanding of the complexity and diversity of contemporary Canada from interdisciplinary perspectives. We passionately debate Canada’s place in the world, and the place of the world in Canada. Courses address a range of theoretical frameworks and research methods that span cultural, social, environmental, economic, and political issues. Students are involved with decision-making and problem-solving that takes their learning beyond the classroom into real-world scenarios. We teach students to make lasting and constructive contributions to the communities in which they live. Graduates of the program are engaged citizens who will help shape Canada’s future at home and abroad.
The Canadian Studies program currently offers four programs of study, one specialist, one major, and two minors. Our classes are small. Our approach is flexible. Courses regularly feature notable guest speakers from the community and across the university. Every year a distinguished visiting artist is a fellow of the program and gives class lectures as well as one-on-one meetings with students. Visiting Canadians from across the country and around the world bring new perspectives to the program.
There are also a number of exciting initiatives underway, including an annual student conference and a journal, ImagiNATIONs, produced by and for undergraduate students. The Canadian Studies Student Union is a focal point for social as well as academic pursuits.
Minor Program in Asian Canadian Studies
The minor in Asian Canadian Studies provides students with an opportunity to better understand the historical, sociocultural, economic, and political forces that shape our knowledge about people of Asian heritage in Canada, and in relationship to Asia and the diaspora. The category “Asian Canadian” is widely understood to refer to people in Canada of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and West Asian ancestry.
Like all other Canadian Studies programs, this minor is multidisciplinary in its approach. Courses foreground the intersections of race and ethnicity with other indices of difference, such as gender, class, migration, sexuality, language, and spirituality, in local, national, and global contexts. Students take two required half-year core courses in Canadian Studies; select from an array of courses on Asian Canadian Studies; and supplement their program with the large number of cross-listed program courses noted below. The minor in Asian Canadian Studies is easily combined with more traditional disciplinary areas of study, such as Anthropology, Art, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science and Sociology, or with interdisciplinary studies in Contemporary Asian Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and East Asian Studies.