National War Memorial surrounded by Canadian flags in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

In 1964, the College of Arts & Sciences at UVM established the first comprehensive Canadian Studies Program in the United States. Today, we have 15 faculty associates and staff members that are active in teaching, research and outreach. One of eight areas of study within The Global and Regional Studies Program, Canadian studies offers an undergraduate minor designed to give students a multidisciplinary perspective of Canada.

Although Canada and the United States share a great deal of history, the world’s longest undefended border, and the world’s largest bilateral trading relationship, the full significance of this relationship is not widely recognized in the United States. By learning more about the similarities and differences between Canada and the United States, students not only come to a much greater understanding of their northern neighbor, but they also learn a lot about their own country and how it is perceived by one of its key allies.

Minor Requirements

Our minor program provides a stimulating blend of courses from history, French, geography, and more. The Canadian studies minor can be paired with whatever major you choose, and it will offer you a skillset, including writing and critical thinking, that can be applied towards any career path. Our minor program consists of 18 course credits, and many of our minor students spend time abroad. See our requirements for the Canadian Studies minor.

Beyond the Classroom

The Canadian Studies Program is very active on and off campus. Each year the Program sponsors a series of special events to broaden our understanding of Canada, not only for UVM students but for the general community as well. Student activities include visiting lecturers and field trips to Canada. The Program also sponsors cultural events, public lectures and forums on current events, and conferences for the academic and business communities. The Canadian Studies Program has been funded, in part, by the Governments of the United States, Canada, and Quebec to facilitate special activities and development, promote new courses, augment library collections, and assist faculty research projects.

Advising

A key part of your success at UVM will be your relationship with your academic advisor. Think of your advisor as your academic liaison who you can rely on to clarify university policies and requirements, provide support, and help you navigate your undergraduate journey. As a Canadian Studies minor, you will automatically be paired with program director, David Massell. Learn more about advising.

Popular Courses

  • FREN 051 Intermediate I
  • HST 165 Canadian-American Relations