In 1964, the College of Arts & Sciences at UVM established the first comprehensive Canadian Studies Program in the United States. Today, 8 faculty are active in teaching, research and outreach. Of the several 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 catalogue requirements for the Canadian Studies minor.

Beyond the Classroom

The Canadian Studies Program is active on and off campus. Activities include field trips to Canada and visiting lectures. The Program also sponsors forums for the general public. The Canadian Studies Program has been funded, in part, by the Governments of the United States, Canada, and Quebec to facilitate special activities,  promote new courses, augment library collections, and assist faculty research. 



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 2100 Intermediate I
  • HST 2525 Canadian-American Relations