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Pre-Approved Electives

Students pursuing the Honours BA in North American Studies in combination with another Honours BA program, the North American Studies Minor or the Canadian Studies Minor must take electives to complete their program requirements:

  • Students in the Honours BA in North American Studies are required to take 2.5 senior credits in North American or Canadian-content courses.
  • Students pursuing a North American Studies minor are required to take 1.5 senior credits (i.e. courses beyond the 100 level) in North American and Canadian-content courses.
  • Students pursuing a Canadian Studies minor are required to take 1.5 senior credits (i.e. courses beyond the 100 level) in Canadian-content courses only.

The North American Studies Program approves the courses that can be used to meet these elective requirements. To simplify this process, a number of courses have been pre-approved and can be found on the following list.

International Exchange

The North American Studies Program encourages its majors to consider an international exchange with one of its North American partners. In the United States, North American Studies has a long standing relationship with Georgia Southern University. In Mexico, we have sent our majors to Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Ciudad de Mexico.

Pre-Approved Electives

It is very important to note that this list does not imply automatic eligibility to enrol in these courses. All courses may have prerequisites established by departments and/or programs. You should plan your overall program carefully to ensure that you will have any necessary prerequisites to register in these courses so that you may use them as electives.

There may be courses not appearing on these lists that may still qualify to be used as Canadian or North American-content electives. If you believe a course you plan to take (or are taking) has considerable content related to Canada, the United States or Mexico please feel free to bring this to our attention. An assessment will be made of the course, and the coordinator will determine if there is adequate content to qualify the course as a North American Studies elective. Please note, this determination is entirely at the discretion of the North American Studies program.

It may also be possible to use certain North American Studies courses to meet elective requirements, if these courses are not already being used to meet a requirement within your North American Studies program. For example, students pursuing the combined Honours BA can use NO301 as either a Canadian or North American-content elective if their two third-year course requirements have already been met with other courses (e.g. NO302/NO303/NO309).

Note: Canadian-content electives are marked with an asterix (*).

Anthropology

  • AN201: Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: Ethnohistorical Perspectives*
  • AN229: Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: Contemporary Issues*
  • AN333: Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility*

Archaeology

  • AR235: North American Prehistory*
  • AR241: History and Archaeology of North America, 1500-1900

Communication Studies

  • CS310: Globalization and Communication
  • CS304: Canadian Communication Thought*

Criminology

  • CC204: Aboriginal Peoples and the Law*
  • CC301: Crime, Sentencing and Punishment in Canada*
  • CC302: Crime and the Justice System*

Economics

  • EC223: Economics of the Canadian Banking and Financial System*
  • EC233: Public Economics: Expenditure*
  • EC246: Positive and Normative Aspects of Income Distribution*
  • EC248: Economics of Health*
  • EC306: Economics of Wages and Employment*
  • EC313: Public Economics: Taxation*

English

  • EN263: Canada Then: Exploring Canadian Literature*
  • EN267: Canada Now: Contemporary Canadian Literature*
  • EN324: Canadian Women’s Writing*
  • EN218: Contemporary American Literature
  • EN265: American Literature to 1900
  • EN266: American Literature of the Early 20th Century

  • EN280: Indigenous Writers in English*

Environmental Studies

  • ES290: Global Resource and Environmental Issues*
  • ES297: Geography of Water Resources – Canada*
  • ES494: Northern Resources and Environments*

Film Studies

  • FS244: Canadian Film*
  • FS249: Detective Film
  • FS252: Film Noir
  • FS253: Gangster Film
  • FS254: Science Fiction Film
  • FS257: The Western
  • FS258: Film Musical
  • FS264: American Film, 1929-1969
  • FS344: American Film since 1969

French

  • FR237: Québec Culture I: Language, Nation Identity*
  • FR337: Québec Cinema: The Politics of Memory*
  • FR437: Québec Literature: Critiquing Family Church and State*

Geography

  • GG232: Landscapes in the Great Lakes Basin*
  • GG250: Canada*
  • GG256: Selected Ontario Regions*
  • GG262: Travel Behaviour*
  • GG270: Cultural Geographies*
  • GG290: Global Resource and Environmental Issues*
  • GG297: Geography of Water Resources – Canada*
  • GG350: Canadian Issues*
  • GG354: The Canadian North*
  • GG365: Canadian Urban Spaces*
  • GG494: Northern Resources and Environments*

Global Studies

  • GS355: Indigenous Peoples in Global Context*

History

  • HI212: French Canada Before Confederation*
  • HI213: French Canada After Confederation*
  • HI233: A History of Sea Power since 1914*
  • HI234: Canadian Art*
  • HI246: Canadian External Relations*
  • HI292: History of Canada to Confederation*
  • HI293: History of Canada since Confederation*
  • HI312: Canadian-American Relations*
  • HI320: Canada since 1945*
  • HI321: Social History of Pre-Industrial Canada*
  • HI322: Social History of Modern Canada*
  • HI327: Québec in the 20th Century*
  • HI328: Canada in the World: From Laurier to the 21st Century*
  • HI337: Canadian Business History*
  • HI338: Canadian Labour History*
  • HI339: History of Ontario since 1791*
  • HI341: Canadian Military History*
  • HI344: Native Peoples of Eastern Canada*
  • HI345: Native Peoples of Western Canada*
  • HI375: Seeking Justice: The Family and Law in Canada, 1867-1969*
  • HI377: Science and Environment in Canadian History*
  • HI397: Canadian Women’s and Gender History*
  • HI421: Reading Seminar on Canadian Historiography*
  • HI422: Reading Seminar on Historical Representations of Canada*
  • HI423: Reading Seminar on Families and Education in Canada and the US*
  • HI424: Reading Seminar on Nature and Environment in Canadian History*
  • HI425: Reading Seminar on Science, Culture and Society in Canadian History*
  • HI426: Reading Seminar on Aboriginal History in North American since Columbus*
  • HI427: Reading Seminar on Local History*
  • HI429: Reading Seminar on the History of Canada to 1900*
  • HI430: Reading Seminar on Canada in the 20th Century*
  • HI473: Research Seminar on Families and Education in Canada and the US*
  • HI474: Research Seminar on Nature and Environment in Canadian History*
  • HI475: Research Seminar on Science, Culture and Society in Canadian History*
  • HI476: Research Seminar on Aboriginal History in North American since Columbus*
  • HI479: Research Seminar on the History of Canada to 1900*
  • HI480: Research Seminar on Canada in the 20th Century*
  • HI254: Civil War and Reconstruction: the U.S. in Turmoil
  • HI330: Slavery and Emancipation in the United States
  • HI331: The African-American Experience since 1877
  • HI332: The Foreign Relations of the United States in the 20th Century
  • HI333: Sport and Society in the United States from 1865 to the present
  • HI335: The United States in Latin America since 1898
  • HI372: Colonial and U.S. Women, 1607-1869
  • HI380: American Culture and Society, 1890-1950
  • HI381: American Culture and Society since the Second World War
  • HI406: Reading Seminar on American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century
  • HI412: Reading Seminar on Race & Gender in the United States, 1608-1877
  • HI423: Reading Seminar on Families and Education in Canada and the US
  • HI426: Reading Seminar on Aboriginal History in North America since Columbus
  • HI434: Reading Seminar on the United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras
  • HI440: Reading Seminar on Roosevelt’s America
  • HI441: Reading Seminar on American Extremism since 1776
  • HI445: Reading Seminar on the Era of the US Civil War
  • HI456: Research Seminar on American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century
  • HI462: Research Seminar on Race & Gender in the United States, 1608-1877
  • HI473: Research Seminar on Home and School: Families and Education in Canada and the US
  • HI476: Research Seminar on Aboriginal North America: Interpreting Native History since Columbus
  • HI484: Research Seminar on the United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras
  • HI490: Research Seminar on Roosevelt’s America
  • HI491: Research Seminar on American Extremism since 1776: Arguing about Democracy
  • HI495: Research Seminar on the Era of the US Civil War

Political Science

  • PO263: Politics and Government in Canada*
  • PO264: The Practice of Politics in Canada*
  • PO312: The Politics of Cities and Regions in Canada*
  • PO313: Canadian Provincial Politics*
  • PO315: Politics and Society in Contemporary Québec*
  • PO316: Environment and Natural Resource Politics in Canada*
  • PO345: Canadian Public Policy*
  • PO347: Canadian Public Administration*
  • PO349: Political Communication*
  • PO360: Canadian Mass Politics*
  • PO371: The Constitution and Judicial Politics in Canada*
  • PO373: Aboriginal Politics and the Canadian State*
  • PO374: Conflict and Unity in Canadian Federalism*
  • PO431: The State and Nation in Canada*
  • PO432: Canadian Democracy*
  • PO433: Issues and Policy-making in Canada*
  • PO470: Canada and the Global South*
  • PO225: Government and Politics in the United States I
  • PO226: Government and Politics in the United States II
  • PO424: American Political Controversies

Religion and Culture

  • RE211: Indigenous Religions
  • RE225: Canada’s Religious Heritage*
  • RE236: Christian Ethics and Canadian Social Problems*
  • RE285: Religion and Culture of the African Diaspora*
  • RE317: Mennonite Culture*
  • RE318: Canadian Native Religious Traditions*
  • RE330: Controversial Religious Issues and Movements*
  • RE331: Religious Diversity in Contemporary Canada*

Sociology

  • SY201: Sociology of Families*
  • SY210: Social Inequality
  • SY313: Sociological Perspectives on Canadian Society*
  • SY332: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity*
  • SY333: Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility*
  • SY412: Constructions of Parenthood and Childhood in Canada*
  • SY417: Dimensions of Social Inequality in Canada*
  • SY419: Migration, Globalization and Transnationalism in Canada*

Women and Gender Studies

  • WS202: Women and Gender Relations in Canada*
  • WS304: Gender and Colonial Legacies*