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North American Studies

Laurier’s North American Studies program is the first of its kind in Ontario. It’s an interdisciplinary program, exploring the extent to which we can consider North America – including Canada, the United States and Mexico – as a distinct historical, cultural, political and economic entity.

This program brings together students and professors interested in understanding the many different aspects of North America, and Canada’s particular place on the continent. Our courses examine a wide range of topics:

  • Culture and identity;
  • Indigenous peoples;
  • Business and economy; and
  • Public policy.

You’ll be encouraged to take elective courses in history, geography, English, film studies, political science and languages, and are given the opportunity to study at partner campuses in the United States and Mexico.

With a major or minor in North American Studies, students will have a competitive edge in today’s job market. This knowledge can lead to careers in private business, government and non-government organizations, journalism or law.

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.

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Your Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Explore the North American Studies experience and career guide to learn ways you can extend your classroom experience into the world and the career opportunities available to you.