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SUNY Plattsburgh Announces New Quebec Studies Program

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh is the first to offer students in the United States the opportunity to pursue a minor in Quebec Studies through the College's Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Quebec Studies.

The program, which consists of 18 credits and courses ranging from Quebec politics to borderland and migration history, officially began this semester.

"This is truly an exciting announcement," said Dr. Christopher Kirkey, director of the Institute on Quebec Studies and the Center for the Study of Canada. "We're very proud to be the first college or university in the nation to offer a minor in Quebec studies. No other institution in the United States offers a minor or major in Quebec Studies, so we are pleased to offer this program to SUNY Plattsburgh students."

The announcement of the new program was made during the third annual Distinguished Quebec Address on Monday, Feb. 5. The address featured Madame Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Quebec Provincial Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.

Students in the new minor program must complete at least one three-credit French course and may complete an internship or an independent study project on Quebec. The program was approved by the Canadian Studies Curriculum Committee, the Arts and Science Committee on Courses and Programs and the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Mark Richard, associate director of the Institute, will be the advisor for students in the Quebec Studies program.

"This is a great opportunity for students who want to study Canada and in particular Quebec," said Richard."SUNY Plattsburgh, with its proximity and ties to Quebec, is the perfect institution to offer this one-of-a-kind course of study."

For more information on the minor, contact the Institute on Quebec Studies at 518-564-2226.
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