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Canadian Studies Minor

Learn about the history, culture, and politics of Canada and participate in study abroad programs in Canada. Enhance your career or graduate studies options.

What Will I Learn?

The multidisciplinary foundation course CAS111 Introduction to Canada is a required beginning. Students then have the option of choosing from a variety of Canadian content courses in history, geography, humanities, politics and economics/business, and Quebec studies. Many of these courses are part of the general education program at SUNY Plattsburgh. An important benefit of the minor program is that some of the courses can be taken through study abroad in a Canadian/Quebec university.

What is Unique About Our Program?

The 18 hour Canadian studies minor is a multidisciplinary program for students wishing to combine it with a major in another field. Students in such majors as history, political science, business, economics, environmental studies, French, and many others available at SUNY Plattsburgh have found this minor attractive to achieve their career aspirations and/or to pursue graduate studies.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Canadian studies is a foundation of a broad range of careers.

The multidisciplinary foundation of Canadian studies provides opportunities to a wide variety of careers ranging from teaching to international consulting. The flexibility in choosing courses, the opportunity to develop the a foreign language skill, the option to pursue an internship and study abroad, and the analytical perspective of the program offer unique advantages to the students to enter careers of their choice. The graduates of the program are not bound by location to find jobs near Canada. In fact, a recent survey of graduates showed that over 25 percent of them have professional positions outside New York State, some as far west as Washington or as far south as Louisiana.

The following is a partial list of the diversity of careers that Canadian studies program graduates are presently engaged in:

  • Law and legislative affairs
  • Teaching
  • Marketing and tourism management
  • Managers and international business consulting
  • Media specialist
  • Cultural arts director
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Sales representative
  • Data base administrator
  • Public safety
  • Criminal justice

Whatever your career aspiration, your academic advisor in Canadian studies can assist you in planning your curriculum through appropriate course selection. One of the important points to keep in mind is that students in Canadian studies start building their resumes from the day they enter the program.

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