Canadian Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh

Canada: Our Friendly Neighbor to the North

Did you know?

  • Canada is the second largest country in the world but has the smallest economy among the most advanced countries in the world?
  • Canada has French and English as its national languages?
  • Canada, not Japan or China, is the largest single trading partner of the United States with $500 billion worth of annual trade between them?
  • The U.S. is the single largest investor with many U.S. multinational corporations doing business in Canada? Canada is the fourth largest investor in the United States?
  • The term “Global Village” was first coined some 40 years back by Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian?
  • Canada calls its “native Canadians” the “First Nations”?
  • Canada, not the Middle East, is the largest supplier of energy to the United States?

If these points come as a little surprise to you, you should learn more about Canada, our friendly neighbor to the North.

Learn about Canada through Experience

Students can pursue a minor in Canadian studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. The Canadian studies program will give you a stronger academic focus by experiencing:

  • A vibrant international atmosphere on campus;
  • The integration with faculty, students, and staff from the U.S., Canada, and from countries around the world on our campus;
  • An appreciation of Canada's cultures;
  • Intercultural experiences in Canada;
  • Bilingualism and multiculturalism.

Opportunities to Study at Canadian Universities

Canadian studies students have the opportunity to study in one of the many prestigious universities in Canada. The program has partnerships with McGill University, Concordia University in Montreal, Carleton University in Ottawa, and fifteen other universities in Quebec. Students interested in strengthening their French language skills can avail themselves of the French Immersion program for up to a year at Universite' Laval in Quebec City, Universite' de Montreal, and others throughout Quebec.

The Canadian studies program participates with the Center for the Study of Canada to send two students a year to study at select universities in Canada through the Killam Fellowship program. Kevin Ferguson and Lindsey Jackiel were two of the recepients in 2003-2004. Janine Gautier was our Killam Fellow in 2005-2006. Several other scholarships, some up to full tuition, are available on a semester or annual basis.

Internships

Students can acquire international opportunities and experiences in Canada through internships in Canadian and American Consulates, Quebec Delegations, trade and economic development offices, historical associations, and art galleries in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. Students in Canadian studies are encouraged to work on scholarly projects sponsored by faculty members on an independent study basis. Outstanding academic achievement by students in Canadian content courses is recognized with special certificates and awards.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Graduates of Canadian studies can pursue a variety of careers or enroll in graduate studies because of the multidisciplinary preparation in the program. Students of the Canadian studies program are successful in careers ranging from teaching to international trade, intergovernmental affairs, public relations, economic development, marketing, travel and tourism.

The Canada House

The Canadian studies program is located at the Center for the Study of Canada on the Plattsburgh State campus. The Center for the Study of Canada is dedicated to promoting Canada in the United States, and has been recognized as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education since 1983. The Center is at the forefront of innovative Canadian focused curriculum, research and program initiatives.

 

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For further information about Canadian studies at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Christopher Kirkey 
Director
Center for the Study of Canada 202
Phone: (518) 564-2086
Email: canada@plattsburgh.edu