University of Washington

About Canadian Studies

For more than twenty years, the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada (NRC), formed by the University of Washington (UW) and Western Washington University (WWU), has been awarded Title VI support by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of its leading role as a center of excellence on Canada. Located near the Canadian border and animated by an expanding web of cross-border academic and business linkages, the NRC has developed strong specializations in trade, security, Arctic foreign policy, Aboriginal self-determination, and environmental management. At UW, Canadian Studies is one of eight Title VI Centers in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, where teams of renowned scholars conduct cutting-edge research on global issues. The NRC combines comprehensive undergraduate and K-16 outreach programs with exceptional graduate training and specialized research in many professional schools. As secretariat for the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium, the NRC also serves almost fifty colleges and universities in the region. The NRC mission is to increase the number of scholars, educators and professionals knowledgeable about Canada in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation.

The Center offers a major, minor and International Studies Track in Canadian Studies; an Associated Students program for undergraduates; Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships and a Professional Development Program for graduate students; an Affiliated Faculty program; and a K-12 Teacher Associate program. The Center also offers public programming to increase knowledge and understanding of Canada, the Canada-US relationship and Canada's role in the world.

Thomson Hall
The Canadian Studies Center is proud to be housed in Thomson Hall, named after Canadian, David Thomson, acting president of the University of Washington 1926-7.David 

David Thomson, 1926-27 [Acting]
Thomson was born in 1871 in Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of Toronto and graduated in 1892. After graduation he studied at the University of Chicago. He later served on the faculty of the same University as an assistant professor of Latin. In 1902 he became a professor of Latin at the University of Washington. During the 1908-1909 school year he studied at the University of Munich, Germany. In 1917 He became the dean of the college of Liberal Arts and served in that position until 1931. He became the acting President of the University in 1926 and served until 1927. He was named Vice President of the University of Washington in 1931 and until his retirement he served as the Vice President of the University, Dean of Academic Guidance, and Vice Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences all at the University of Washington. Thomson died October 28, 1953 at the age of 82.

Canadian Studies Center
University of Washington
Box 353650
Thomson Hall, Room 503
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
T (206) 221-6374
F (206) 685-0668