Undergraduate Programs

Canadian Studies – Major and Minor

The Canadian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program designed to promote the understanding of Canada, of Canada’s relationships with the United States, and of Canada’s major role in the Commonwealth and in the United Nations. Core courses introduce the student to the origins and evolution of the Canadian people, their society and culture; interdisciplinary courses broaden the student’s scope of understanding. Canada-related courses are offered as well in many of the university’s professional schools. Language competency in French through the second year is required for completion of the B.A. degree.

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Major in Canadian Studies

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
JSIS 200 Rise of States and Capitalism 5 Autumn
JSIS 202 Cultural Interactions in an Interdependent World 5 Spring
ECON 200 Micro-Economics 5 Any quarter
ECON 201 Macro-Economics 5 Any quarter
JSIS A 356 Canadian Society 5 Varies
JSIS A 498 Seminar: Canadian Problems 5 Varies
Canadian Studies Electives 3-400 level electives from approved list 18 Varies
French Language Proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level of a French language
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
 Total Credits (not including language): 53

Minor in Canadian Studies

30 credits chosen from at least three departments whose courses are listed below, including:

25 credits, to include the following:

  1. JSIS A 356 and JSIS A 498 (10 credits)
  2. 15 credits of electives chosen from an approved list*
  3. Minimum grade of 2.0 in each course applied to the minor
  4. Minimum 15 credits completed at the UW

For a list of approved electives click here.


Canadian Studies Courses

Canadian Studies Courses

Course # Title Credits Instructor
JSIS A 308 Canada: A Geographical Interpretation 5
JSIS A 321 Government and Politics of Canada 5
JSIS A 375 History of Canada 5
JSIS A 421 Multiculturalism in Canada 5
JSIS A 422 First Nations Filmmaking in Canada 5 Cote
JSIS A 426 First Nations Government and Politics in Canada 5 Cote
JSIS A 441 Québécois Literature 5 Delcourt
JSIS 388 Study Abroad-Canada 1-5,max 15
JSIS 482 Special Topics 1-5,max 15

International Studies

Course # Title Credits Instructor
JSIS B 344 Migration in the Global Economy 5 Mitchell
JSIS B 419 Comparative Media Systems(Only when course has Canadian focus) 5 Chan
JSIS 478 Special Topics(Only when course has Canadian focus) 1-5,max 15

Creative Arts

Course # Title Credits Instructor
AIS 350 Northwest Coast Indian Art 5 Oliver
ANTH 480 Introduction to Museology 5
ART H 206 Survey of Native American Art 5 R. Wright
ANTH 488 Advanced Topic in Museology 3
PSE 309 Creativity & Innovation 5 G. Allan

Environmental Studies

Course # Title Credits Instructor
ENV H 311 Introduction to Environmental Health 5
F M 422 Marketing of Forest Products 5
F M 423 International Marketing of Forest Products 5
OCEAN 102 Environmental Oceanography 5

Ethnic and Gender Studies

Course # Title Credits Instructor
AAS 372 Internment Camps in North America 5 Kashima
FREN 488 French Women Writers and Feminist Theory 5
JSIS B 380 Immigration and Cultural Memory in the Pacific Northwest: The Role of Film and Cinema 5
WOMEN 383 Social History of American Women 5

First Nations Studies

Course # Title Credits Instructor
AIS 350 ARCHY 497 Prehistoric Cultures of North America: Eastern North America (5) 5 Oliver
ANTH 480 AIS 201 Introduction: Ethnohistory of Native North America (5) Harmon 5
ART H 206 AIS 202 Contemporary Indian Experience (5) Colonesse 5 R. Wright
ANTH 488 AIS 311 North American Indians: Pacific Northwest (5) 3
PSE 309 AIS 312 North American Indians of the Intermountain West (5) M. Wright 5 G. Allan
PSE 309 AIS 335 American Indian and the Law (5) Harmon 5 G. Allan
PSE 309 ANTH 310 Native North American Studies (5) 5 G. Allan
PSE 309 ARTH/ANTH 331 Art of the Northwest Coast Indians (5) 5 G. Allan
PSE 309 ENGL 377 Contemporary Native American Literature (5) 5 G. Allan

Literature

Course # Title Credits Instructor
AIS 350 ENGL 377 Contemporary Native American Literature (5) 5 Oliver
ANTH 480 FREN 488 French Women Writers and Feminist Writers (5) 5

Social and Political Institutions

Course # Title Credits Instructor
HSTAA 433 Pacific Northwest Identity 5
HSTAA 432 History of Washington and the Pacific Northwest 5
I BUS 300 Environment of International Business 5
I BUS 340 Business Environment in Industrial Countries 5
POL S 405 American Politics Seminar 5 Smith
SO JU 450 Crime and Law Enforcement – Canada and the United States 5
URBDP 479 The Urban Form 5 Vernez-Moudon

Canadian Studies Minor Electives

JSIS A/GEOG 308 Canada: A Geographic Interpretation (5)
JSIS A  321/ POL S 341 Government and Politics of Canada (5)
JSIS A 375/ HSTAA 377 History of Canada (5)
JSIS A 400 Canadian Values and Symbols (5)
JSIS A/COM 424 Canadian Media Systems (5)
JSIS A/COM 430 Canadian Documentary Film Traditions (5)
JSIS A/FRENCH 441 Quebecois Literature (5)
JSIS 482 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15)
JSIS A 421 Multiculturalism in Canada (5)
AAS 372 Internment Camps in N. America: U.S. & Canada (5)
ANTH 310 Native North American Societies (5)
COM 420/ SIS 419/ POL S 468 Comparative Media Systems (5)
AIS 377/ENGL 359 Contemporary American Indian Literature (5)

JSIS & Affiliate Canadian Studies Faculty