Canadian Parliament buildings

Canadian Studies

About Our Program

With Canada located just a hop, skip, and a bridge away from campus, you can wake up in Canton and be touring Canada’s capital and enjoying its cuisine in just 90 minutes. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even climb a high peak in the morning and explore Canada by nightfall. 

In our program, we want you to experience Canada first hand. You’ll learn from expert professors and think critically about international relations while gaining experience through research and independent study. 

Our faculty’s connections with Canadian scholars ensure you’ll hear from exceptional guest speakers as you develop a deep understanding of the country's geography, history, economy, politics, and cultures.

Program Offerings

  • Minor

Department

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

On the border of curiosity and understanding, we take full advantage of our North Country location to offer you learn-by-doing experiences in Canada.

Trips to Canada

A staple of the Canadian studies program is your ability to experience Canada for yourself. You’ll have a front-row seat in the press gallery as you watch a session of Parliament, explore historical artifacts in museums, and tour the local cities. 

Research

You can combine your passion for the environment with international relations by conducting research on the St. Lawrence River, the body of water that separates Canada from the U.S.

Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Canada.

Canadian studies students have attended:

  • McGill University, Montreal
  • Laval University, Quebec City
  • Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Trent University, Ontario

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that connect your passion for international relations, policy, government, and the environment including:

  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Environmental Action Organization
  • French Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Native American Student Alliance
  • Public Leadership Education Network
  • St. Lawrence River Alliance
  • Thelomathesian Society

Why Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence is the closest U.S. liberal arts college to another country's capital.

65%

of St. Lawrence students study off campus

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21 miles between campus and the Canadian border

94%

of recent St. Lawrence graduates are employed or attending grad school within 7-9 months of graduating

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore Canadian studies major requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

Complementary and Related Programs

We offer a combined studies program with either a department in the social sciences or humanities for you to pair your interest in Canadian studies with a variety of major options.

Popular Double Majors with This Program
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Experience Canada

Whether it's a day trip, semester, or year, you’ll experience the largest country in the Western hemisphere just on the other side of the St. Lawrence River.

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A Winter Tradition

Grab your passport and ice skates and head to Ottawa for Winterlude, a month-long festival where you’ll skate on the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest ice skating rink. While you’re embracing all that winter has to offer, you’ll eat Canadian delicacies like poutine and beaver tails, check out ice sculptures, and slide down massive snow hills.

Connect With a Current Student

You've heard enough about our program from us; connect with a current student to learn first-hand about their faculty mentors, favorite classes, or unique experiences. No question is too big or too small—ask away!
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Charles Shaw.
Class of 2022

Charles Shaw (he/him)

  • Guilford, Connecticut
  • Connecticut-Guilford High School
  • Government major, Canadian Studies minor

Campus Involvement

St. Lawrence Cycling Team, Powerhouse, Thelmo, Resume Building

Jeff Clarke.
Class of 2022

Jeff Clarke (he/him)

  • London Ontario, Canada
  • St. Andre Bessette
  • Government major, Canadian Studies minor

Campus Involvement

Men's Ice Hockey, Institutional Research Proctor

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

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We’re looking for curious students who are eager to make a difference. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you.