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Canadian Studies at
Western Kentucky University

     WKU’s Canadian Studies certificate permits students to begin their study of Canada with Perspectives on Canada, an introductory team taught CSOP course, then take advanced courses in Canadian history, government, civil liberties, economic, social, and cultural policies from comparative and international perspectives, and conclude their studies with a summer internship in the Canadian Parliament.

     These Canadian Studies Online Program courses are available to WKU students, because Western Kentucky University is a member of the Kentucky Canadian Studies Consortium. Since 2001, the Canadian Government’s Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grants have facilitated consortium-wide Canadian Studies program development and its institutionalization.

     At WKU, students are required to take 12 hours of Canadian Studies-related courses, which may include Canadian Studies Online Program courses taught by WKU  MSU, and EKU faculty, and permits them to conclude their studies with a summer internship. Students interested in Canadian Studies certificate may contact Dr. John Petersen, the WKU Canadian Studies campus coordinator.  

Certificate in Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies Required Course: 3 hours
HIS 492: History of Canada

Canadian Studies Elective Courses: 9 hours                   

1. Western Kentucky University Courses
ECON 380: International Economics
    ENG 395: Contemporary Literature 
    FREN 427: Francophone Culture
    FREN 445: French Canadian Literature
    GEOG 360: Geography of North America
    PS 360: Government and Politics of Britain and Canada
    MGT 403: International Business

2. Canadian Studies Online Program Courses
    ANT 366: First Nations of Canada
    HIS 492:  History of Canada
    MKT 420: North American Marketplace
    PS 299:  Perspectives on Canada
    PS 360:  Government and Politics of Britain and Canada
    PS 400:  Comparative Constitutional Law and Politics
    PS 450:  Political Economy and Environmental Policy in Canada
    PS 460:  Politics of the North American Auto Industry

Study in Canada Elective: 3 hours
IST 495: Canadian Parliament Internship Program

Total: 12 hours

Canadian Studies Information 

John Petersen, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Western Kentucky University