OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18
GPA requirements to earn minor: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in six courses that count toward the minor.
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: C
Contact Information: Stephen J. Hornsby, Director and Professor of Geography and Canadian Studies, 207-581-4226, Hornsby@maine.edu
Ties between Maine and Canada are long-standing and varied. Geographically, the state is virtually surrounded by the Canadian provinces of Québec and New Brunswick. Almost half of the state’s population has ancestral roots in Canada. Economic connections, from energy to tourism are close, and environmental issues frequently demand international cooperation. More broadly, Americans need to know much more about Canada. Growing integration of the U.S. and Canadian economies aided by the North American Free Trade Agreement; common environmental concerns, particularly over-harvesting of natural resources and pollution of common waterways and airspace; and long-standing social and cultural ties are significant reasons for studying the Canadian-American relationship.
Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that offers students an opportunity to access courses from one of the largest and most comprehensive Canadian Studies programs in the country. The program is particularly strong in Anthropology, Archeology, Economics, French, History, and Political Science. In addition, there are course offerings in Art, Business Administration, Education, English, Forestry, Franco American Studies, Geography, Geology, Journalism, and Native American Studies.
A student majoring in International Affairs may choose the Canadian Studies concentration.