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North American Studies provides a comprehensive view of civilization on this continent, with a special emphasis on the United States. The peoples of the continent are examined in the first instance from the perspective of economics, political science, literature, and history. Subsequent courses are available from several other disciplines as well. Foundation and capstone seminars constitute a vital part of the program. The goal is to attain mastery over diverse material and to develop an integrated knowledge of society on this continent.

Independent study, internships, and university exchange arrangements are available within the context of the program. Graduates of the program are well prepared for several types of professional options, including those that require advanced degrees.


Transferring Credits

Students are normally allowed to transfer appropriate credits completed elsewhere to meet up to one-third of a McGill program. Therefore, for the 18 credit Minor Concentration in North American Studies, 6 credits may be transferred to the program. For students completing the Major Concentration in North American Studies, 12 credits may be transferred to the program.

Please note that prior approval from a program adviser or the program chair is required.

For information on counting transfer credits towards the North American Studies Minor and Major Concentrations, please go here.


Fall 2013 Curriculum Rules
Minor Concentration (18 credits)

[This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration in North American Studies.]

Required Courses (9 credits)

ECON 205 An Intro to Political Economy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 211 American History to 1865 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 401 Interdisciplinary Seminar NAST 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits to be chosen from at least two departments from the list below:

ECON 219 Current Econ Problems:Topics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 223 Pol Economy of Trade Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 302 Money, Banking & Gov Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 304 Financial Instruments & Inst. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 
ECON 311 U.S. Economic Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 225 American Literature 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


or
ENGL 226 American Literature 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


or
ENGL 227 American Literature 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 324 20th C American Prose 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 325 Course not available


ENGL 326 19th Century American Prose 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 327 Canadian Prose Fiction 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 328 Dvlpmnt of Canadian Poetry 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 333 Dvlpmnt of Canadian Poetry 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 221 United States since 1865 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 301 U.S. Presidential Campaigning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 311 Gilded Age&Progressive Era 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 322 Canada:American Presence s.'39 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 331 The U.S. Between the Wars 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 
HIST 342 Canada: Ext Rel Since 1867 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 351 Themes in U.S. History s. 1865 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 360 Latin America since 1825 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 363 Canada 1870-1914 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 201 Intro to North Amer. Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


*
NAST 471 Topics in North Amer Studies 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 472 Topics in North Amer Studies 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 490 Independent Reading & Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 499 Arts Internship: NAS 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 318 Comparative Local Government 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 319 Politics of Latin America 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 325D1 Government & Politics: U.S. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


and
POLI 325D2 Government & Politics: U.S. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 342 Canadian Foreign Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 346 American Foreign Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 371 Challenge of Cnd Federalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 425 Topics in American Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


* It is strongly recommended that students take NAST 201.


Fall 2009 Curriculum Rules
Major Concentration (36 credits)

Required Courses (12 credits)

CANS 200 Intro to the Study of Canada 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 205 An Intro to Political Economy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 201 Intro to North Amer. Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 401 Interdisciplinary Seminar NAST 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses (24 credits)

To be chosen as follows:
12 credits chosen from at least three of the following disciplines:

COMS 230 Communication and Democracy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 219 Current Econ Problems:Topics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 223 Pol Economy of Trade Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 225 American Literature 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


or
ENGL 226 American Literature 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


or
ENGL 227 American Literature 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 211 American History to 1865 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 221 United States since 1865 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 325D1 Government & Politics: U.S. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


and
POLI 325D2 Government & Politics: U.S. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


*
* Prerequisites will be waived for NAST students.


6 credits chosen from Group A:

ANTH 336 Course not available


ANTH 338 Native Peoples of N America 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


CANS 305 Canadian Modernity 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


CANS 306 Issues in Native Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


CANS 307 Canada in the World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 302 Money, Banking & Gov Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 304 Financial Instruments & Inst. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 
ECON 311 U.S. Economic Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 324 20th C American Prose 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 325 Course not available

 
ENGL 326 19th Century American Prose 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 327 Canadian Prose Fiction 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 328 Dvlpmnt of Canadian Poetry 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 333 Dvlpmnt of Canadian Poetry 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 301 U.S. Presidential Campaigning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 311 Gilded Age&Progressive Era 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 322 Canada:American Presence s.'39 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 331 The U.S. Between the Wars 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 
HIST 342 Canada: Ext Rel Since 1867 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 351 Themes in U.S. History s. 1865 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 360 Latin America since 1825 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 363 Canada 1870-1914 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 364 Canada 1914-1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 367 Canada since 1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 371 American Civ. Rights 1877-1940 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 377 The United States, 1940-1965 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 392 The United States since 1965 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 393 Civil War & Reconstruction 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 306 The American Jewish Community 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 386 American Jewish Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 471 Topics in North Amer Studies 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 472 Topics in North Amer Studies 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 490 Independent Reading & Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NAST 499 Arts Internship: NAS 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 318 Comparative Local Government 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 319 Politics of Latin America 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 342 Canadian Foreign Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 346 American Foreign Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 371 Challenge of Cnd Federalism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 425 Topics in American Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


SOCI 327 Jews in North America 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


6 credits chosen from Group B:

BUSA 364 Business Law 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


BUSA 368 Business Law 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


CANS 409 Canadian Studies Seminar 9 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


CANS 412 Canada and Americas Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


COMS 300 Media and Modernity in 20th C 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 303 Canadian Economic Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 305 Industrial Organization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 306 Labour Markets and Wages 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


or
ECON 426 Labour Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 308 Govt Policy Towards Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 404 Course not available


ECON 406 Topics in Economic Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 408 Public Sector Economics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 409 Public Sector Economics 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 434 Current Economic Problems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ECON 440 Health Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 407 The 20th Century 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 409 Studies in a Canadian Author 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 410 Theme or Movement Canadian Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 411 Studies in Cdn Fiction 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 414 Studies in 20th C Literature 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 415 Studies in 20th C Lit 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 418 A Major Modernist Writer 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 419 Studies in 20th C Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 422 Studies in 19th C American Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 423 Studies in 19th C Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENGL 440 First Nations+Inuit Lit+Media 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HISP 301 Hisp Lit & Cult in English 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 408 Colonialism and Native Peoples 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 409 Themes: Latin American Hist 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 424 Gender, Sexuality & Medicine 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 431 Topics in U.S. History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 434 Brit. North America 1760-1867 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 447 The Natural History of America 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 461D1 Topics in Modern U.S. History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


and
HIST 461D2 Topics in Modern U.S. History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 462D1 Course not available


and
HIST 462D2 Course not available


HIST 530 U.S. Foreign Relations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 592D1 Topics: Canadian Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


and
HIST 592D2 Topics: Canadian Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 
LING 320 Sociolinguistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


MGCR 352 Marketing Management 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


MRKT 354 Marketing Management 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


MRKT 452 Consumer Behaviour 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 416 Course not available


POLI 427 Sel Topics:Canadian Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 469 Course not available


POLI 478 The Cdn Constitution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


SOCI 318 Television in Society 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


SOCI 435 Course not available