North American Studies Program (NAST)

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North American Studies Program (NAST)

Location

Location

  • Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS)
  • Dawson Hall, Room 110
  • 853 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T6
  • Telephone: 514-398-4210
  • Fax: 514-398- 7185
  • Email: interdisciplinary.arts [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/nast
  • Advisers: Monica Hotter, Des Sitaras, Rosa Colaianni

About North American Studies Program

About North American Studies Program

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.

North American Studies Program (NAST) Faculty

North American Studies Program (NAST) Faculty

Program Director
Professor T. Velk (Economics)
Program Committee Chair
Professor H. Waller (Political Science)
Program Committee
Charles Boberg (Linguistics)
Jenny Burman (Art History and Communication Studies)
Allan Hepburn (English)
Miranda Hickman (English)
Leonard Moore (History)
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration North American Studies (18 credits)

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

Required Courses (9 credits)

ECON 205 (3) An Introduction to Political Economy
HIST 211 (3) American History to 1865
NAST 401 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar - North American Studies

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

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

*Note: Only one of ENGL 225, ENGL 226, or ENGL 227 may be selected.

**Note: It is strongly recommended that students take NAST 201.

ECON 219 (3) Current Economic Problems: Topics
ECON 223 (3) Political Economy of Trade Policy
ECON 302D1 (3) Money and Banking
ECON 302D2 (3) Money and Banking
ECON 311 (3) United States Economic Development
ENGL 225* (3) American Literature 1
ENGL 226* (3) American Literature 2
ENGL 227* (3) American Literature 3
ENGL 324 (3) 20th Century American Prose
ENGL 325 (3) Modern American Fiction
ENGL 326 (3) 19th Century American Prose
ENGL 327 (3) Canadian Prose Fiction 1
ENGL 328 (3) Development of Canadian Poetry 1
ENGL 333 (3) Development of Canadian Poetry 2
HIST 221 (3) United States since 1865
HIST 301 (3) U.S. Presidential Campaigning
HIST 311 (3) The Gilded Age and The Progressive Era
HIST 322 (3) Canada: American Presence since 1939
HIST 331 (3) The United States Between the Wars
HIST 341 (3) The New Nation: U.S. 1800-1850
HIST 342 (3) Canada: External Relations since 1867
HIST 351 (3) Themes in U.S. History since 1865
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
HIST 363 (3) Canada 1870-1914
NAST 201** (3) Introduction to North American Studies
NAST 471 (3) Topics in North American Studies 1
NAST 472 (3) Topics in North American Studies 2
NAST 490 (3) Independent Reading & Research
NAST 499 (3) Arts Internships: North American Studies
POLI 318 (3) Comparative Local Government
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America
POLI 325D1 (3) Government and Politics: United States
POLI 325D2 (3) Government and Politics: United States
POLI 342 (3) Canadian Foreign Policy
POLI 346 (3) American Foreign Policy
POLI 371 (3) Challenge of Canadian Federalism
POLI 425 (3) Topics in American Politics
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration North American Studies (36 credits)

Required Courses (12 credits)

CANS 200 (3) Introduction to the Study of Canada
ECON 205 (3) An Introduction to Political Economy
NAST 201 (3) Introduction to North American Studies
NAST 401 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar - North American Studies

Complementary Courses (24 credits)

24 credits selected as follows:

Communication Studies, Economics, English, History, Political Science

12 credits chosen from at least three disciplines from the list below:

*Note: Only one of ENGL 225, ENGL 226, or ENGL 227 may be selected.

**Note: Pre-requisites for POLI 325D1/D2 will be waived for students in the North American Studies program.

COMS 230 (3) Communication and Democracy
ECON 219 (3) Current Economic Problems: Topics
ECON 223 (3) Political Economy of Trade Policy
ENGL 225* (3) American Literature 1
ENGL 226* (3) American Literature 2
ENGL 227* (3) American Literature 3
HIST 211 (3) American History to 1865
HIST 221 (3) United States since 1865
POLI 325D1** (3) Government and Politics: United States
POLI 325D2** (3) Government and Politics: United States

Group A

6 credits chosen from Group A:

ANTH 336 (3) Ethnohistory: North Eastern North America
ANTH 338 (3) Native Peoples of North America
CANS 305 (3) Canadian Modernity
CANS 306 (3) Issues in Native Studies
CANS 307 (3) Canada in the World
ECON 302D1 (3) Money and Banking
ECON 302D2 (3) Money and Banking
ECON 311 (3) United States Economic Development
ENGL 324 (3) 20th Century American Prose
ENGL 325 (3) Modern American Fiction
ENGL 326 (3) 19th Century American Prose
ENGL 327 (3) Canadian Prose Fiction 1
ENGL 328 (3) Development of Canadian Poetry 1
ENGL 333 (3) Development of Canadian Poetry 2
HIST 301 (3) U.S. Presidential Campaigning
HIST 311 (3) The Gilded Age and The Progressive Era
HIST 322 (3) Canada: American Presence since 1939
HIST 331 (3) The United States Between the Wars
HIST 341 (3) The New Nation: U.S. 1800-1850
HIST 342 (3) Canada: External Relations since 1867
HIST 351 (3) Themes in U.S. History since 1865
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
HIST 363 (3) Canada 1870-1914
HIST 364 (3) Canada 1914-1945
HIST 367 (3) Canada since 1945
HIST 371 (3) American Civil Rights 1877-1940
HIST 377 (3) The United States, 1940-1965
HIST 392 (3) The United States since 1965
HIST 393 (3) Civil War and Reconstruction
JWST 306 (3) The American Jewish Community
JWST 386 (3) American Jewish Literature
NAST 471 (3) Topics in North American Studies 1
NAST 472 (3) Topics in North American Studies 2
NAST 490 (3) Independent Reading & Research
NAST 499 (3) Arts Internships: North American Studies
POLI 318 (3) Comparative Local Government
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America
POLI 342 (3) Canadian Foreign Policy
POLI 346 (3) American Foreign Policy
POLI 371 (3) Challenge of Canadian Federalism
POLI 425 (3) Topics in American Politics
SOCI 327 (3) Jews in North America

Group B

6 credits chosen from Group B:

*Note: From Group B, either ECON 306D1/D2 or ECON 426 may be taken but not both.

BUSA 364 (3) Business Law 1
BUSA 368 (3) Business Law 2
CANS 409 (3) Canadian Studies Seminar 9
CANS 412 (3) Canada and Americas Seminar
COMS 300 (3) Media and Modernity in the 20th Century
ECON 303 (3) Canadian Economic Policy
ECON 305 (3) Industrial Organization
ECON 306D1* (3) Labour Economics and Institutions
ECON 306D2* (3) Labour Economics and Institutions
ECON 308 (3) Governmental Policy Towards Business
ECON 404 (3) Transportation
ECON 406 (3) Topics in Economic Policy
ECON 408 (3) Public Sector Economics 1
ECON 409 (3) Public Sector Economics 2
ECON 426* (3) Labour Economics
ECON 434 (3) Current Economic Problems
ECON 440 (3) Health Economics
ENGL 407 (3) The 20th Century
ENGL 409 (3) Studies in a Canadian Author
ENGL 410 (3) Theme or Movement Canadian Literature
ENGL 411 (3) Studies in Canadian Fiction
ENGL 414 (3) Studies in 20th Century Literature 1
ENGL 415 (3) Studies in 20th Century Literature 2
ENGL 418 (3) A Major Modernist Writer
ENGL 419 (3) Studies in 20th Century Literature
ENGL 422 (3) Studies in 19th Century American Literature
ENGL 423 (3) Studies in 19th Century Literature
ENGL 440 (3) First Nations and Inuit Literature and Media
HISP 301 (3) Hispanic Literature - English Translation 1
HIST 408 (3) Colonialism and Native Peoples
HIST 409 (3) Themes in Latin American History 2
HIST 424 (3) Gender, Sexuality & Medicine
HIST 431 (3) Topics in U.S. History
HIST 434 (3) British North America 1760-1867
HIST 447 (3) The Natural History of America
HIST 461D1 (3) Topics in Modern U.S. History
HIST 461D2 (3) Topics in Modern U.S. History
HIST 462D1 (3) Topics: Canadian Conservatism
HIST 462D2 (3) Topics: Canadian Conservatism
HIST 530 (3) U.S. Foreign Relations
LING 320 (3) Sociolinguistics 1
MGCR 352 (3) Marketing Management 1
MRKT 354 (3) Marketing Management 2
MRKT 452 (3) Consumer Behaviour
POLI 416 (3) Political Economy of Canada
POLI 427 (3) Selected Topics: Canadian Politics
POLI 469 (3) Politics of Regulation
POLI 478 (3) The Canadian Constitution
SOCI 318 (3) Television in Society
SOCI 435 (3) Popular Culture
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