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Canadian Studies
Starr Lee, Senior Academic Program Coordinator
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
+1 (202) 663-5714

Overview

Understand the factors driving Canadian policymaking including commodities trade, dependence on imports, recent trends in immigration, and the legacy and future prospects of North American free trade pacts. Examine its foreign affairs policies and explore its unique political and cultural institutions.

Become an Expert

Combine quantitative skills in economics and statistics with a focus on the history, commerce, and foreign affairs of Canada. Study under the guidance of faculty renowned for their scholarship and real-world experience as practitioners. Conduct research in the field and undertake an internship with support of our extensive network.

Featured Courses

Study US-Canada relations up close and gain expertise on how the two governments develop frameworks that shape their foreign policies for decades to come.

SA.840.715

Economics of Immigration

This course is designed to focus on the economic causes and consequences of international migration.

Specifically, in the context of economic theory, students will examine the primary reasons that motivate people to move to other parts of the world and closely at the economic effects on both sending and receiving countries.

SA.840.706

Middle Power Diplomacy

This course is designed to examine how to capitalize on the structure and performance of intergovernmental policy competition in North America (where Canada, Mexico and the United States are all constitutional federations, and supranational institutions are few and relatively weak) and Europe (where several countries are federations to varying degrees, and the supranational institutions of the European Union are relatively sophisticated).

SA.840.710

North American Climate Policy in a Warming World

This course focuses specifically on how policy in North America has – and sometimes has not – addressed the climate challenge.

The driving forces and political palatability of decision-making related to climate will be discussed as well as the subsequent policies that are applied in North America. Classroom sessions will include active learning through structured student debates, engaging discussion on course materials, and guest lectures. Students will learn to undertake research and participate in dialogue that evaluates and critically assesses climate policy in the countries in question, which will have broader comparative applicability in future work.

SA.680.759

Facing the Oil Problem: The United States, Canada, OPEC and the World

Every aspect of foreign and domestic policy feels the effect of the oil problem.

Solutions will be difficult. This course assesses direct and indirect costs of oil addiction, including global warming and considers scenarios of supply disruption. Students will examine who controls oil and how, as well as “peak oil” and the loss of “spare capacity” to cushion price shocks. The course will also look at heavy oil production from Canada, America’s largest oil supplier and weighs energy initiatives, alternative energy development and future energy RD&D.

Learn from the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Charles Doran

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of Global Theory and History, Director of Canadian Studies, Director of International Political Economy

Tamara Woroby

Senior Adjunct Professor of Canadian Studies

Christopher Sands

Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Acting Director of the Latin American Studies Program, Senior Research Professor

Sarah Jordaan

Assistant Professor


In the News

Can a scandal-plagued Trudeau win reelection in Canada

Christopher Sands interviewed in World Politics Review, 10/3

Improving electrical grids could help protect the climate.

Sarah Jordaan quoted in Inside Science, 9/24

Politics turn nasty in Canada as Trudeau and rivals get personal.

Christopher Sands quoted in Bloomberg, 9/20

Who is best placed to win Canada’s October election?

Christopher Sands interviewed in Latin America Advisor, 9/20

Blackface photos test Trudeau’s ability to survive scandal.

Christopher Sands quoted in Bloomberg, 9/19


Advance Your Career

Gain the intellectual framework and analytic skills necessary to enter a variety of roles across the public, private, multilateral, and nonprofit sectors.

Recent Internships

  • C.D. Howe Institute
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • International Trade Centre
  • US Department of State
  • World Bank Group
  • World Resources Institute

 

Recent Employers

  • C.D. Howe Institute
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Government of Canada
  • International Monetary Fund
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mercy Corps
  • S&P Global Platts
  • US Department of State

Build Your Network

Join a diverse, accomplished, influential community of scholars, practitioners, alumni, and students working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Canadian Studies students attended a ceremony at the White House to welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The program hosted a study trip to Toronto, where students examined the country's energy sector.

A Focus on US, Mexico and Canadian Relations

"I liked how the American Foreign Policy program allowed enough flexibility to make it my own while at the same time providing me with the foundations of how foreign policy is designed and implemented."

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Building a Career in the U.S. Government

Danielle applied to Johns Hopkins SAIS for its strong reputation, the school’s presence in Bologna, Italy, and the number of alumni working at the US.

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Events

Oct 24 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Room 812, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Canada Public Service Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) Info Session

Information session for the Government of Canada's public services Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) program, which offers a fast track to senior policy roles for outstanding candidates. The RPL application...

Oct 28 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Room 500, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Canada's New Government: The Prime Minister and the Limits on Political Power

University of Calgary Professor Ian Brodie, former chief of staff to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and author of a new book, At the Centre of Government: The Prime Minister and...

Beyond the Classroom

Explore Canada's international affairs up close through study treks, internships, and exciting research opportunities.

World-Class Events

Hear groundbreaking research from leading scholars and practitioners at our weekly seminars. Recent sessions have explored topics including the dynamics of commodity economies, push and pull factors in international migration, and Canadian climate policy in a warming world.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring Canada's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.

Study Treks

Each year more than two dozen study treks are organized by academic programs, providing valuable opportunities to conduct field research, engage with partner organizations, and gain new perspectives on major global issues. Recent study treks have taken students to Brazil, Canada, China, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Uganda.

Student Government Association

Serve as the liaison between the student body and administration, offering ideas for programming at the school and selecting guest speakers for the faculty research seminar series.