Welcome to the Canadian Studies Academic Program at the University at Buffalo. Launched in 2007, the program mobilizes and draws upon a wide range of faculty expertise and interest in Canada. You can access a brochure here.
We are excited to be launching a new Joint Master of Arts in Canadian-American Studies with Brock University in the Fall of 2013. This is UB and Brock's first international joint graduate degree. Take advantage of our border location and earn more for your time and money - two countries, two universities, and one graduate degree!
It is vital for citizens on both sides of the border to understand one another. Canada is the closest and most important ally and partner of the United States. Over a billion dollars (US) in goods and services crosses the Canadian-American border every day, making our bilateral economic relationship the largest in the world. More than 300 million cross-border trips are made every year. The border separating Canada and the US is the longest undefended border in the world. Not only do we share a common heritage and centuries of peaceful history, we share a common destiny.
UB is uniquely situated to contribute to the broadening and deepening of understandings of Canada, and indeed, to enhance our appreciation of the binational relationship. Situated mere miles from the border, our geographic proximity to Canada makes it possible to engage with the country and its people with ease. The cross-border experience is experienced with an intimacy and intensity that facilitates, and underscores the importance of, understanding our relationship.
For our part, UB's faculty have long appreciated the importance of studying Canada. We are among the most active campuses in the entire United States when it comes to research and teaching on Canada. We are, therefore, an excellent place for you to study Canada and the cross-border relationship.
Prepare yourself to take a leading role in the management of the Canada-US relationship.
If you are interested in learning more about Canada and its relationship to the US, our Canadian Studies Academic Program offers a number of options. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, you can pursue a unique Masters degree in Canadian-American Studies that will be offered jointly with colleagues at nearby Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. This innovative program will have you take roughly half of your courses at UB and half at Brock, and complete a jointly supervised project or thesis. See the "Program Requirements" page for full details. If you don't wish to pursue a full Masters degree in this area, you are encouraged to apply for our Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Canadian Studies. You can earn this credential on its own, or you can fulfill its requirements while simultaneously using most of the same coursework to earn a graduate or professional degree at UB. Certificate students are eligible to obtain necessary visa status and financial aid where appropriate. All students who complete this program will receive a SUNY transcript (if they are otherwise not enrolled at UB and a Certificate from the State University of New York. More importantly, they will be equipped to contribute to the enhancement of one of the most remarkable and intimate bi-national relationships in the world.
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