The Canadian Studies Program (CSP) examines Canada's trade, financial and commercial relations. The program also provides the perspective of unique political and cultural institutions, comparing the nation with other middle-sized open economies and industrial democracies.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
“In an age of huge structural change, Canada and the United States must reaffirm the importance of the greatest partnership in history. Regarding trade, investment, oil production, environmental matters and the management of global relations, the two nations need each other. Canadian Studies at SAIS explores all dimensions of this crucial interaction.”Charles F. Doran, --Canadian Studies
Students concentrating in Canadian Studies can choose to focus on either of two tracks: (1) Canada and Energy or (2) Canada and Latin America.
This concentration is an excellent choice for those who want to combine a regional studies program with a functional program. For example, a student can combine Canadian Studies with General International Relations or Global Theory and History.
Internships offer real-world experiences that prepare students for their careers and for the job market. Each year, Canadian Studies provides students with the opportunity to obtain internships in Canada, the United States and Latin America. The program helps students secure summer internships that complement their course work and facilitate finding jobs after graduation in the private sector, government and nongovernmental organizations.
Throughout the semester, academics, diplomats and business professionals give informal lectures on varied topics related to Canadian policy.
All students in Western Hemisphere Studies are eligible to participate in the biennial trip to Canada if they have taken at least one Canadian Studies course.