Canadian university cuts Canadian studies program; US university adds Canadian studies program

by E Wayne Ross on April 17, 2009

The Chronicle: Oh. Canada.

On the old MTV game show Remote Control, contestants were often challenged to determine whether an erstwhile celebrity was “dead, or Canadian?” For Simon Fraser University’s Canadian-studies program, the answer is “both.”

Facing budget problems and declining interest from students, the British Columbia institution decided to nix the program, effective April 1. But south of the border, the University of North Dakota — in balmy Grand Forks — has asked the State Board of Higher Education for permission to add a Canadian-studies minor to its curriculum. The university already offers a handful of courses that could be reclassified as Canadian studies, and three professors have volunteered to co-teach a survey course.