Welcome to the Council for North American Studies

Duke’s strong tradition in Canadian Studies dates back more than three decades. With first-rate faculty, excellent library resources, and strong administration support, the Duke Council for North American Studies has maintained its standing and produced scores of Ph.Ds., many of whom are now teaching at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The Council for North American Studies organizes interdisciplinary conferences, lectures, and film series. Additionally, the Council offers undergraduate and graduate courses, which can be applied towards an undergraduate double major or minor, or a graduate certificate, on varying topics and themes, including Canadian history, literature, culture, security, energy, and U.S.-Canadian relations. The Council also invites prominent Canadian scholars, distinguished guests, government officials and business leaders to help promote the study and understanding of Canada. Furthermore, the Council supports participation of Duke professors and graduate students in conducting research and language study in Canada, and at scholarly conferences in the U.S. and Canada.

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Duke in Montréal

The program is set in cosmopolitan Montréal, the second largest Francophone city in the world. Participants explore how history, language, and immigration have shaped the development of Québec's marketing practices. Together with government officials, business leaders, and local artisans, students examine how globalization impacts cultural identity and how Québec markets have adapted to these challenges. Coursework and site visits are conducted in French.

Students examine firsthand the effects of the politique linguistique through case studies and site visits to companies and marketing agencies. Excursions to Montréal's world famous museums, markets, and performing arts venues showcase how the city presents itself to its more than 7 million yearly visitors. The program also includes one week at the UNESCO World heritage site of Québec City to study how artisans have preserved their cultural products through the development of agrotourism and économusées.

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