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Canadian Studies

Connections North of the Border

At the Institute of Canadian Studies at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, we strive to increase the understanding of Canadian politics within our region and the United States. It has been established that U.S. citizens lack general knowledge of Canadian governmental institutions and procedures, political organization, and perspectives that shape the political landscape of their northern neighbor. The Institute of Canadian Studies endeavors to address this knowledge gap by engaging students in experiential and cross-border studies. NVU-Johnson’s proximity to Canada naturally lends itself to close contact and the exchange of information for promoting greater understanding of Canadian politics by its student population.

A Relationship that Fosters High-Impact Learning

The Institute is a source of information as well as a gateway to depositories of Canadian political and cultural data. We’ve developed and fostered academic, governmental, and political connections through continued travel to Canada to immerse our students in Canadian politics.

We use these international relationships to facilitate and advertise events that expose U.S. citizens to various viewpoints of Canadian politics, history, and culture.

At NVU, we see the understanding of other cultures and countries as a key to developing more harmonious and cooperative transnational relations. Hence, the primary goal of the Institute of Canadian Studies at NVU-Johnson is to initiate and participate in projects that educationally breach our shared border.


Professor; Director of the Institute for Canadian Studies; Chair