In an ideal world, they say, Canadian studies programs would be as strong at all American colleges as they are at places like UVM, Plattsburgh, Bridgewater (Mass.) State College, and the University of Maine, Orono. But considering that, according to Mr. Kirkey, only 55 schools currently offer classes in Canadian studies and only about 10 of those offer it as a major or minor (others offer it as an interdisciplinary class), this is indeed a long shot.
A degree in Canadian Studies? I hate to sound like the stereotypical humble Canadian, but what’s that about, eh? What kind of hoser would want a whole degree in Canada? Surely that’s the quickest way to get laughed out of any alumni society. “So, what did you major in?” “Oh, you know, Canada” (merciless belly laughter ensues). I suppose the world needs a handful of Canada/US-relations experts, but surely there are better ways to spend four years of your life.