Why Choose This Program?

Faculty of Humanities

Why Choose This Program?


Of particular interest is the program’s focus on interdisciplinary research in the area of borders and boundaries. The relevance of this concentration is evidenced by the geographical location of the institutions and by the existing cooperation between the two universities.

Choose this program if you want to explore a specific topic related to both countries in all its rich, interdisciplinary significance. Topics like the environment, tourism, military, culture, race, and language communities are addressed across the traditional disciplinary boundaries of History, Economics, English, Political Science, Geography, Tourism, Sociology, Popular Culture, and more. In the real world, laws, environment, cultural activities, economies, and more overlap in rich complexity. This program addresses specific phenomenon (determined by individual students) without sacrificing their complexity by limiting ourselves to specific disciplinary approaches. As such, our program is entirely unprecedented at Brock and elsewhere in North America. It is the ideal environment to rigorously study the fascinating relationship between Canada and the United States.


Major Research Paper Option

Students pursuing the major research paper option are required to take 6 half-courses (SUNY-UB equivalent of 18 credit hours) including three core seminars (CDAM 5P00, 5P01, 5P02) and complete a Major Research Paper (SUNY-UB equivalent of 6 credit hours). Normally, half of these courses will be taken on each campus.

Thesis Option

Students choosing the thesis option will take 4 half-courses (SUNY-UB equivalent of 12 credit hours) including two core seminars.  In addition to the courses, each student must complete and defend at a public oral examination a thesis of 75-100 pages (SUNY-UB equivalent of 12 credit hours).

Students in both options will also register in CDN 596 Supervised Teaching at SUNY-UB (SUNY-UB equivalent of 6 credit hours) for both the Fall and Winter semesters. Students, in consultation with the Director, may under special circumstances substitute two courses for this requirement.




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