PSU unveils Quebec studies program

PLATTSBURGH Plattsburgh State University recently unveiled its new Quebec Studies Program Monday during the third-annual Distinguished Quebec Address. The program gives students the opportunity to pursue a minor in Quebec Studies through the college's Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Quebec Studies. This is the first American university to offer a degree program focusing on Quebec, according to Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the province's minister of international relations. For Gagnon-Tremblay, it seems only natural for a campus such as PSU to focus on Canadian studies, given the importance of Quebec-United States trade and other social-economic factors. It is also necessary that the U.S. and Quebec study each other's cultures. The Quebec Studies program, which was offered this semester, has an 18 credit-requirement with a variety of courses to choose from including politics and the history of migration. The curriculum includes one three-credit French course, at the least, as well as an internship or an independent-study project. The program was approved by the Canadian Studies Curriculum committees, the Faculty Senate and the Arts and Science Courses and Programs committee. Dr. Mark Richard, associate director of the Institute, was named as student adviser.

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