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International Studies

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Learn about the world around you. Participate in field courses or study abroad. Discover different cultures. Study a second language. Experience the problems of developing nations first hand. International Studies combines a variety of disciplines, offering students a broad understanding of international events, issues and ideas while providing valuable, practical international experience and understanding.


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Bachelor of Arts - International Studies

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Honours

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What is International Studies?

The International Studies program is designed to provide a broad interdisciplinary education and give students a deeper understanding of the world in which they live. Students will take classes that explore government, business, culture, politics and international aspects of law, science, conflict and development. Students will study everything from the conditions and problems of less-developed countries to the relationships among states and the reasons for and complexity of international conflict.

International Studies: Is it for you?

  • If you choose a degree in International Studies you will be encouraged to study outside Canada for part of your degree. Many different exchange and term abroad options are available.
  • International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to choose courses from anthropology, economics, geography, history, languages & linguistics, law, indigenous studies, political studies, northern studies, sociology and women’s & gender studies.
  • Join the International Studies Student Association and participate in activities with like-minded classmates.

Sample Classes

  • IS 211: Introduction to International Studies Development
    International Development is one of the cornerstones of the International Studies programme. In a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent, it is imperative to understand the conditions under which a majority of the world lives, how these conditions have come to be, what is being done to address concerns of inherent inequity and poverty, and the importance of doing so. This means engaging in the issues of colonialism, globalisation, gender, debt, trade, democracy, sustainable development, migration, health, education, and the emerging powers to name but a few. To make sense of such a diverse and complex set of issues, the course has three primary objectives: first, to contextualise international development into its historical setting; second, to introduce the theories which seek to understand and explain international development; third, to apply these theoretical constructs to specific issues and cases of international development. This course is intended to not only provide an introduction to International Development but also highlight the importance of this subject to both understanding the world as it is, the problems that we face, and the means to address to them.
  • IS 212: Introduction to International Studies Cooperation and Conflict
    International Studies 212 is designed to provide students with an introduction to the issues, achievements, controversies, challenges and possibilities of the contemporary world. It is well known that we live in an age of intense international engagement. Countries and peoples are tied together by economics and trade, migration, environmental realities, and popular culture while also divided by religions, values, ideologies, issues of military and economic power, and ethnic conflicts. It is difficult to make sense of the complex interactions and tensions that define our world. In IS 200, we will look at patterns of conflict in international affairs, from world wars to ideological clashes and social protests, and the processes and institutions of cooperation, which range from the United Nations and a variety of political conventions to broadly based social movements that seek to address the inequities and unfairness of the modern era.
  • IS 401: International Cooperation and Conflict
    Explores the contribution which interdisciplinary theory and research make toward understanding international issues, particularly international cooperation and conflict. Topics will include nationalism and ethnicity, the role of international organizations in conflict resolution and democratization, human rights, militarism and peacekeeping.

Career Opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Export or Import Sales Manager
  • Foreign Affairs Advisor
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • International Trade Officer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Consultant
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Consular Assistant

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational / Planning skills
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

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